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Hidden Figures remains on top in US as Silence, Monster Trucks and Live By Night flop

Hidden Figures

HISTORICAL drama Hidden Figures has remained at the top of the US box office for a second weekend as a trio of new releases – including Ben Affleck’s Live By Night and Martin Scorsese’s Silence – flopped.

Hidden Figures took an estimated $20.5 million for the weekend from Friday through Sunday and is projected to hit $25.3 million for the long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. If correct, that will push its US total to $59.7 million.

The film follows the African-American NASA workers during the early days of the space programme and has been one of the biggest breakouts of awards season.

Following closely in its path was another awards contender, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, which enjoyed another box office boost off the back of its Golden Globe Awards sweep. The musical looks set to finish the four-day weekend with another $17.5 million, which would bring its US tally to more than $77 million.

Horror movie The Bye Bye Man also did well, earning $13.4 million. The low budget chiller follows college students grappling with a deadly supernatural figure. It cost less than $8 million to produce – but should make $15 million over the four-day holiday.

Elsewhere in the US, Boston Marathon bombing drama Patriots Day also struggled to realise expectations, taking $12 million after expanding to more cinemas for a projected weekend total of $14.3 million.

But Lionsgate is hopeful that the Mark Wahlberg fronted film will benefit from strong word of mouth as those that did see it emerged from the cinema highly enthusiastically.

Family movie Monster Trucks was largely DOA despite creeping into the top five. The film took $10.5 million for the three-day weekend, projected to rise to $14.1 million. But that’s an extremely tame return for a film that cost $125 million to make.

For Paramount, it adds to an increasingly poor run of box office flops, given the recent failures of Ben-Hur, Allied and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

Two more massive flops came in the form of Ben Affleck’s crime drama Live By Night, which limped to $5.4 million over the three days, for a projected total of just over $6 million. For Affleck, the figures will come particularly hard, given that he stars in, directs, co-wrote and produced the passion project. The film cost an estimated $65 million to make.

Martin Scorese’s religious epic Silence also suffered a torrid time upon widening its release, earning a little over $2 million for the long weekend. The film follows the fortunes of two Jesuit priests – played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver – as they risk torture and execution to spread the word of Christianity to 17th Century Japan.

Back in the US top five, however, holdover titles Sing and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story continued to do well, hitting an estimated $13.8 million apiece. Rogue One is now the top-grossing 2016 release with more than $500 million in US receipts. It will cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office this week.

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