With takings of $26.5 million according to Exhibitor Relations, it comfortably knocked last week’s leader — the long-awaited “Blade Runner” sequel — into second place.
Starring Jessica Rothe, Universal’s “Happy Death Day” follows a college student who repeatedly relives the day she was murdered until she discovers who killed her.
“Blade Runner: 2049” continued what has been seen as a disappointing run — halving last weekend’s earnings with takings of $15.1 million.
The highly anticipated sci-fi reboot features Ryan Gosling as a new Los Angeles Police Department “blade runner” — charged with killing bioengineered androids known as “replicants.” On uncovering a secret which threatens society, he embarks on a search for Harrison Ford’s character, a former blade runner who disappeared 30 years ago.
In at third was STX Entertainment’s “The Foreigner,” starring Jackie Chan as a Vietnam War special forces operator-turned-London businessman, who seeks revenge after his daughter is killed in a terrorist attack. Based on the 1992 novel “The Chinaman” by Stephen Leather, the action thriller took a modest $12.8 million.
Meanwhile, freaky horror sensation “It” — starring Bill Skarsgard as a creepy clown — slipped into fourth in its sixth week in theaters.
With takings dropping by over a third from last weekend to $6 million, the popularity of the box office smash based on a cult Stephen King novel — total earnings $314.9 million — seems to be gradually easing.
After spending its first weekend in second place, Fox’s “The Mountain Between Us” fell to fifth, taking $5.6 million.
Starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, “The Mountain Between Us” tells the story of a surgeon (Elba) and a journalist (Winslet), who fall in love as they fight to survive following a plane crash on a snowy Utah mountain range.
Rounding out the top 10 were:
“American Made” ($5.4 million)
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” ($5.3 million)
“The Lego Ninjago Movie” ($4.3 million)
“My Little Pony: The Movie” ($4 million)
“Victoria and Abdul” ($3.1 million)