It wasn’t supposed to go like this for The Great Wall!
Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou‘s big flick starring Matt Damon (pictured above) was supposed to be a big deal in the U.S., but it completely bombed over the long Presidents Day weekend — totaling only about $21 million from more than 3,325 theaters.
Considering the film had a $150 million production budget, that’s a very, very bad showing — and remember, this is coming on a technically long weekend at the box office, with Monday’s holiday factoring into the totals, too.
Then again, maybe it was an entire box office thing; the other new release this weekend, A Cure For Wellness, showed out very poorly, too (under $5 million in total gross across 1,750 theaters), as did the comedy Fist Fight, which took in just $14.6 million from 3,100 theaters across the country.
So where did al the money come from?!
Well, look no further than what we’ve already seen in theaters, now making its second and third go-rounds: Fifty Shades Darker did fairly well, with a $20.9 million total in the three day period and, including tomorrow’s holiday, a projected $24.1 million take to add to its growing domestic tally.
And the Lego Batman Movie did well, too — it has now topped $100 million in the U.S. after taking in $45 million on the four day gross for Presidents Day weekend!
So, yeah — Matt Damon and company just lost (bigly!) to a lego movie that wasn’t even a new release.
That box office sure can be unforgiving sometimes!!!
Then again, The Great Wall has already nabbed $171 million in Chinese box office earnings, and another $73.6 million from other foreign markets, so even if it continues to do poorly in America, well, it’s winning its own race.
What about you, Perezcious readers?! Did you see anything this weekend??
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[Image via Universal Pictures.]