Box office: The Star has a decent second-weekend hold

Box office: The Star has a decent second-weekend hold November 26, 2017

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The Star stayed bright with a little help from the American Thanksgiving this week.

The film, which depicts Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem from the animals’ point of view, earned an estimated $6.9 million between Friday and Sunday.

That’s a drop of 29.9% from the film’s opening weekend — and while it might be one of the bigger drops percentage-wise among the week’s top ten films,1 it is also better than the second-week drops for many other “faith-based” films that have opened in wide release, such as Miracles from Heaven (34.6%), Heaven Is for Real (36.3%), The Shack (38.1%), Risen (42.3%), God’s Not Dead 2 (44.4%), Ben-Hur (59.3%) and Son of God (59.5%).

And considering that The Star had new animated competition from Disney-Pixar’s Coco — which topped the week’s chart with $49 million for the weekend and $71.2 million since Wednesday — one could argue that it held up as well as could be expected.

The question now is whether The Star — which is, after all, about the first Christmas — can stay afloat until Christmas Day itself arrives four weeks from now.

The Star had the tenth-best opening of any “faith-based” film last week, and this week, if the estimates hold, it will have the ninth-best second weekend:

  1. 2004 — The Passion of the Christ — $53.2 million
  2. 2014 — Heaven Is for Real — $14.4 million
  3. 2014 — Son of God — $10.4 million
  4. 2017 — The Shack — $10.1 million
  5. 2016 — Miracles from Heaven — $9.7 million
  6. 2015 — War Room — $9.5 million
  7. 2014 — God’s Not Dead — $8.8 million
  8. 2011 — Soul Surfer — $7.3 million
  9. 2017 — The Star — $6.9 million
  10. 2016 — Risen — $6.8 million

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The Star has earned $22 million in total after ten days, and it thus now ranks 16th among “faith-based” films in terms of total North American gross…

  1. 2004 — The Passion of the Christ — $370.8 million
  2. 2014 — Heaven Is for Real — $91.4 million
  3. 2015 — War Room — $67.8 million
  4. 2016 — Miracles from Heaven — $61.7 million
  5. 2014 — God’s Not Dead — $60.8 million
  6. 2014 — Son of God — $59.7 million
  7. 2017 — The Shack — $57.4 million
  8. 2011 — Soul Surfer — $43.9 million
  9. 2006 — The Nativity Story — $37.6 million
  10. 2016 — Risen — $36.9 million
  11. 2011 — Courageous — $34.5 million
  12. 2008 — Fireproof — $33.5 million
  13. 2014 — When the Game Stands Tall — $30.1 million
  14. 2016 — Ben-Hur — $26.4 million
  15. 2002 — Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie — $25.6 million
  16. 2017 — The Star — $22 million
  17. 2016 — God’s Not Dead 2 — $20.8 million
  18. 2005 — The Gospel — $15.8 million

…and 14th among Bible-themed films released in the past 40 years:

  1. 2004 — The Passion of the Christ — $370.8 million
  2. 1998 — The Prince of Egypt — $101.4 million
  3. 2014 — Noah — $101.2 million
  4. 2014 — Exodus: Gods and Kings — $65 million
  5. 2014 — Son of God — $59.7 million
  6. 2017 — The Shack — $57.4 million
  7. 2009 — Year One — $43.3 million
  8. 2006 — The Nativity Story — $37.6 million
  9. 2016 — Risen — $36.9 million
  10. 1981 — History of the World, Part I — $31.7 million
  11. 2016 — Hail, Caesar! — $30.5 million
  12. 2016 — Ben-Hur — $26.4 million
  13. 2002 — Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie — $25.6 million
  14. 2017 — The Star — $22 million
  15. 1979 — Monty Python’s Life of Brian — $20 million
  16. 1980 — Wholly Moses! — $14.2 million
  17. 2006 — One Night with the King — $13.4 million
  18. 1988 — The Last Temptation of Christ — $8.4 million
  19. 2016 — The Young Messiah — $6.5 million
  20. 1985 — King David — $5.1 million
  21. 2003 — The Gospel of John — $4.1 million

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Meanwhile, in other box-office news…

Justice League earned $40.7 million and ranked second in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $171.5 million. The film has earned another $309.8 million overseas, for a global total of $481.3 million.

Wonder earned $22.3 million and ranked third in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $69.4 million. The film has earned another $894,603 overseas, for a global total of $70.3 million.

Thor: Ragnarok earned $16.8 million and ranked fourth in its fourth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $277.5 million. The film has earned another $512.6 million overseas, for a global total of $790.1 million.

Daddy’s Home 2 earned $13.3 million and ranked fifth in its third week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $72.7 million. The film has earned another $15 million overseas, for a global total of $87.7 million.

Murder on the Orient Express earned $13 million and ranked sixth in its third week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $74.2 million. The film has earned another $122.6 million overseas, for a global total of $196.8 million.

A Bad Moms Christmas earned $5 million and ranked eighth in its fourth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $59.8 million. The film has earned another $33.1 million overseas, for a global total of $92.8 million.

Roman J. Israel, Esq. earned $4.5 million and ranked ninth in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $6.3 million. The film does not appear to have been released overseas yet.

And Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri earned $4.4 million and ranked tenth in its third week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $7.6 million. This film does not appear to have been released overseas yet, either.

Next week brings us The Shape of Water, Wonder Wheel and several other limited releases.

1. Only Justice League, which plunged 56.6% — from a $94 million opening last week to $40.7 million this week — had a bigger drop in this week’s top ten, while Jigsaw, which was in last week’s top ten, fell 64.9% and landed in 14th place in its fifth week at the box office.

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