Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg has owned January the way Will Smith used to own July 4 weekend at the box office. But “Patriots Day,” another well-reviewed true-story action collaboration between Wahlberg and his go-to director, Peter Berg (“Deepwater Horizon”), is only slated to do $14 million or so over the four-day holiday weekend.
It’s not weather or reviews that are keeping people away. Maybe West Coast weather dampened turnout. Maybe the public is leery of anything labeled “patriot” with all the political turmoil roiling around the Golden Boy set to take the oath of office.
That’s the big surprise in a generally desultory pre-Oscar nominations holiday weekend, the first cluttered (several wide releases) cinema weekend of 2017.
A bad horror movie, “The Bye Bye Man,” is easily besting that — $16 million plus. And a POS kiddie monsters and trucks movie, “Monster Truck,” will manage $13.5 or so.
“Hidden Figures” is edging “Sing” to win the weekend, $19 million to $17-18.
A Jamie Foxx cop picture, “Sleepless,” is barely in the top ten. Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” opened wide, but at 740 or so screens, not wide enough to crack the top ten.