|Posted: 01 July 2018 at 6:33pm | IP Logged | 1
After the last couple of weeks that saw films open to more than $150 mil, this weekend was relatively quiet. No change in the top two. JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM came in at #1 with an estimated $60 mil. Important to note its take relative to the first JURASSIC WORLD. Whereas that film didn't drop over 50% week-to-week until its ninth week in release, FALLEN KINGDOM fell nearly 60% from opening to this week. The difference between their domestic takes at this point in their respective runs is also telling as FALLEN KINGDOM trails JW by $148 mil after 10 days in release ($264.7 mil vs $402.8 mil). International monies are definitely the most important factor here as FALLEN KINGDOM needs just $67 mil and change to cross the $1 billion mark worldwide, something it should easily do by Friday.
INCREDIBLES 2 continues to impress as it added another $45.5 mil to its coffers for a total domestic take of $439.7 mil after three weeks in release. It will shred Pixar's current reigning champ, FINDING DORY ($486.2 mil domestic in 2016), by this time next weekend.
Two new releases found themselves in the three and four spots this weekend. SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO earned an impressive $19 mil against a $35 mil budget. A little hard to compare with the original SICARIO because it opened in limited release and didn't expand until a few weeks later back in 2015. That said, once it did it earned $12.1 mil. Considering the original was a fall release and the sequel is squarely in the middle of summer blockbuster season, its $7 mil improvement speaks to the audience for which it's intended; older males interested in decidedly more adult fare. We'll see how it tracks over the next month or so.
UNCLE DREW looked like it might be locked in a heated battle for #3, but fell several million short. Its $15.5 mil gross is nonetheless impressive for a film that reportedly cost $17 mil. It earned just $1.5 mil less than GAME NIGHT grossed its opening weekend back in February, a film that went on to earn nearly $70 mil domestic against a $37 mil budget. In other words? UNCLE DREW looks to be a surprise summer hit.
No less impressive was the limited opening of the biographical film from India, SANJU. Already a huge hit in its home country, it opened here on just 356 screens and scored the third highest per screen average of the top ten to earn $2.5 mil.
Finally, WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? continues to impress. It has held the #10 spot for two weeks running on just 654 screen nationwide. Its $7.4 mil domestic is good enough for the second highest grossing documentary of 2018, behind only RBG's current take of $11.5 mil. There is certainly an audience for a film that is a celebration of warmth, caring and understanding.
Up Next: July 4th sees the release of THE FIRST PURGE, a prequel to the entire franchise. Then on Friday comes ANT-MAN AND THE WASP which I suspect should open to more than the $57.2 mil the original earned in 2015.
Here, as always, are the domestic weekend estimates courtesy of our friends at Box Office Mojo