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The Martian has being doing stellar since the last time we checked in with it and, as of yesterday, is lagging behind Gravity‘s daily numbers by roughly $6 million. Currently sitting at $67.9 million domestically, The Martian is prepped to just cross the $100 million line this weekend with around a 35% drop and another $35.3 million.
Turns out the world loves The Martian just as much as TIFF did, and for good reason. Worldwide, it’s drawn in $98.9 million so far, and with little competition it’ll keep on dominating the box office for now.
It feels like everyone’s just been waiting for The Martian to open, and inventive advertising has made us even more eager to see Matt Damon’s eternal hopefulness on the big screen this weekend. Similarly-themed stranded-in-space flick Gravityopened to the tune of $55.8 million in 2013, and Fox hopes The Martian can best or beat those numbers.
Come this Friday, Hotel Transylvania 2 will be battling it out with Everest, but families will be the driving force behind the former’s weekend win. Not since Minions has there been a wide-release animated family movie, and it’s tracking high, even for a sequel.
It was a close race between Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and its predecessor, with Scorch Trials falling behind day-by-day as well as over its opening weekend. Black Mass performed with an expected $22.6 million, leaving a little to be desired with a reported $53 million budget and not much movement in foreign markets.
Pre-ticket sales for both Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and fellow opener Black Mass have been close so far, but Scorch Trials will win out simply thanks to better marketing and a wider audience. And Scorch Trials is shaping up to be big, at least in comparison to recent box office numbers.
It was a long fall to 3rd place, with War Room making less than a third of what The Visit pulled in. The faith-based family film sits at $39.6 million domestically, surpassing both writer-director Alex Kendrick’s previous successes Courageous and Fireproof.
In a weekend of thriller releases, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit opens alongside The Perfect Guy. The newcomers will claim the top 2 spots, simply from a lack of other options at the theater.
In an unexpected upset, War Room seems to have gotten some heavenly help to reach the #1 spot this Labor Day weekend. Officially keeping Straight Outta Compton from holding onto first place for a solid month, the faith-based film saw a minimal 16% drop from last week and pulled in just shy of $9.5 million in its second weekend.
It’s been a rough few weeks to say the least, and the Labor Day box office look to be as lazy as ever. The drop off we’ll see this weekend will be considerably smaller, closer to 20-30%. Still, it’s not looking good for newcomers The Transporter Refueled and A Walk in the Woods.
Nothing can top Straight Outta Compton going into its 3rd weekend, even with a 40-45% fall. At $118.9 million total, Compton has nearly doubled its $60 million opening. The box office was lackluster last weekend, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be anywhere close to recovering until mid-September
What with a weekend of low-earnings and some small, unexpected wins, it looks like the summer season is truly at a close. Compton suffered from a 56% drop, while Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation fell only 33%.
Even with three more openers this weekend–Sinister 2, American Ultra, and Hitman: Agent 47–Straight Outta Compton has nothing to fear. Let’s be real, none of them have the amazing word of mouth, the inventive marketing, or the wide audience.
In another stellar example of Universal making all the right calls this year, Straight Outta Compton shot to an unexpected $60 million this weekend. Ahead of both Ant-Man‘s $57 million opening weekend and Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation‘s $55.5 million.
Universal’s looking at yet another win with Straight Outta Compton this weekend, as the biopic is receiving a lot of positive word of mouth. Rogue Nation will keep killing it, even with some competition in the action/espionage realm from opener The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Continuing a string of disappointing box office opening weekends, Fantastic Four might be the roughest of them all. At a rumored $120 million budget, Four limped to a pitiful $25.7 million over the weekend. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation claimed the top spot for its 2nd week out, falling less than 50% from last weekend.
There’s enough opening this weekend to rattle the box office, even if any summer sizzle has fizzled out and there’ll be nothing truly shaken up. Even with stellar talent involved, Fantastic Four isn’t looking so hot in early reviews.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation held its breath to a $55 million opening, far better than hoped for given early projections, but right in line with our thoughts last Thursday. That puts Rogue Nation right behind Ant-Man‘s $57 million opening and a little ahead of San Andreas‘s $54.6 million.
Vacation doesn’t have a shot against Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, but it doesn’t need to given its much more modest budget ($35 million to $150 million). Plus, Vacation will at least avoid Pixels’ embarrassment of finishing second to Ant-Man last week.
Even after dropping 56% in its 2nd week, Ant-Man reigned, shutting out Pixels by only $0.9 million. As predicted, this weekend had a lot of close calls, with the front-runners all within $8 million of each other. Pixels was hampered by extremely negative reviews.
Now that Jurassic World’s become the 3rd highest grossing film ever, and officially moved out of the top 5, there’s no real contender for a little while. In the meantime, Pixels and Paper Towns will keep the box office steady for now.
Minions took much more of a hit than predicted, settling in 58% down at $49 million, $8 million behind Ant-Man. Universal is still smiling today as it has pushed past the 5 billion dollar worldwide box office mark faster than any other in history.
It’ll be a close race, but Ant-Man might surprise us like Guardians of the Galaxy did last August. It won’t be a big, showy victory, because Ant-Man simply isn’t showing the audience draw that Minions has, but it’ll be proof positive for Marvel that taking risks pays off.
Looks like the Minions takeover of Amazon, McDonald’s, and, let’s face it, the entire world worked out. Beating out Toy Story 3 for the second biggest animated opening of all time. With a current global gross of nearly $400 million, Minions is another certified hit for Universal this year.
It’s all about Minions this weekend, no question. The Despicable Me spin-off/prequel has already pulled in $141.7 million in 26 markets in the last 3 weeks, and domestic interest is high. Minions is tracking similarly to what Inside Out was showing at before its opening at $90.4 million.
To suggest that Inside Out and Jurassic World upset the competition is making light of Terminator Genisys‘ somewhat epic failure. Granted, Genisys beat out Jurassic World in the long 5-day stretch, but fell behind in the Friday-Sunday weekend by $2.2 million.
Can Terminator Genisys keep Jurassic World from a 4th weekend at number one? Or, if not, can Magic Mike XXL? Can Inside Out finally overtake the dinosaurs? The box office will be fairly conservative this go around, thanks to July 4th falling on a Saturday, so more moviegoers will be at beaches and barbecues than in theaters.
Ted 2 performed far under what the studio hoped for, coming in second place to Ted’s opening by over $20 million. Audiences are liking it far more than critics, but apparently not enough.
There’s no denying it’s going to be a really tight race this weekend. Jurassic World, Inside Out, and Ted 2 are all being projected right around the $50 million mark. Although Inside Out is trending seriously high with parents, they haven’t exactly forgotten about Jurassic World.
In another huge box office weekend, the real shock was Inside Out, which now holds the second highest Pixar opening of all time. Audiences came out in droves for what was the first Pixar movie in two years.