THE WEEKEND ACTUALS
|Film||Weekend||Opening Weekend||Current Gross|
|Finding Dory||$135.060 million||$135.060 million||$135.060 million|
|Central Intelligence||$35.535 million||$35.535 million||$35.535 million|
|The Conjuring 2||$14.880 million||$40.406 million||$71.055 million|
|Now You See Me 2||$9.373 million||$22.383 million||$41.086 million|
|Warcraft||$7.241 million||$24.166 million||$28.433 million|
Finding Dory not only exceeded expectations but blew them away this weekend, leaving every other animated film in its wake. At a tremendous $135 million, Dory nearly doubled Finding Nemo‘s 2003 opening. The animated sequel needs less than $205 million more to best the first’s total numbers, and currently sits just behind where Nemo was after two weekends. Even last summer’s hit Minions, which saw a $115.7 million opening, bowed to Dory, much less Pixar’s former champ Toy Story 3, whose previous Pixar opening record Dory shattered by nearly $25 million. Already in Dory‘s (monocular) sights is 2016’s reigning animated flick Zootopia, which is finishing out its domestic run at $339.5 million. However, The Secret Life of Pets landing in a couple weeks could threaten big numbers. Overseas, Dory grossed another $50.7 million, scoring the largest US animated opening of all time in China with $17.7 million. Fellow opener Central Intelligence also saw a great turnout, and one a bit higher than we anticipated. Its $35.5 million beat director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s previous We’re the Millers by nearly $10 million, and just edged out star Kevin Hart’s last opening Ride Along 2 by about $300 thousand, though it did fall expectedly short of Dwayne Johnson’s last, San Andreas at $54.6 million. The action comedy grossed an additional $7.2 million overseas, its biggest numbers posting in Germany with $2.2 million.
Third place went to The Conjuring 2 in its second weekend, falling sharper than expected at a 63% drop, much higher than the original and even steeper than spinoff Annabelle. The horror sequel has grossed $71 million so far, and $117.5 million foreign. As anticipated, Now You See Me 2 swept out the rug from Warcraft and took 4th place in both films’ second weekends. NYSM2 dropped 58%, a much, much harsher drop than the original back in 2013, which fell only 35% in its own second showing. The magic movie has grossed $41 million in the States and $49.7 million internationally. Fifth place Warcraft fell an embarrassing 70%. That’s worse than last fall’s Victor Frankenstein fared and even more than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s the next highest second weekend drop of the year so far for wide release, coming in second only to POV gimmick flick Hardcore Henry‘s own 71.7%. While Warcraft has made only $38.4 million domestically, overseas it’s done remarkably well–$340 million well. China’s posted some $157 million of that total.
Besides Dory making a killing, there were a few other surprises this weekend, thanks to some big, unforeseen drops. The first was X-Men: Apocalypse beating out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows for 6th place. The 7th place finisher fell harder than expected (64%), leaving Apocalypse to pick up the slack. The latest X-Men has grossed $146.2 million in four weekends, and over $508 million worldwide. Out of the Shadows, meanwhile, has made just shy of $72 million stateside and a less-than-substantial $142.8 million worldwide. Despite seeing better reviews than the 2014 original, Shadows is lagging far behind its $493.3 million worldwide gross. The next shock was beleaguered Alice Through the Looking Glass falling only 24% in its fourth weekend with $4.3 million. The live action reboot is still far behind what Disney was hoping for, though, having grossed just shy of $70 million domestically and $167.3 million internationally. Me Before You followed in 9th with $3.9 million. The romantic drama totals at $46.1 million with another $35.8 million coming from foreign markets. Captain America: Civil War managed one more week in the Top 10, pulling in $2.3 million with a 46% drop. The latest Marvel movie’s made $1.1 billion worldwide, and its $401.3 million domestic take is less than $6 million off what it needs to boot Iron Man 3 out of third place in the MCU. Angry Birds fell out of the Top 10 entirely, taking a hard hit thanks to Finding Dory. Birds took 11th place with $1.7 million after a 74% dip, bringing its domestic gross to $103.2 million.
A week early for its holiday title, Independence Day: Resurgence hits theaters this weekend, 20 years after the original. Roland Emmerich’s smash Independence Day made $817.4 million back in 1996, and that’s before inflation. The other wide opener is Matthew McConaughey-starrer Free State of Jones, which tells the true story of a farmer who staged a rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War. Originally set to bow last month, STX Entertainment pushed Jones to this Friday instead.
(Source: boxoffice.com. Starred figures are estimates. Figures represent numbers at time of writing, and may have changed.)
Parker Mills | Contributor