Sunday, July 1, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Finds A Way To Top The Box Office Again As Sicario 2: Age of Ultron And Uncle Drew Have Solid Bows

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom topped the box office once again this weekend with a $60 million sum. That's a hefty gross and only the 26th time in history a movie has grossed over $60 million on its second weekend of domestic release. However, it fell 59% from opening weekend, the largest second-weekend decline of any film in the Jurassic Park franchise. Still, with $264.7 million accumulated in ten days, it's already the third biggest Jurassic Park movie ever and looks set for a domestic gross of at least $370 million. It's also already grossed a little over $930 million worldwide and with those kinds of massive foreign box office grosses, that means any kind of domestic box office, good or bad, is just gravy.

Fellow June 2018 blockbuster Incredibles 2 grossed another $45.5 million this weekend, the ninth biggest third weekend in history. That gives this animated blockbuster a $439.7 million domestic gross, putting it just under $2 million shy of surpassing Shrek 2 to become the second biggest animated film ever domestically. Looks like Incredibles 2 is on track for about $560-575 million domestically, which would make it the biggest PIXAR film of all-time even when you adjust for inflation.

Looks like Sicario is officially a franchise now that Sicario: Day of the Soldado debuted to $19 million this weekend. That's a 58% increase over the wide release opening weekend of the first Sicario movie and a solid bow for a film that cost $35 million to make. The first Sicario was an acclaimed motion picture that drummed up enough goodwill for people to want to see further adventures in the universe and combining that with the increased star power of Benicio Del Toro and especially Josh Brolin since the first movies release resulted in this one managing to become a tidy hit for Sony Pictures and Black Label Media. Lionsgate, who distributed the first Sicario domestically, is probably kicking themselves for losing the distribution rights on this title.

At least Lionsgate can comfort themselves with the fact that they did score a solid box office performer this weekend in the form of the other notable new wide release of the frame. Opening to $15.5 million this weekend was Uncle Drew, a solid bow for the comedy which managed to score the third biggest opening weekend ever for a Basketball movie. This title (which cost between $17 and $19 million to make) managed to take the star power of some NBA legends and scene-stealing actors from 2017 movies (Lil Rel Howery and Tiffany Haddish) and use it to turn a Pepsi commercial into a tidy hit.

Ocean's 8 us turning out to have some of the best weekend-to-weekend retention of any Summer 2018 wide release as it went down only 30% this frame to add $8 million to a domestic total that now stands at $114.7 million. This feature is now just a handful of days away from surpassing the $117.1 million domestic gross of Ocean's Thirteen. Fellow Warner Bros. title Tag also held well this frame as it eased down 31% to gross another $5.6 million for a domestic gross of $40.8 million. Looks like this comedy will end up cracking $50 million, a solid accomplishment for the $28 million budgeted feature. In its seventh weekend of release, Deadpool 2 dipped 34% to gross another $3.4 million, giving it a domestic haul of $310.3 million. Meanwhile, scoring the 16th best domestic opening weekend for a foreign-language title this weekend was Sanju, which grossed $2.5 million at 356 theaters for a $7,163 per-theater average, an impressive bow.

Having the second largest drop in the top 12 was Solo: A Star Wars Story, which fell 49% this weekend as it grossed another $2.2 million, giving it a domestic cume of $207.2 million. Rounding out the top ten was the Mr. Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor, which is becoming one of the big arthouse hits of the summer as it expanded into wide release this weekend, specifically 654 theaters, and grossed $2.2 million for a $3,502 per-theater average. This feature has grossed $7.4 million and certainly shows no signs of slowing down. Will it end up as only the second limited release of 2018 (following Isle of Dogs) to crack $20 million domestically? We shall see. Meanwhile, Hereditary dipped 38% this weekend to take in another $2.2 million, giving it a $39.3 million domestic haul while Avengers: Infinity War dropped 44% to take in another $1.4 million for a $672.5 million domestic gross.

In its third weekend of release, Superfly fell 59%, giving it another $1.4 million for a domestic gross of $18.3 million. RBG kept on chugging in its ninth weekend of release as it grossed another $388,000, a 9% dip from last weekend, from 185 theaters for a per-theater average of $2,097 and a domestic gross of $11.5 million. Hearts Beat Loud continued to do solid business as it further expanded its theater count as it went into 170 locations and grossed $370,090 for a per-theater average of $2,177 and a domestic gross of $1.2 million. American Animals fell 34% this weekend as it grossed another $359,983 from 293 locations for a per-theater average of $1,229 and a domestic gross of $2.1 million. Gotti fell a sharp 63% this frame as it grossed only $295,000, giving it a domestic gross of only $3.9 million.

Leave No Trace got off to a really good start in limited release this weekend as it took in $216,000 from 9 locations for a per-theater average of $24,000. That's the ninth biggest opening weekend ever for Bleecker Street and actually gives it both a better overall weekend and a larger opening weekend per-theater average than the studios Captain Fantastic from two years ago. Also opening well this frame was the documentary Three Identical Strangers, which grossed $163,023 from 5 locations for per-theater average of $32,605. That's the second biggest opening weekend ever for a movie released by NEON and the seventh best opening weekend per-theater average for a 2018 limited release. Both of these films seem poised for strong box office runs in the weeks ahead. In its second weekend of release, Damsel expanded into 31 locations and grossed $72,000 for a per-theater average of $2,323 and a domestic total of $105,082.  Also in its second weekend this frame was Boundaries, which grossed $50,034 from 17 locations for a per-theater average of $2,943 and a domestic total of $92,590. Also debuting in limited release this weekend were Custody, which grossed $5,337 from a single movie theater, and Dark River, which grossed $5,100 from 2 locations for a per-theater average of $2,550.

The top 12 movies at the domestic box office this weekend grossed a total of $167.9 million, a sum that helped push June 2018 to a monthly gross of $1.26 billion, making it the biggest June ever at the domestic box office. Pairing this news up with the fact that during the past week the 2018 domestic box office hit the $6 billion mark faster than any other year in history makes one appreciate just how hustling and bustling the domestic box office has been this year. One partially chalk this up to two of the biggest movies of all-time (Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War) opening in 2018, but the notable presence of sleeper hits like I Can Only Imagine, Book Club and especially A Quiet Place is also helping the domestic box office reach such major heights. A variety of appealing projects is the key to box office success and such variety has certainly been around at the domestic box office this year.

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