Weekend Box Office Report: July 15-17, 2016
Secret Life of Pets still sitting on top!
The latest effort from 'toon studio Illumination (DESPICABLE ME) dropped a little more than 50% from its opening last week, and has already fetched over $200 million domestic in ten days (plus an additional $50 million from overseas, where it won't be widely released until next month).
Opening in second place was the update of GHOSTBUSTERS with $46 million. The PG-13 reboot of the fan-favorite franchise cost a reported $144 million, and marked the biggest debut for director Paul Feig and regular collaborator Melissa McCarthy, beating THE HEAT's $39.1 million opening in June of 2013.
The very idea of relaunching the spirit-catching series with female leads was met with varying amounts of admiration and agitation from individuals (others just seemed content that Ecto-Cooler returned). But the majority of critics embraced the new version -- particularly Kate McKinnon's loopy engineer -- with a 73% average on Rotten Tomatoes.
Most of the Top 10 simply shifted down a spot, with THE LEGEND OF TARZAN continuing a surprisingly muscular performance in third place with $11.1 million as it climbed past $100 million on its third weekend in theaters. The $180 million Alexander Skarsgard/Margot Robbie update of the Edgar Rice Burroughs character has now collected $193 million worldwide.
In fourth was FINDING DORY with $11 million. At a domestic total of $445.5 million after five weekends, the sequel isn't only the highest-grossing Pixar movie and the biggest release of 2016, but it has also passed THE LION KING and SHREK 2 to become the most successful animated release in domestic history. (That said, with a current worldwide total of $721.7 million, DORY has some serious swimming to ever catch the $1.27 billion global finish of current animated champ FROZEN.)
The R-rated comedy MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES was in fifth place with $7.5 million, down 55% from its opening last week for a 10-day domestic total of $31.3 million (nearly grossing its $33 million reported cost).
THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR came in sixth with $6 million for a domestic total of $71 million, shooting past the $64 million finish of the original THE PURGE and converging on the $71.9 million total of THE PURGE: ANARCHY. Its worldwide total of almost $150 million does make it the biggest in the series, all on a reported $10 million budget.
The Kevin Hart/Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson action-comedy CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE made another $5.3 million in seventh place on a slow roll to $117 million domestic and $180 million worldwide (for a reported cost of $50 million).
The new Bryan Cranston thriller THE INFILTRATOR placed in eighth with $5.2 million for the weekend, and $6.7 million since it opened on Wednesday. The R-rated story of the undercover operation into Pablo Escobar's drug empire received a 65% average from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
At the bottom was Steven Spielberg's fantasy THE BFG with $3.7 million and a domestic total close to the filmmaker's MUNICH, and Roland Emmerich's sequel INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, still on the list after a month without hitting the $100 million domestic mark.
Outside the chart, the shark thriller THE SHALLOWS and the Bollywood drama SULTAN disappeared. James Wan's THE CONJURING 2 crossed $100 million domestic and $300 million worldwide (close to the $318 million finish of the first THE CONJURING) while in limited release, Woody Allen's CAFE SOCIETY had an excellent $71k per-screen average to start.
Next weekend has FAST & FURIOUS director Justin Lin commanding the Enterprise crew in STAR TREK BEYOND, animated prehistoric beasts continue to wander in ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, and darkness provides terror in the spooky movie LIGHTS OUT.
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|#||MOVIE TITLE||WKND $||TOTAL $|
|1.||The Secret Life of Pets||$50.5 M||$203.1 M|
|3.||The Legend of Tarzan||$11.1 M||$103 M|
|4.||Finding Dory||$11 M||$445.5 M|
|5.||Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates||$7.5 M||$31.3 M|
|6.||The Purge: Election Year||$6 M||$71 M|
|7.||Central Intelligence||$5.3 M||$117.5 M|
|8.||The Infiltrator||$5.2 M||$6.7 M|
|9.||The BFG||$3.7 M||$47.3 M|
|10.||Independence Day: Resurgence||$3.4 M||$98.5 M|
|Source:||Box Office Mojo|