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Weekend Box Office Report: July 15-17, 2016

07.17.2016

Secret Life of Pets still sitting on top!

The antics of animated animals were the biggest draw for audiences again this weekend as THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS remained in first place at the box office with an estimated $50.5 million!

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
2. Ghostbusters $46 M
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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

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2:31PM on 07/18/2016
This year's movie line up lacks any luster compare to years past
This year's movie line up lacks any luster compare to years past
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9:38AM on 07/18/2016

As expected

GB wasn't #1 and will have a 60% drop next week. Those who have seen it, didn't really like it and those who haven't, won't see it in theaters. This means the movie will be quickly forgotten. Hopefully the next movie learns from this one's mistakes.
GB wasn't #1 and will have a 60% drop next week. Those who have seen it, didn't really like it and those who haven't, won't see it in theaters. This means the movie will be quickly forgotten. Hopefully the next movie learns from this one's mistakes.
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8:05AM on 07/18/2016
Can't recall where i read it but some article had predicted that Ghostbusters was going to make anywhere from $100-$140 mil on it's opening weekend. I LOL'd.
Can't recall where i read it but some article had predicted that Ghostbusters was going to make anywhere from $100-$140 mil on it's opening weekend. I LOL'd.
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9:52PM on 07/17/2016

I enjoyed

Well I enjoyed it, I saw it twice and planning on watching pets later in the week despite the mixed reviews I've been hearing about it. As long as I see that fat cat, I'm good.
Well I enjoyed it, I saw it twice and planning on watching pets later in the week despite the mixed reviews I've been hearing about it. As long as I see that fat cat, I'm good.
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12:19AM on 07/18/2016
I enjoyed it too. It's not a masterpiece by any means in my opinion, but it was fun and I'll buy it when it comes out. Pets is cute, I hope you enjoy it!
I enjoyed it too. It's not a masterpiece by any means in my opinion, but it was fun and I'll buy it when it comes out. Pets is cute, I hope you enjoy it!
9:12PM on 07/17/2016
Not surprising about Ghostbusters opening below expectations. When most of the good reviews have the phrase "Not as bad as I thought it would be" and the releasing company has spent the pre-release time alienating the audience that would normally see a Ghostbusters film you should expect it.
Not surprising about Ghostbusters opening below expectations. When most of the good reviews have the phrase "Not as bad as I thought it would be" and the releasing company has spent the pre-release time alienating the audience that would normally see a Ghostbusters film you should expect it.
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7:26PM on 07/17/2016
If you'd told me in 2010 that the third Ghostbusters movie would open below $50 million, I'd think you were crazy
If you'd told me in 2010 that the third Ghostbusters movie would open below $50 million, I'd think you were crazy
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7:09PM on 07/17/2016
I'm predicting Ghostbusters to have a minimum 60% drop next week and end up in the #5 spot. Star Trek will take #1 while pets will be #2
I'm predicting Ghostbusters to have a minimum 60% drop next week and end up in the #5 spot. Star Trek will take #1 while pets will be #2
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6:10PM on 07/17/2016
Ghostbusters ISN'T number one, thank god, but this is where studios start playing dirty and make movie trailers worded to reflect just their accomplishments within the genre, like you'll see "The Number One Live-Action Comedy in America is...Ghostbusters!" or because of the critics on RT they'll leave out the top critics ratio and just say "Critics agree, Ghostbusters is 'hilarious,' 'excellent summer fun!' and garbage quotes like that. They start cooking the books to help their image, like
Ghostbusters ISN'T number one, thank god, but this is where studios start playing dirty and make movie trailers worded to reflect just their accomplishments within the genre, like you'll see "The Number One Live-Action Comedy in America is...Ghostbusters!" or because of the critics on RT they'll leave out the top critics ratio and just say "Critics agree, Ghostbusters is 'hilarious,' 'excellent summer fun!' and garbage quotes like that. They start cooking the books to help their image, like when Kick-Ass was going to lose the number one spot to How to Train Your Dragon, which had been out for three weeks, and they added in the Thursday grosses to edge it over Dragon, but didn't add Dragon's Thursday numbers. Meanwhile, Ghostbusters was a complete elementary school fire with zero redeeming qualities. The nose-dive I'm expecting to see next week should say a lot about what's really going on with this movie.
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5:11PM on 07/17/2016
Name recognition and nostalgia along were going to guarantee that this new Ghostbusters movie had a decent opening. I'm curious to see how it does over the coming weeks. Word of mouth has been very mixed. Reminds me a lot of Iron Man 3, which had an RT score of around 75%, but the audience reaction was very mixed (I still think it's the weakest MCU films).
I'm hoping Sony will take a new route instead of giving this film a sequel, but given the number of crappy films that get sequels these
Name recognition and nostalgia along were going to guarantee that this new Ghostbusters movie had a decent opening. I'm curious to see how it does over the coming weeks. Word of mouth has been very mixed. Reminds me a lot of Iron Man 3, which had an RT score of around 75%, but the audience reaction was very mixed (I still think it's the weakest MCU films).
I'm hoping Sony will take a new route instead of giving this film a sequel, but given the number of crappy films that get sequels these days nothing would surprise me.
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6:10PM on 07/17/2016
The reaction to Iron Man 3 may have been mixed, but it's 3rd in box office for all Marvel movies, behind the two Avengers films.
The reaction to Iron Man 3 may have been mixed, but it's 3rd in box office for all Marvel movies, behind the two Avengers films.
7:10PM on 07/17/2016
@ cch1138
You are right, but my point was to point out how critics can rate a film high, but still have fans very mixed based on their expectations (especially for franchise films). A lot consider Iron Man 3 the weakest of the MCU films, but several still like it.
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You are right, but my point was to point out how critics can rate a film high, but still have fans very mixed based on their expectations (especially for franchise films). A lot consider Iron Man 3 the weakest of the MCU films, but several still like it.
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4:43PM on 07/17/2016
Great for Pets! Animation is killing it this year.
Great for Pets! Animation is killing it this year.
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4:00PM on 07/17/2016
Yay!!! Ghostcrappers didn't make #1. Hopefully it doesn't get over $100 mil domestic.
Yay!!! Ghostcrappers didn't make #1. Hopefully it doesn't get over $100 mil domestic.
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3:32PM on 07/17/2016
Wasnt Ghostbusters the franchise a dead fish? No one wanted to do a follow up. I think the studio got fed up and wanted to do something different so as not to offend while still adding nods so as to include. It was a fine line to walk. Diehards that post on geek websites are not the majority though so i wont be surprised if it does well worldwide.
Wasnt Ghostbusters the franchise a dead fish? No one wanted to do a follow up. I think the studio got fed up and wanted to do something different so as not to offend while still adding nods so as to include. It was a fine line to walk. Diehards that post on geek websites are not the majority though so i wont be surprised if it does well worldwide.
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7:06PM on 07/17/2016
It was blocked in china so I wouldn't hold my breath
It was blocked in china so I wouldn't hold my breath
3:10PM on 07/17/2016

Kate McKinnon was awful

She wasn't a character, she was just a random collection of dumb faces and body tics. The movie itself wasn't terrible or great, but it was pretty dull. The final scenes seemed strangely inert. It didn't seem like they saved NYC at all, just a few people in some faceless city.
She wasn't a character, she was just a random collection of dumb faces and body tics. The movie itself wasn't terrible or great, but it was pretty dull. The final scenes seemed strangely inert. It didn't seem like they saved NYC at all, just a few people in some faceless city.
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3:01PM on 07/17/2016
Ghostbusters would have made a lot more money if the main cast was all men. Unfortunate because it was a fun and entertaining movie.
Ghostbusters would have made a lot more money if the main cast was all men. Unfortunate because it was a fun and entertaining movie.
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3:10PM on 07/17/2016
Ghostbusters would have made a lot more money if it was even a quasi sequel like Jurassic World. Remakes are just lazy low hanging fruit. This is no different than the Psycho remake, which despite being a solid film was viciously attacked by fans and the media alike for being a remake of a great film. You don't remake something near and dear to say many.
Ghostbusters would have made a lot more money if it was even a quasi sequel like Jurassic World. Remakes are just lazy low hanging fruit. This is no different than the Psycho remake, which despite being a solid film was viciously attacked by fans and the media alike for being a remake of a great film. You don't remake something near and dear to say many.
4:29PM on 07/17/2016
I love how idiots like you make stupid statements like this as if it were factual. Independence Day 2 bombed with a mostly male starring movie.

You are that person trying to make excuses as to why this movie failed and fall back on stupid predjudice nonsense. Are you that guy that ends arguments with blanket statements like "well you must be racist or a bigot or sexist."
I love how idiots like you make stupid statements like this as if it were factual. Independence Day 2 bombed with a mostly male starring movie.

You are that person trying to make excuses as to why this movie failed and fall back on stupid predjudice nonsense. Are you that guy that ends arguments with blanket statements like "well you must be racist or a bigot or sexist."
4:33PM on 07/17/2016
Um no dipshit it would have made a lot more money if anyone on the f'ing planet frigin anywhere had even remotely WANTED a ghostbusters reboot. wholly dumfuck fatman
Um no dipshit it would have made a lot more money if anyone on the f'ing planet frigin anywhere had even remotely WANTED a ghostbusters reboot. wholly dumfuck fatman
5:04PM on 07/17/2016
Not buyin it fellas
Not buyin it fellas
6:51PM on 07/17/2016
Dont worry, we arent buying your vocal diarrhea either.
Dont worry, we arent buying your vocal diarrhea either.
7:21PM on 07/17/2016
Sticks and stones
Sticks and stones
8:47PM on 07/17/2016
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11:59PM on 07/17/2016
never go full tard, everyone knows that
never go full tard, everyone knows that
12:15AM on 07/18/2016
Yes they do, Fists of fire. So maybe stop doing it. Bullies like you and Trollblo are no different than school yard bullies. Socially inept and insecure - without the ability to even discuss a movie without name calling. I'll bet you don't talk like this to people's faces. You're only brave in your anonymity.
Yes they do, Fists of fire. So maybe stop doing it. Bullies like you and Trollblo are no different than school yard bullies. Socially inept and insecure - without the ability to even discuss a movie without name calling. I'll bet you don't talk like this to people's faces. You're only brave in your anonymity.
11:16AM on 07/18/2016
Glinda,

But making blanket sexist comments like Ghostbusters would have made more money if the cast was male is fine?

If someone would have said something that stupid to my face, I would have told them that's the dumbest comment I've ever heard. And where exactly in any of these replies have I bullied? Please show me. Bullying is another overused word today, please don't use it. This is the first time I've replied to anything Brer has posted, bullying would imply that I purposely
Glinda,

But making blanket sexist comments like Ghostbusters would have made more money if the cast was male is fine?

If someone would have said something that stupid to my face, I would have told them that's the dumbest comment I've ever heard. And where exactly in any of these replies have I bullied? Please show me. Bullying is another overused word today, please don't use it. This is the first time I've replied to anything Brer has posted, bullying would imply that I purposely follow his posts and comment negatively on every single one, making it a habit.

Seems to me that you are following my posts keeping tabs on me, so I think you are the one with the problem pal.
11:56AM on 07/18/2016
Annnnd, played the bully card to shut down people that don't agree with the sexist BS remarks above. Didn't work and shows limited understanding of the internet.
Annnnd, played the bully card to shut down people that don't agree with the sexist BS remarks above. Didn't work and shows limited understanding of the internet.
8:48PM on 07/18/2016
i pray to God for you boys.
i pray to God for you boys.
2:14PM on 07/17/2016

Hopefully this is a message

for Hollywood to stop making mediocre-crap reboots,remakes,quasi-sequels of old franchises and focus on something original. I'm very happy Ghostbusters didn't hit number 1 and most likely will not make a positive return to warrant a sequel. Sorry Sony, your cash grab didn't work this time.
for Hollywood to stop making mediocre-crap reboots,remakes,quasi-sequels of old franchises and focus on something original. I'm very happy Ghostbusters didn't hit number 1 and most likely will not make a positive return to warrant a sequel. Sorry Sony, your cash grab didn't work this time.
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2:49PM on 07/17/2016
hear hear, it's like the 2 billion gross of The Force Awakens wasn't enough to convince producers to stop with sequels of old franchises.
hear hear, it's like the 2 billion gross of The Force Awakens wasn't enough to convince producers to stop with sequels of old franchises.
2:53PM on 07/17/2016
Eh I'm still worried. 44 mil is an okay haul for something that's been blasted and hated on. Let's see how it does on its second weekend before writing a sequel off
Eh I'm still worried. 44 mil is an okay haul for something that's been blasted and hated on. Let's see how it does on its second weekend before writing a sequel off
4:32PM on 07/17/2016
I liked Force Awakens. Sure , was it similar to A New Hope? Yes. But it was well made with passion and practical effects and heart. They put alot of care into that movie.

This movie was a crap fest thrown together and you can tell.
I liked Force Awakens. Sure , was it similar to A New Hope? Yes. But it was well made with passion and practical effects and heart. They put alot of care into that movie.

This movie was a crap fest thrown together and you can tell.
9:54PM on 07/17/2016
Force awakens is a great example of the repeat formula = success, a terrible message of plagiarism is I ever heard of one.
Force awakens is a great example of the repeat formula = success, a terrible message of plagiarism is I ever heard of one.
10:33PM on 07/17/2016
Lol if you say so Gin, you go ahead then and keep watching your shitty Ghostbusters and I'll gladly take Episode VII.
Lol if you say so Gin, you go ahead then and keep watching your shitty Ghostbusters and I'll gladly take Episode VII.
1:27AM on 07/18/2016
As long as we both enjoy what entertains us, everyone wins
As long as we both enjoy what entertains us, everyone wins
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