Weekend Box Office (May 17 - 19, 2019)
THIS WEEKEND Keanu Reeves took control of the box office with guns. Lots of guns. His action threequel John Wick: Chapter 3 beat high expectations and soared to an opening weekend of an estimated $57M nearly doubling the $30.4M debut of its predecessor Chapter 2. The new pic even grossed more in its first weekend than the first John Wick film did during its entire run.
Audience love for the series and the character has grown over the years and Chapter 3 took full advantage. Strong marketing kept interest high and with PG-13 comic book movies dominating the box office in recent times, action fans hungry for higher levels of blood-soaked violence got what they were looking for right here.
Reviews were quite strong, especially for a third installment of an action series, and paying moviegoers are liking the film a lot too with the A- CinemaScore grade. Studio data showed that the crowd was 63% male and 74% over 25. Outside of super hero films, the only R-rated action movies to ever open bigger were The Matrix Reloaded, 300, and 22 Jump Street. The new John Wick also debuted to a strong $35.2M from 66 international markets for a big global launch of $92.2M.
Following its three-week reign atop the charts, Avengers: Endgame fell down to second place and grossed an estimated $29.4M in its fourth round declining by 54%. Disney's astonishing cume rose to $770.8M as Iron Man, Black Widow, and gang sped past Avatar's $760.5M on Saturday to become the second biggest domestic blockbuster of all-time behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The North American total looks on course to end in the friendly $845M neighborhood.
Overseas markets also fell by 54% taking in $46.8M this weekend boosting that total to a remarkable $1.84 billion putting the new global haul at $2.61 billion. Eroding faster than Infinity War, Endgame is on a trajectory to finish its worldwide run very close to the all-time record of $2.79 billion set by Avatar. Whether it ends a little below, or a little above, will be up to the fans.
Pokemon Detective Pikachu dropped from second to third place this weekend with an estimated $24.8M falling 54% which was reasonable for a franchise film with a built-in fan base. The domestic cume is now $94M and is on track to break the $100M mark on Tuesday or Wednesday. It will be the first film from this Warner Bros. franchise to do it.
The pet sequel A Dog's Journey opened to less than half of what its predecessor debuted to with an estimated $8M this weekend compared to the $18.2M for A Dog's Purpose from just two years ago. Universal's new film averaged only $2,449 from 3,267 locations and appealed to families with younger children in a crowded summer marketplace.
Dropping 53% in its second weekend was The Hustle which collected an estimated $6.1M pushing the UA cume to $23.1M. Sony's thriller The Intruder followed with an estimated $4M, off 44%, for $28.1M overall.
The R-rated comedy Long Shot was down 46% to an estimated $3.4M with Lionsgate taking in $25.7M to date. New romance drama The Sun Is Also a Star opened in eighth place with an estimated $2.6M from 2,073 locations for a soft $1,254 average.
Falling 61% from Mother's Day weekend, the comedy Poms took in an estimated $2.1M for a cume of only $10M for STX. The studio's toon Uglydolls grossed an estimated $1.6M, down 61%, putting it at $17.3M.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $139M which was down 31% from last year when Deadpool 2 opened at number one with $125.5M; but up 21% from 2017 when Alien: Covenant debuted on top with $36.2M.
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|#||Title||May 17 - 19||May 10 - 12||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||John Wick: Chapter 3||$ 56,818,067||3,850||1||$ 14,758||$ 56,818,067||Lionsgate|
|3||Pokemon Detective Pikachu||25,108,159||54,365,242||-53.8||4,248||2||5,911||94,295,005||Warner Bros.|
|4||A Dog's Journey||8,030,085||3,267||1||2,458||8,030,085||Universal|
|8||The Sun Is Also a Star||2,511,530||2,073||1||1,212||2,511,530||Warner Bros.|
|12||The Curse of La Llorona||890,020||1,851,722||-51.9||651||5||1,367||53,005,382||Warner Bros.|
|16||De De Pyaar De||425,934||104||1||4,096||425,934||Yash Raj|
|19||The Biggest Little Farm||276,446||110,492||150.2||45||2||6,143||413,154||Neon|
|20||The White Crow||231,379||149,648||54.6||136||4||1,701||702,966||Sony Classics|
|Top 5||$ 126,069,454||$ 144,134,712||-12.5|
|Top 20 vs. 2018||145,523,523||207,057,434||-29.7|
This column is updated three times each week: Thursday (upcoming weekend's summary), Sunday (post-weekend analysis with estimates), and Monday night (actuals). Opinions expressed in this column are those solely of the author.
Last Updated: May 19, 2019 at 12:40PM ET
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