Weekend Box Office (June 7 - 9, 2019)
THIS WEEKEND New Hollywood sequels opened in the top two spots, but audiences made a statement in the process saying they do not want sequels to every hit movie out there. Universal delivered a top spot debut for its franchise toon The Secret Life of Pets 2 which topped the charts this weekend with an estimated $47.1M from an ultrawide 4,561 locations for a solid $10,330 average.
Though hitting number one, and beating out a superhero sequel, Pets 2 still opened a sharp 55% below the giant $104.4M debut of the first Pets from the summer of 2016. Interest levels were not the same and some families felt there was no need to come out and see the new installment. With earlier Fandango previews, the cume is $48M.
The CinemaScore grade came in at a good A- and with schools closing every week for summer vacation there will be more available audiences for the rest of June. Pets 2 has taken in $49M from overseas markets for $97M global to date.
The final chapter of the X-Men franchise was not met with a large turnout as Dark Phoenix debuted at number two with an estimated $33M falling to the lowest level of the franchise's 19-year history. Every past film bowed to over $50M. Fox's PG-13 comic book adventure averaged $8,869 from 3,721 locations. Reviews were negative and the B- CinemaScore grade showed that fans were not too happy either. Studio demos had the crowd at 57% male and 61% over 25.
Overseas results were better with China generating the world's largest opening with $45.6M leading the international debut of $107M for a global launch of $140M. Fox's new owner Disney is expected to reboot the X-Men characters in the future and incorporate them into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Aladdin held well in its third weekend and saw a 43% slide to an estimated $24.5M lifting Disney's total to a strong $232.4M. A final near $300M is possible. The film's first trailer sparked negative buzz, but the family comedy was able to bounce back and excite crowds with its popcorn summer fun. A terrific $12.9M opening weekend in Japan helped propel the overseas cume to $372.5M allowing Aladdin to break the $600M mark for a new global cume of $604.9M on is way to north of $800M.
The monster movie Godzilla: King of the Monsters fell sharply in its second weekend tumbling 68% to an estimated $15.5M with much of its built-in audience coming out already in the first week. Warner Bros. has banked $78.6M and looks to finish in the $110M domestic neighborhood. Global is $292.3M.
The Elton John film Rocketman dropped 46% to an estimated $14M putting Paramount at $50.5M to date. Universal's fright flick Ma took in an estimated $7.8M, down 57%, for a sum of $32.8M.
Two summer action sequels which definitely have been exciting moviegoers followed. John Wick: Chapter 3 declined by only 33% to an estimated $7.4M for the smallest drop in the top ten. Lionsgate has now collected $138.7M domestic, $113.6M from overseas, and $252.3M global. Among headlining movies, this is now the top-grossing film for Keanu Reeves since the Matrix sequels from 16 years ago.
The biggest blockbuster in years followed as Avengers: Endgame dipped 40% to an estimated $4.8M raising its domestic haul to $824.4M. Overseas markets have now kicked in $1.91 billion for a global tally of $2.73 billion. The Marvel juggernaut does not look likely to beat Avatar's all-time record of $2.79 billion global, unless some re-release is done. But still it is a gargantuan box office achievement.
Pokemon Detective Pikachu followed with an estimated $3M, down 57%, for a cume of $137.4M for Warner Bros. Worldwide is a superb $409.5M. The acclaimed comedy Booksmart rounded out the top ten by falling 52% to an estimated $1.6M with $17.8M overall for UA.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $158.7M which was up 45% from last year when Ocean's 8 opened at number one with $41.6M; and up 16% from 2017 when Wonder Woman stayed on top with $58.5M.
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|#||Title||Jun 7 - 9||May 31 - Jun 2||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||The Secret Life of Pets 2||$ 46,652,680||4,561||1||$ 10,229||$ 46,652,680||Universal|
|4||Godzilla: King of the Monsters||15,450,407||47,776,293||-67.7||4,108||2||3,761||78,507,504||Warner Bros.|
|7||John Wick: Chapter 3||7,416,698||11,085,459||-33.1||2,776||4||2,672||138,679,696||Lionsgate|
|9||Pokemon Detective Pikachu||3,188,152||6,953,882||-54.2||2,161||5||1,475||137,609,871||Warner Bros.|
|11||A Dog's Journey||1,295,280||1,114,385||16.2||631||4||2,053||20,976,100||Universal|
|15||The Biggest Little Farm||382,970||435,324||-12.0||285||5||1,344||2,487,374||Neon|
|18||The Last Black Man in SF||235,272||7||1||33,610||235,272||A24|
|19||All is True||226,606||90,704||149.8||328||5||691||741,653||Sony Classics|
|20||Echo in the Canyon||202,335||96,805||109.0||43||3||4,705||498,079||Greenwich|
|Top 20 vs. 2018||163,540,988||118,180,977||38.4|
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: June 9, 2019 at 12:15PM ET
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