Weekend Box Office (June 14 - 16, 2019)
by Sujit Chawla
THIS WEEKEND Once again new releases disappointed as two new films opened poorly while one critically acclaimed original expanded. Luckily another Disney movie will be back in the fold next weekend to help prop up the box office.
Sony's Men in Black International did manage a number one debut but with a disappointing $28.5M from 4,224 theaters for a per screen average of $6,747, according to estimates. Reviews were terrible while audiences gave the film a B CinemaScore, which does not bode well for the future. Even last weekend's similarly lambasted Dark Phoenix opened stronger. Internationally, which is the the only place the film can be saved, Men in Black International picked up $73.7M.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 slipped nearly 50% in its second weekend to an estimated $23.8M, bringing its cume up to $92M. Look for a finale in the $150-160M range which would be less than half of the original's $368M total. Disney's latest reinvention, Aladdin, held on well in its fourth weekend, falling 32% to an estimated $16.7M, bringing its total up to $263M. Its overseas total is $461M bringing its worldwide numbers up to $724M, which gives Disney the top three films at the worldwide box office so far this year, with Toy Story 4 sure to join that group starting next weekend.
Just when you think things couldn't look worse for the X-Men, Dark Phoenix crashed in its second weekend falling a steep 72.6% to an estimated $9M bringing its total up to only $51.7M. A finale in the $70-75M range seems likely, which would be a costly mistake for the otherwise solid franchise. A reboot into the MCU is likely in the works for Phase 5, which would give us some time to forget this movie ever happened.
Who would have believed that Rocketman would end up outgrossing two franchise films this summer? Yet that looks more and more likely to happen as the story of Elton John fell 36% in its third weekend to an estimated $8.8M, bringing its cume up to $66M.
This weekend's other new wide release debuted in sixth place as the reboot of Shaft did not appeal to mass audiences, generating only $8.3M this weekend, according to estimates, from 2,952 venues for a per screen average of $2,527. Critics were not kind, though the people who did see it gave the film a solid A CinemaScore.
Monsters continued to attack as Godzilla: King of the Monsters took in an estimated $8.1M this weekend, according to estimates, bringing its total up to $93.7M after three weeks. The one non-Disney runaway success story this summer has been John Wick: Chapter 3 which had the best hold in the top 10 falling only 18% in its fifth weekend to an estimated $6.1M bringing its total up to a remarkable $148.6M. There's a good chance it will end up outgrossing both Men in Black International and Dark Phoenix combined this summer.
Expanding wide this weekend was the Mindy Kaling-scripted Late Night which took in $5.1M, according to estimates, from 2,220 theaters for a per screen average of only $2,314. Reviews were positive while audiences gave the film a decent B+ CinemaScore. Rounding out the top 10 was the thriller Ma which added $3.6M, according to estimates, bringing its cume up to $40M after three weeks.
Outside of the top 10, Avengers: Endgame continued to stalk all-time champ Avatar as it added an additional $5.6M globally bringing its total to $2.742B, a mere $45M away from Avatar.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $118.1M which was down a sharp 54.3% from last year when The Incredibles 2 opened at number one with $182.7M; and down 34% from 2017 when Cars 3 opened with $53.7M.
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|#||Title||Jun 14 - 16||Jun 7 - 9||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||MIB International||$ 30,035,838||4,224||1||$ 7,111||$ 30,035,838||Sony|
|2||The Secret Life of Pets 2||24,408,160||46,652,680||-47.7||4,564||2||5,348||92,652,550||Universal|
|7||Godzilla: King of the Monsters||8,788,845||15,450,407||-43.1||3,207||3||2,741||94,372,017||Warner Bros.|
|8||John Wick: Chapter 3||6,401,225||7,416,698||-13.7||2,033||5||3,149||148,928,130||Lionsgate|
|12||The Dead Don't Die||2,540,240||613||1||4,144||2,540,240||Focus|
|13||Pokemon Detective Pikachu||1,292,238||3,188,152||-59.5||984||6||1,313||140,800,319||Warner Bros.|
|15||A Dog's Journey||455,695||1,295,280||-64.8||310||5||1,470||21,819,250||Universal|
|16||The Last Black Man in SF||380,921||235,272||61.9||36||2||10,581||733,087||A24|
|19||The Biggest Little Farm||225,488||382,970||-41.1||176||6||1,281||2,965,354||Neon|
|Top 5||$ 90,528,461||$ 133,428,419||-32.2|
|Top 20 vs. 2018||133,929,530||267,913,883||-50.0|
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 16, 2019 at 4:15PM ET
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