Weekend Box Office (July 13 - 15, 2018)
by Sujit Chawla
THIS WEEKEND Sequels continued to dominate the box office as the third film in the Hotel Transylvania series easily defeated last weekend's champ as well as new original fare from The Rock.
Adam Sandler and company delivered another strong opening with Hotel Transylvania 3 which took in an estimated $45.4M from 4,267 theaters for a per screen average of $10,335. The opening was on par the two previous films in the series as part 1 opened in September of 2012 to $42.5 and part 2 opened three years later to $48.4. This is the first film in the series to open in the summer so it's likely competition will be stiffer in the coming weeks leading to a lower overall finale, but it's still a solid opening. Reviews were on the positive side of mixed while audiences gave the film an A- CinemaScore.
Ant-Man and the Wasp tumbled in its second weekend to an estimated $28.8M, down 62% from its opening, bringing its total up to $132.8M. By comparison the original fell 56.5% in its second weekend. Still, it's running 25% ahead of the original and could see a final gross in the $210-220M area. Internationally it added an additional $35M bringing its worldwide cume up to $283M.
Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson's latest misfired a bit as his Skyscraper, the only original film in the top five, managed a underwhelming $25.5M, according to estimates, from 3,782 theaters for a per screen average of 6,738. Critics again were mixed, but this time on the negative side, while audiences gave the film a decent B+ CinemaScore. Internationally the film opened to an estimated $40.4M with China opening next weekend, which could make or break the film.
Back to the megasequels for the next couple of spots. In fourth place, continuing its recordbreaking performance, was Incredibles 2 which took in an estimated $16.2M bringing its cume up to $535.8M. Overseas the film added just under $50M bringing its international total to $321M. Its worldwide total stands at $856M. Fifth place belonged to the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom which added an estimated $15.5M this weekend bringing its total up to $363.3M after a month of play. Worldwide its cume now stands at a monsterous $1.1B.
The prequel The First Purge fell 47.5% in its second lap to an estimated $9.1M bringing its total up to $49.5M. A finale in the $70-75M range is in order which would be on par with the other films in the series (in order, $64M, $71M and $79M).
What is definitely the most original film in the top 10, Sorry To Bother You added 789 screens and took in an estimated $4.3M bringing its cume up to $5.3M. Sicario: Day of the Soldado landed in eighth place with an estimated $3.8M for a new total of $43M. Ninth place belonged to Uncle Drew which added an additional $3.2M, according to estimates, for an overall cume of $36.7M. And rounding out the top 10 were the women of Ocean's 8 which took in an estimated $2.9M bringing with it a new total of $132.3M.
And one debut of note, the critically acclaimed Eighth Grade opened to an estimated $252,284 from only 4 screens for a whopping $63,071 average.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $153.5M which was down 1.6% from last year when War for the Planet of the Apes opened at number one with $56.3M; but up 1.4% from 2016 when The Secret Life of Pets remained in the top spot with $50.8M.
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Be sure to check back on Thursday for a complete summary, including projections, for next weekend when The Equalizer 3, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and Unfriended: Dark Web all open.
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: July 15, 2018 at 2:30PM ET
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