Weekend Box Office (August 3 - 5, 2018)
by Sujit Chawla
THIS WEEKEND Tom Cruise held off some newcomers whose results went from decent to poor. Very, very poor.
Mission: Impossible - Fallout slipped 43% from its opening weekend to an estimated $35M bringing its total up to $124.5M. A final domestic cume in the $220M arena is very possible, which would make it the highest grossing entry in the series, almost guaranteeing another trip to the impossible with Cruise and company. Overseas it added an additional $76M to bring its international total up to $205M for a worldwide cume of just under $330M with a major release in China still to come at the end of the month.
Debuting in second place (a rarity for a Disney-branded film) was the latest tale of Winnie-the-Pooh in Christoper Robin which opened to an estimated $25M from 3,602 theaters for a per screen average of $6,914. It becomes only the second major release from Disney not to open at number one since September of 2016. Critics were more positive than negative while audiences dug what they saw giving the film an A CinemaScore.
On the flip side you had The Spy Who Dumped Me arriving in third place with $12.3M, according to estimates, from 3,111 theaters for an average of only $3,970. The Lionsgate release failed to register with audiences or critics and won't be heard from much again.
A string of sequels controlled the middle part of the box office with Mamma Mia 2 dropping just under 40% from last weekend to an estimated $9M bringing its total up to $91M after three weeks. Running right alongside it was The Equalizer 2 which added another $8.8M, according to estimates, bringing its total up to just under $80M, also after three weeks. In its fourth weekend, the animated Hotel Transylvania 3 added an estimated $8.2M bringing its cume up to $136M, while Ant-Man and the Wasp brought its totals up to $195M after five weekends, adding an additional $6.2M this weekend, according to estimates.
The Spy Who Dumped Me can take solace in the fact that it wasn't The Darkest Minds which debuted to a very poor $5.8M, according to estimates, from 3,127 theaters for a per screen average of only $1,855. Reviews were extremely bad and audiences could only muster up a B CinemaScore. Another YA title bites the dust at the box office.
A couple of (very, very different) animated films rounded out the top 10. Disney's The Incredibles 2 picked up an additional $5M this weekend, according to estimates, bringing its record-breaking cume up to a whopping $583M after two months. And in tenth place was Teen Titans Go! To the Movies which picked up an estimated $4.8M bringing its total to $20.7M. And finally this weekend, Disney had another reason to celebrate as in its 25th weekend, Black Panther crossed the $700M mark, making it only the third film in history to do so at the domestic box office. Congrats to T'Challa and family!
The top ten films grossed an estimated $120.3M which was up 14% from last year when The Dark Tower opened at number one with $19.1M; but off 44.7% from 2016 when Suicide Squad shattered the August weekend box office record with a massive $133.7M opening
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Be sure to check back on Thursday for a complete summary, including projections, for next weekend when Dog Days (on Wednesday), The Meg, BlacKkKlansman and Slender Man 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: August 5, 2018 at 5:15PM ET
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