Weekend Box Office (August 12 - 14, 2016)
THIS WEEKEND In its second round, the super villain pic Suicide Squad took a nosedive tumbling 67% but still was strong enough to be the number one movie in North America grossing an estimated $43.8M. That was a bit better than the 69% for Batman v Superman from earlier this year, but larger than what most comic book movies see on the second weekend.
Squad now sits at $222.9M and still hopes to crack $300M by the end of its domestic run. Competition over the coming weeks will not be too harsh. Overseas this weekend, Warner Bros. took in an estimated $58.7M, down 56%, raising the international cume to $242.5M and the global gross to $465.4M. Germany and Japan are still to come.
The animated pic Sausage Party scored the biggest opening weekend of the year for an R-rated comedy grossing an estimated $33.6M for second place. Sony's food pic voiced by Seth Rogen, Kristin Wiig and many others averaged a stellar $10,828 from 3,103 theaters. Good reviews and a unique concept helped lure in adults looking for original raunchy humor. The road ahead looks bright.
Disney opened its latest family adventure Pete's Dragon and was met with a decent $21.5M launch from 3,702 sites for a $5,808 average. The PG-rated entry earned good reviews and hopes to connect with kids on their final weeks of summer vacation throughout the August days ahead. A nice A grade from CinemaScore bodes well for the road ahead.
Universal's Jason Bourne followed with an estimated $13.6M falling 39% and bumped its domestic cume up to $126.8M. Global stands at $246M. The hit comedy Bad Moms held up very well slipping only 18% to an estimated $11.5M for a terrific new cume of $71.5M for STX.
The Secret Life of Pets dropped just 23% to an estimated $8.8M putting Universal at $335.9M to date and a worldwide total of $592.6M. Paramount's Star Trek Beyond grossed an estimated $6.8M, down 32%, and raised its tally to $139.7M so far.
Meryl Streep's new comedy Florence Foster Jenkins debuted to an estimated $6.6M from 1,528 locations averaging a so-so $4,306 per theater. The PG-13 film co-starring Hugh Grant earned good reviews but played mostly to one quadrant - older females.
The Kevin Spacey family comedy Nine Lives dropped 44% to an estimated $3.5M upping its sum to a weak $13.6M for EuropaCorp. The horror flick Lights Out fell 46% to an estimated $3.2M giving the low-budget fright flick $61.1M to date for Warner Bros.
The specialty marketplace saw an impressive debut from the Jeff Bridges-Chris Pine film Hell or High Water which made off with an estimated $592,000 from 32 locations for a solid $18,500 average. Critics praised the film across the board and next weekend will see an expansion. CBS Films is distributing in partnership with Lionsgate.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $152.9M which was up 18% from last year when Straight Outta Compton opened at number one with $60.2M; and up 22% from 2014 when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stayed in the top spot with $28.M.
Compared to projections, Sausage Party opened ahead of my $23M forecast while Pete's Dragon was close to my $19M prediction. Florence Foster Jenkins was also near my $8M projection.
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Be sure to check back on Monday for final figures and again on Thursday for a complete summary, including projections, for next weekend when Kubo and the Two Strings, War Dogs, and Ben-Hur open.
|#||Title||Aug 12 - 14||Aug 5 - 7||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||Suicide Squad||$ 43,536,013||$ 133,682,248||-67.4||4,255||2||$ 10,232||$ 222,640,741||Warner Bros.|
|6||The Secret Life of Pets||9,064,545||11,500,590||-21.2||2,958||6||3,064||336,166,640||Universal|
|7||Star Trek Beyond||6,892,793||10,036,030||-31.3||2,577||4||2,675||139,772,742||Paramount|
|8||Florence Foster Jenkins||6,601,313||1,528||1||4,320||6,601,313||Paramount|
|10||Lights Out||3,215,446||6,006,454||-46.5||1,652||4||1,946||61,130,264||Warner Bros.|
|13||Ice Age: Collision Course||2,053,831||4,325,094||-52.5||1,548||4||1,327||58,727,102||Fox|
|19||Hell or High Water||621,329||32||1||19,417||621,329||Lionsgate/CBS|
|20||Central Intelligence||410,366||371,126||10.6||295||9||1,391||126,660,783||Warner Bros.|
|Top 5||$ 124,523,300||$ 191,627,999||-35.0|
|Top 20 vs. 2015||166,807,394||144,250,254||15.6|
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 14, 2016 at 1:30PM ET
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