Disney’s hugely successful year continued this pre-holiday weekend. With three of the four new movie releases opening far below expectations, the studio found it easy to keep swimming to the top of the box office charts.
‘Finding Dory‘ retained the #1 spot with a massive $73.2 million. That total gives it the record for the all-time highest second-week draw for an animated film. With a ten-day total of $286.5 million, it’s now the 13th highest-grossing animated feature of all time, a position that will only climb over the next several weeks. Internationally, ‘Dory’ has reeled in $110.3 million, giving Pixar’s latest a worldwide total of $369.8 million. With many more markets to go, do you think it will make it to $1 billion?
Over the July 4th weekend in 1996, the original ‘Independence Day’ opened to $50.2 million. Even without taking inflation into consideration, the sequel couldn’t hit that number. ‘Independence Day: Resurgence‘ opened in second place with $41.6 million. Fox was hoping for a nostalgia-fueled ‘Jurassic World’ of its own, but ended up with just another braindead Roland Emmerich movie. Internationally, it drew $101.4 million, which is better but still not great. At this point, it would take a miraculous magic alien Eve-ball (a reference that only the 12 of you who suffered through ‘Resurgence’ will get) for the belated sequel to match the $817.4 million worldwide total of its predecessor.
‘Central Intelligence‘ had a decent second-week holdover. Coming in at third place, the buddy comedy fell just 48% in week-over-week attendance with $18.3 million. The movie’s ten-day total sits at $69.3 million, with another $14.3 million from a portion of the international markets. The $50 million action-comedy has a worldwide total of $83.6 million.
What do the successful movies of the weekend have in common? They’re both set in the ocean. The only of the wide releases to do really well – both in terms of critical response and box office returns – was Blake Lively’s shark thriller ‘The Shallows‘, which debuted in the #4 spot. Produced on a modest budget of $17 million, it opened to $16.7 million. It shouldn’t have any issues becoming profitable through its domestic run. When the international roll-out begins, it should be pure profit from there.
Matthew McConaughey’s Civil War drama ‘Free State of Jones‘ rounded out the Top 5, but the numbers it drew were terrible. From 2,815 locations, it grossed $7.7 million, giving it a per-screen average of just $2,761. Shot on a budget of $50 million, this will be chalked up as a loss. If only McConaughey could float behind a bookshelf and send a Morse code message to his younger self that said, “D.O.N.T.” (I expect many more of you to get that reference.)
As bad as ‘Free State’ performed, it at least played better than Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest, which distributor Broad Green somehow thought would be a good idea to release on 783 screens. ‘The Neon Demon‘, a graphic R-rated thriller, only pulled in $606,594 and a per-screen average of $775. Ouch.
Unlike Broad Green, A24 understands the reason for limited and platform releases. Its oddball Sundance title ‘Swiss Army Man‘ opened on three screens, pulling in $114,000 and a solid per-screen average of $38,000. With numbers like those and heaps of buzz – be it both positive and negative – you can expect to see this one expand in the coming weeks.
1. ‘Finding Dory’ (Buena Vista) – $73,234,746
2. ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ (Fox) – $41,600,000
3. ‘Central Intelligence’ (Warner Bros.) – $18,370,000
4. ‘The Shallows’ (Sony) – $16,700,000
5. ‘Free State of Jones’ (STX) – $7,772,000
6. ‘The Conjuring 2’ (Warner Bros.) – $7,705,000
7. ‘Now You See Me 2’ (Summit) – $5,650,000
8. ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ (Fox) – $2,475,000
9. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’ (Paramount) – $2,400,000
10. ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ (Buena Vista) – $2,147,144