U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 16 – Sun 18 June, 2017

The franchise machine keeps grinding the wheels as Pixar’s Cars 3 (4,256 screens) takes the checkered flag with a winning $51.8m for its opening weekend on a $12,171 screen average. Height of summer + lack of dedicated kids product = gold. Though it is 21.63% behind 2011’s Cars 2 which opened to $66.1m, it’s still a solid result for the sequel which will look to gross around the $160m mark domestically. This franchise averages 65% of its business internationally so that should put the global gross at around the $450m mark. Here’s a fun fact: did you know that Cars 2 cost a reported $200m to produce!? Can you believe that!? Though no production budget for Cars 3 has been made public, it’d be a darn sight less than its predecessor given the waning star power and first time director on board. I’m thinking around the $110m mark but once I know, you’ll know! Critically the film is doing okay with a 65% fresh score from rotten tomatoes.

Wonder Woman (4,018 screens) rakes in another $40m for its third weekend to bring the domestic haul to $274m on a $9,955 screen average. Still plenty of juice left in the tank on this one and it should be able to crack $350m to remain as the 3rd highest grossing film of 2017 in the U.S. behind Beauty and the Beast ($503m) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($390m by the time it finishes). If the film hits $350m it domestically it will become the highest grossing DC Extended Universe release in the canon, knocking off Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($330m). The film has now hit $550m globally.

All Eyez On Me (2,471 screens) opens to a mammoth $31.2m on a $12,626 screen average. The Benny Boon directed Tupac Shakur behemoth biopic (it runs 140 minutes) smashed the highest screen average for the week as it tapped into the Straight Outta Compton market though they are both very different films. SOC opened to $60.2m on 2,757 screens, which puts this 48% off the pace on 89.6% of the screens. The film isn’t without controversy, either, with Jada Pinkett-Smith coming out decrying the film as inaccurate and a misrepresentation of her and events in the singer’s history. Critics hated it, too, scoring it 24% rotten which could play into the movie’s ongoing multiplier next weekend. $50m.

The Mummy (4,034 screens) plummets 57% in week 2 for a $13.5m take on a $3,327 screen average. With $56.1m in the kitty on the $125m production (though rumours are saying this was more in the $190m range), the film has hit $200m globally and it will be in the international markets where this big bad will need to survive. $75m finish domestically.

47 Meters Down (2,270 screens) opens to $10.7m on a modest $4,714 screen average. The compact shark attack thriller, whose rumoured micro-budget is in the $10-$15m range, did ok for a disposable independent genre release. At the same time last year (well, okay a week later) Sony dropped The Shallows, the Blake Lively shark attack movie, which opened to $16.8m and finished on $55m domestic. If that’s a rule of thumb, 47 Meters Down is 36.3% off the pace and positions its finish line at $35m. Critics were kind to 47 Meters Down handing it a 56% rotten score – usually these types of films are brutalised in reviews.

Rough Night (3,162 screens) had a rough weekend indeed, opening to a disastrous $8.7m on a deathly $2,751 screen average. The r-rated female skew comedy is the second straight wide release disaster this year for Scarlett Johannson behind Ghost in the Shell. Rough Night fared unevenly with critics, scoring it 52% rotten, and, alongside that, the film is standing in the mighty shadow of Wonder Woman which is absorbing a fair swathe of the female audience. Last year’s Bad Moms opened in July to $23.8m with a final finish of $113m for STX entertainment’s $20m production. Whilst this targets a similar audience, it’s more in the $20m finish range for Rough Night and you can bet this cost a little bit more than $20m to produce as well.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2,759 screens) is all washed up in weekend 4 with $8.5m on a $3,080 screen average. With $150.1m in the kitty domestically thus far and a $165m finish line, this is the worst performing entry in the series by a long shot, coming in 31.5% behind Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides‘ $241m finish line. Globally, it’s a better news story where the film has now crossed $620m which denotes that 76% of the business for the franchise is outside of the U.S.. With a $230m price tag before publicity and advertising, it’ll still struggle to turn a profit theatrically and there’ll be much deliberations in the Disney/Bruckheimer offices about a 6th entry and what they are prepared to spend on it…

Captain Underpants (2,968 screens) fall victim to the might of Cars 3 as it descends 40% week on week for a $7.2m weekend. With a $2,426 screen average and $57.9m in the kitty, this little DreamWorks Animation outing is certainly drying up fast and will limp through next week before vanishing when Despicable Me 3 arrives on June 30. $70m finish.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (1,813 screens) crosses $374.7m and locks in the title of the 5th highest grossing Marvel film of all time. With $840m in the kitty globally it’s also the 3rd highest grossing film of the year worldwide behind Beauty and the Beast ($1.248bn) and The Fate of the Furious ($1.23bn). The question is: Can Transformers: The Last Knight crack $1bn globally like Transformers: Age of Extinction ($1.1bn) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($1.12bn) did? If so, it will topples GotG Vol. 2 for bronze. I only mention it as that film opens this Friday and all of GotG Vol 2 screens will go to it. (along with all of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales‘)

In Cinemas Friday 23 June, 2017 – Transformers: The Last Knight

Figures from Deadline

1.). Cars 3 (DIS), 4.256 theaters / $19.6M Fri. (includes $2.8M previews) /3-day cume: $51.8M/Wk 1

2.). Wonder Woman  (WB), 4,018 theaters (-147)/ $10.8M Fri./3-day cume: $40M (-32%)/Total:$273.8M/ Wk 3

3.). All Eyez On Me (LG), 2,471 theaters / $12.8M Fri. (includes $3.1M) /3-day cume: $31.2M/Wk 1

4.). The Mummy (Uni), 4.034 theaters (-1) / $3.8M Fri. (-68%) /3-day cume: $13.5M (-57%)/Total: $56.1M/Wk 2

5.). 47 Meters Down (ENT), 2,270 theaters / $4.3M Fri. (includes $735k) /3-day cume: $10.7M/Wk 1

6.). Rough Night (SONY), 3,162 theaters / $3.3M Fri. (includes $700k) /3-day cume: $8.7M/Wk 1

7.). Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales  (DIS), 2,759 theaters (-920)/ $2.3M Fri./3-day cume: $8.5M (-21%)/Total:$150.1M/ Wk 4

8.). Captain Underpants  (DWA/20TH), 2,968 theaters (-561)/ $2.1M Fri. (-40%) /3-day cume: $7.3M (-40%)/Total: $57.9M/Wk 3

9.). Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2  (DIS), 1,813 theaters (-1,098) / $1.2M Fri.  (-27%)/3-day cume: $4.8M (-23%)/Total:$374.7m/ Wk 7

10.). It Comes at Night (A24), 2,450 theaters (-83)  / $822K Fri (-67%) /3-day cume: $2.45M (-59%) /Total:$10.8M/ Total: Wk 2

Megan Leavey (BST), 1,832 theaters (-124)  / $668K Fri (-46%)  /3-day cume: $2.4M (-36%) /Total:$8.3M/ Total: Wk 2

Notables:

The Book of Henry (FOC), 579 theaters / $509k Fri.  /3-day cume: $1.65M/Wk 1