U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 22 – Sun 24 June, 2018

Well, kiddies, let’s get chompin’ and stompin’ as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (4,475 screens) storms into U.S. cinemas and devours $145.6m on opening with a $32,536 screen average. That ranks as the 4th highest opening of the year in the U.S. behind Avengers: Infinity War ($257m), Black Panther ($202m), and last week’s Incredibles 2 ($182m). The film came in 30.3% behind 2015’s Jurassic World‘s $208.8m opening weekend and was greeted with average reviews (50% rotten) and a more forgiving Cinemascore of A- from exiting audiences.

Globally, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is already a big hit with $630m in the coffers for the $170m budgeted production (China has grossed $170m with it already). With an expected $300m gross out of the U.S. plus boarding territories in the weeks to come, this puppy is easily going to cross $1bn theatrically and it’ll be full steam ahead for Jurassic World 3 which is slated for 2021.

What is the wild card on a property like this, as Deadline rightly points out, is that is doesn’t have the diversity or expansive backbone that Marvel or DC or Star Wars has. Essentially, every Jurassic film is the same premise – people running away from big animals. On that token, it’s much more in line with the Fast and the Furious franchise.

So, even though Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is 30% off the pace of its predecessor (that can also be attributed to a highly competitive release frame), it’s still a monstrous result that wins favour with the fans. That cinemascore of A- will hold so much more box office currency than the critical reaction.

Looking ahead, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has no real competition until Ant-Man and the Wasp bows on July 7 (Sicario: Day of the Soldado won’t be a threat for pole position this coming Friday), which means, even if it drops by 60% next weekend, it will still be at $230m domestic gross on its way to a post $300m life expectancy domestically.

Incredibles 2 (4,410 screens) takes a 56% nosedive in weekend 2 after shattering the all time best opening weekend for an animated film ever with a hefty $79.4m on an $18,005 screen average. With $348.8m in the can so far (WOW!), the film has completely outgrossed the original’s lifetime domestic result of $261.4m by 33.4% and we are miles off the finish line yet. Incredibles 2 will push to north of $500m domestically – especially now as school holidays fully kick in.

All Incredibles 2 needs to do is pass $486m domestically (Finding Dory’s current record) to become the highest grossing Pixar film of all time (which it will do) and highest grossing animated film of all time for Disney and cinema in general. Globally, the film is sitting on $530m. Though there is no official posting on what the budget of the film is, Wikipedia/Indiewire says $200m but take that with a grain of salt, you cannot deny how well this is doing.. What a performance!

Ocean’s 8 (3,656 screens) drops 41% in weekend 3 for $11.3m on a very modest $3,091 screen average to bring the domestic haul to $99.9m. It’s pulling up much faster than expected domestically, and you’ll see theatres shed their multiple screens on this title from Friday, with the finish line squarely in the $120m+ frame for the $70m picture. That puts the film right in line with Ocean’s Twelve ($125.5m) and Ocean’s Thirteen‘s ($117.1m) final results. The good news is, many foreign territories are yet to commence with the film, so that will bolster the global result which is currently sitting on circa $140m.

Tag (3,382 screens) falls 47% in weekend 2 for a $7.9m weekend on a $2,336 screen average. The death knell is ringing kiddies, as the film crosses $30m domestically for the $28m production, as the finish line corrects itself to $40m top end. Globally, the film is on $34m. Still, for my money, this film came completely out of nowhere and to nab $40m without headline talent in a hugely male-skew competitive market is something to give credit to.

Deadpool 2 (2,420 screens) crosses the magic $304m mark this weekend by taking in $5.1m on a $2,107 screen average. Dropping 41% from last weekend, the writing is on the wall for Wade Wilson’s second outing which will come in around the $325m mark, off 10.5% of the original’s gross of $363m domestically. Yet, this is an outright hit for the $110m production which has amassed $710m in global tickets sales thus far and will they just announce Deadpool 3 already?

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2,338 screens) slips 57% from last weekend for $4.3m on a $1,839 screen average. Crossing $202.4m domestically, it’s the last hurrah for the film which will sheds screens this coming Friday. There’s enough social banter drubbing the film without us pitching in. The film has grossed $360m globally on a $250m budget.

Hereditary (2,002 screens) drops 51% in weekend 3 after shedding near 1,000 screens for a $3.4m gross on a $1,698 screen average. With $34.6m in the kitty for the $12m production, Hereditary has also conquered $50m in global ticket sales. It marks A24 2nd highest grossing release of all time theatrically behind last year’s Lady Bird which took $48m domestically. This puppy is looking to tap out around the $40m mark.

Superfly (2,220 screens) super drops in box office by 54% from last weekend to gross $3.1m on a $1,396 screen average. With $15.1m in the kitty, this $16m production is a flop and just couldn’t cross over into such a highly competitive market. $18m finish. Look out for this in home entertainment land soon enough, kiddies.

Avengers: Infinity War (1,456 screens) sheds another 56% this weekend for a $2.4m take on a $1,648 screen average. With $669.3m in the domestic kitty and a finish line of $675m, it’s still amazing to this bogan author, dear reader, that Black Panther stole the film’s crown as the highest grossing release of 2018 with $696m. Globally, Avengers: Infinity War is the reigning champ with $2.024bn and nothing this year will go anywhere near catching that figure. Black Panther is #2 global with $1.346bn. It’s a good year to be MARVELlous.

Won’t You Be My Neighbour? (348 screens) expands by 252 screens in weekend 3 and adds 80% to its business by grossing $1.8m on a healthy $5,172 screen average. The documentary, about U.S. children’s TV show host Fred Rogers, swooned critics who’ve given it 99% fresh. Add to that the social currency of the baby boomers sentimentality and you get this stellar result. What a year for documentaries 2018 has been.

In Cinemas Friday 29 June, 2018 – Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Uncle Drew, Leave No Trace, Sanju, Three Identical Strangers

Figures from Deadline