Holdovers set off plenty of fireworks at the box office this Fourth of July weekend, with the high-profile newcomers struggling in extended debuts.
Once again, the #1 film is Jurassic World, which brought in $43.8 million over the three-day weekend. This puts the sci-fi blockbuster at a whopping $558.1 million domestically, meaning it has eclipsed The Dark Knight and currently ranks as the U.S.’ fourth highest-grossing film ever. Next on that list is The Avengers, and should Jurassic World keeping selling tickets at this pace, it’s only a matter of time before it passes Earth’s Mightiest on the all-time charts as well. Goes to show that nostalgia isn’t enough to bring in the masses – a good reception is even more important.
The #2 film this weekend is Inside Out. Pixar’s latest made $30.1 million in its third weekend to raise its domestic total to $246.1 million. It’s already the seventh biggest movie in the studio’s library, and with many more weeks of summer remaining, it will only continue to move past some of Pixar’s earliest works.
Coming in third is Terminator: Genisys (read our review), which landed with the thud of a $28.7 million opening weekend. That blow is softened a bit by the fact that the film actually was released on Wednesday, July 1, so its domestic total currently stands at $44.1 million. However, that doesn’t make things much better. Paramount heavily marketed the franchise reboot, and was clearly hoping for something more than this modest figure for its troubles. Genisys’ opening weekend is far lower than Terminator: Salvation‘s first three days ($42.5 million), meaning that even with the extended holiday frame, the new installment had troubles.
The primary culprit for all this is most likely the critical reception Genisys faced heading into theaters. Ever since James Cameron’s beloved Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the series’ sequels have had difficulties generating the kind of acclaim the first two movies did. This one was no different, as the maligned marketing campaign obviously failed to draw viewers in, spoiling certain plot elements and painting a muddled picture of what exactly was at stake. The only silver lining is the international gross, which is at $129.6 million worldwide. Still, Genisys has a long way to go to achieve commercial respectability.
The #4 film this weekend is Magic Mike XXL (read our review), which brought in a weak $11.6 million for the three-day weekend. Like Terminator, this male stripper sequel opened on Wednesday, so the domestic total is at $26.6 million right now. Even so, that means this followup made less money in five days than its well-received original did in three. That’s an area of great concern and suggests that Mike and his friends won’t be able to find the magic this time around.
As was the case with Terminator, a big reason why Magic Mike XXL underperformed was because of the critical reception. While the first film was praised for having a deep story to go along with the eye candy, the general consensus was that the sequel was everything guys feared the first movie would be. That reception gave the film a very limited appeal going into the holiday weekend (a reported 96% of audience members were female), and as we progress through the summer movie season, it’s hard to see XXL turning things around and becoming a big hit.
Rounding out the top five is Ted 2, which made $11 million in its second weekend. Seth MacFarlane’s comedy sequel has grossed $58.3 million total so far, which is considerably less than what the 2012 original made at the same point in its theatrical run ($119.8 million).
Max comes in at #6 with $6.6 million. So far, it has grossed $25.3 million in its domestic run.
Paul Feig’s Spy is #7 after grossing $5.5 million in its fifth weekend. The Melissa McCarthy vehicle has made $97.8 million Stateside so far.
In at #8 this week is San Andreas. The disaster thriller brought in $3 million to raise its domestic total to $147.3 million.
Indie darling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl comes in at #9 following a small expansion. Playing in 870 theaters this weekend, the drama made $1.3 million. It’s grossed $4 million in the U.S. so far.
Finishing off the top ten is Dope. The Sundance hit made $1 million over the weekend and is currently at $14.1 million domestically.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates – based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, July 6 – at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo