Melissa McCarthy proved once again she’s the queen of comedy at the box office this week, continuing her hot streak with director Paul Feig.
The first place film this week is Spy, which made $30 million in its first three days. That the McCarthy vehicle finished in this spot isn’t surprising, but the amount of money it brought in is. Going into the weekend, early tracking suggested the action/comedy would bring in around $43 million, a projection that proved to be way off. Despite a strong critical reception (read our review), audiences weren’t too keen on rushing out to the theater to support it. As such, it will be interesting to see how Spy performs over the course of its run, as there are several highly-anticipated projects arriving in the coming weeks.
That’s not to say Spy is a total wash. Internationally, the film made $56.5 million and has grossed $86.5 million worldwide. Since the production budget was estimated at about $65 million, it should be a decent hit for Fox when it’s all said and done. So regardless of how strong of a hold it is, the studio should be pleased with what they bring in. It just won’t be as much as they initially hoped.
Coming in at #2 is last week’s champ, San Andreas with $26.4 million, a solid 51.6 percent decrease from its opening weekend numbers. The Dwayne Johnson disaster film is now at $92.1 million Stateside.
The #3 film is the new horror film, Insidious: Chapter 3 (read our review), which brought in $23 million during its opening weekend. That’s in line with the expectations analysts had for it, but it’s still not a stellar debut. For comparison’s sake, Insidious: Chapter 2 made $40 million during its first three days in 2013, so the brand recognition didn’t do the film any favors here. This is a horror movie, so the production budget probably wasn’t too high (meaning it won’t take much to recoup the costs), but Focus Features was likely hoping for more than this. The chances Insidious 3 displays strong legs and becomes the horror hit of the summer are low.
Entourage (read our review) comes in at #4 with $10.4 million. That low figure is essentially a byproduct of the film opening on Wednesday, June 3 to get a jump start on the competition. The film adaptation of HBO’s famous dramedy series is now at $17.8 million domestically, indicating that even with an omnipresent marketing campaign that celebrated the gang’s return, the appeal for the project didn’t go beyond enthusiastic fans of the show. The critical reception hurt its chances of being a crossover hit, and Entourage will soon be a fleeting memory in the minds of moviegoers.
Rounding out the top five is Mad Max: Fury Road with $7.9 million. George Miller’s action film continues to hold well four weeks into its theatrical run, and is now at $130.8 million in the U.S. Internationally, the movie has more than doubled its production budget thanks to a $307.8 million global gross. So if Miller has ideas for a sequel, WB is probably willing to listen.
Pitch Perfect 2 is in at #6 after making $7.7 million in its fourth week. The musical comedy has now grossed $160.9 million domestically.
The #7 film this week is Tomorrowland, which brought in $7 million this weekend. Brad Bird’s film has made just $76.2 million in the States and still has a little ways to go before its worldwide numbers (currently $169.7 million) catch up to the production and marketing costs (in excess of $190 million), so Disney isn’t in the black yet. At least they have Star Wars to look forward to.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is #8 this week with $6.2 million. The superhero sequel has now made $438 million domestically and is now the fifth highest-grossing film of all-time after crossing $1.3 billion globally.
Cameron Crowe’s Aloha plummets to #9 this week with $3.3 million. The box office bomb has made only $16.3 million domestically.
Finishing off the top ten is Poltergeist with $2.8 million. The horror remake has now made $44.4 million in the States.
[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, June 8 – at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo