It was a close race for the top spot this weekend at the box office, but the pets were not afraid of any ghosts.
Repeating as champion is The Secret Life of Pets, which made $50.5 million in its second weekend. That's a 51.5 percent decrease from its debut, illustrating that the film has strong legs. The family demographic has been feasting on animated films this summer, with Pets coming hot out of the gates immediately following Finding Dory. Thanks to mostly positive reviews and an intriguing premise, the latest from Illumination Entertainment has been one of the few bright spots of the season. It's already at $203.1 million domestically, turning a healthy profit just from the Stateside numbers.
Opening in second is Ghostbusters (read our review) with $46 million, which was in line with some estimates heading into the weekend. The film was a lighting rod for controversy from the moment it was announced (for a variety of reasons), and despite being a "national debate," it had to settle for a solid, not great first three days. Ghostbusters received a small boost from the professional reviews, which were mostly positive, but it still had an uphill climb due to the many viewers who were against it. Sony is saying that a sequel will happen, but the reboot still has a ways to go before it becomes a profitable investment.
As we've said before, Ghostbusters is probably going to have to rely on the international box office in order to get into the black. Currently, its worldwide total stands at $65.1 million, but it has yet to open in several markets. It will be interesting to keep an eye on this one and see how things pan out. With more highly anticipated tentpoles arriving in the U.S. very soon, Ghostbusters is in danger of getting lost in the shuffle as summer marches on. Ghostbusters set a new record for largest opening weekend by a Paul Feig film, but it's hard to call this an outright winner just yet.
In third is The Legend of Tarzan, which made $11.1 million during its third weekend. The action/adventure film is now up to $103 million Stateside. When the foreign numbers are accounted for, it's made back its $180 million production budget, but at $192.6 million worldwide, it's hard to call this an overwhelming success. It is something of a surprise that Tarzan performed this well, but Warner Bros. may still have to write it off at the end of the day.
The #4 film is Finding Dory, which made $11 million this weekend. Pixar's newest blockbuster raised its domestic total to an impressive $445.5 million.
Rounding out the top five is Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. The R-rated comedy brought in $7.5 million in its second weekend, increasing its domestic total to $31.3 million.
In sixth is The Purge: Election Year. Making $6 million, the horror sequel has now grossed $71 million in its domestic run.
Central Intelligence comes in seventh place. The action comedy continues its steady run through theaters, adding $5.3 million to its domestic total. To date, it's made $117.5 million.
Crime drama The Infiltrator (read our review) debuts in the #8 spot. Though the film had intriguing subject matter and fan-favorite Bryan Cranston in the lead, it couldn't draw too large a crowd amidst the higher profile productions playing. In its first three days, Infiltrator made just $5.2 million.
Steven Spielberg's The BFG comes in ninth with $3.7 million. The family film is now at $47.3 million domestically.
Capping off the top ten is Independence Day: Resurgence. The sci-fi sequel added $3.4 million to its domestic total, which currently stands at $98.5 million.
[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 18 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo