It was a 50th anniversary celebration to remember for the Final Frontier at the box office, even if it wasn't as lucrative as previous installments.
Coming in first place is Star Trek Beyond (read our review) with $59.6 million in its first three days. While that's certainly a respectable total, it is a bit of a decrease from the first two entries in the Kelvin Timeline. Star Trek made $75 million during its opening weekend in 2009, while Star Trek Into Darkness brought in $70 million. The lower gross is a bit of a surprise, given that Beyond scored mostly positive reviews and generated enthusiasm thanks to its word-of-mouth. A likely culprit could be San Diego Comic-Con 2016, which happened this week as well. Members of Star Trek's target audience were probably busy with SDCC and didn't have time to make it to the theater, and thousands of potential ticket buyers were at the outdoor IMAX premiere.
The good news for Paramount is that Beyond isn't a flop and the studio remains on track for Star Trek 4. Beyond should have decent legs since fans and critics have responded well to it. It will face some high-profile competition over the next couple of weeks with Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad opening soon, but Beyond should hang around for a while as the summer movie season rages on. Its time in the top spot could be short, but it should have a nice run for itself, especially when international numbers are factored in.
Coming in second is The Secret Life of Pets with $29.3 million. The latest from Illumination Entertainment is now up to $260.7 million domestically.
The Ghostbusters reboot slides to third in its second weekend with $21.6 million. That is a 53.1 percent drop from its debut, which is a solid hold. However, since Ghostbusters made a mediocre $46 million in its opening weekend, its domestic total isn't stellar. So far, it's made just $86.8 million Stateside. Globally, it's received a bit of a boost, as the worldwide haul is $122.8 million. Ghostbusters is slowly approaching its $144 million production budget, but it still has a long way to go to turn a profit.
In fourth is the new horror film Lights Out (read our review), which brought in $21.6 million in its first three days. The film has already proven to be a worthwhile investment for the studio, as the production budget was just $4.9 million. It is unlikely that Lights Out will ever break out of its niche appeal, meaning that those who are not horror fans will be less inclined to check it out, but this is still a great performance given the circumstances.
Rounding out the top five is Ice Age: Collision Course, which made just $21 million during its opening weekend. That is the lowest debut for this particular franchise by far, indicating that the demand for the property may be diminishing. The fifth movie in the series had an uphill climb since the reviews were mainly negative and the family demographic was covered by Finding Dory and Secret Life of Pets. Debuting this poorly, it's evident that Collision Course will have to rely heavily on the foreign markets to not be a loss for Fox.
In sixth is Finding Dory, which made $7.2 million. Pixar's newest blockbuster is now up to $460.1 million domestically and ranks as the highest-grossing film in the history of the studio.
The #7 film is The Legend of Tarzan with $6.4 million. It raised its Stateside total to $115.8 million.
Comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates comes in eighth with $4.4 million. It's now up to $40.3 million.
In ninth is the documentary Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, which expanded to 1,216 locations this weekend. It made $3.7 million and raised its domestic total to $3.9 million.
Capping off the top ten is The Infiltrator. The crime drama made $3.2 million in its second weekend to raise its domestic total to $12.2 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 25 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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