Weekend Box Office: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s ‘Skyscraper’ Falters

Universal Pictures The top movie at the box office this weekend was Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, the third in the Adam Sandler animated franchise. Ironically, it’s also the only place to find Sandler these days outside of Netflix, where he’s still making movies as part of a massive production deal. The film made $44 million, which is right in line with expectations. It’s almost exactly what the first film earned in its … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ Is Another Win For The MCU

Marvel Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp took care of business over the weekend at the box office. I predicted last week that there would be no more $100 million openings this summer, but if any movie could do it, it would be the Ant-Man sequel (or the next Mission Impossible movie). Ant-Man and the Wasp fell short of that mark, but with $76 million, it came right in line with expectations and seriously improved upon the opening weekend of the … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ And ‘Uncle Drew’ Overperform, While Holdovers Soar

sony Before we touch upon the individual movies this week, we should note at the halfway point of 2018 — as Deadline does — that the business of Hollywood is making movies, and business is good. Though box-office grosses increasingly seem to center around a smaller number of titles (usually of the Disney variety), those titles have propelled the 2017 box office to $2.5 billion since the April 27th release of Avengers: Infinity War, 30 … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Falls Short, But Still Beats Expectations

Universal Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom presents an interesting story from a box-office perspective. Three years ago, the original Jurassic World wildly beat opening-weekend expectations and debuted with a whopping $208 million, which — at the time — was the biggest opening weekend in box-office history (until Star Wars: The Force Awakens came along later that same year). Nobody expected numbers those big for the reboot of a … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: ‘Incredibles 2’ Shatters Records, While Moviegoers Shrug Off ‘Tag’

Disney/Pixar Any concerns studios may have had about the summer box office after the disappointing bow of Solo three weeks ago were completely erased this weekend with the debut of Incredibles 2. The film received high marks from critics (94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and an A+ from Cinemascore (the 7th for Pixar) with 92 percent of audiences also saying they would recommend it to friends. It’s hard to do much better than that, except by … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: ‘Ocean’s 8’ Slays, But ‘Hereditary’ Kills Despite D+ Cinemascore

Warner Bros No surprise, but Ocean’s 8 easily won the weekend box office, earning exactly as box-office tracking suggested it would: Between $40 and $45 million (the exact number was $41.5 million). Interestingly, the gender-flipped continuation of the Ocean’s series not only debuted with the highest opening weekend of the franchise (besting the $39 million earned by Ocean’s 12), but it earned similar numbers to the … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: ‘Solo’ Plunges, While Johnny Knoxville’s ‘Action Point’ Whiffs

Paramount Disney’s hopes that Solo: A Star Wars Story would pick up speed on positive word of mouth and rebound after its disappointing opening weekend were scuttled by a 66 percent tumble in its second weekend. It still held on to first place but took a nosedive, scoring only $29 million. It’s earned around $148 million after 10 days, which is less than Rogue One earned in its first three days of release. Is it Star Wars fatigue? Or … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: ‘Star Wars’ Fatigue Sets In As ‘Solo’ Disappoints

Lucasfilm Typically, one would not complain about an opening weekend north of $100 million, but the $101 million fetched by the latest installment in the Star Wars universe over the entire Memorial Day weekend is, indeed, hugely disappointing. The three-day weekend totals for Solo: A Star Wars Story ($83 million) are not only coming in more than $160 to $140 million less than the opening weekends of A Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: Deadpool Would Appreciate How Thoroughly ‘Deadpool 2’ Trounced ‘Logan’

Universal One of the best running gags in Deadpool 2 is Deadpool’s preoccupation with Logan and Wolverine — in fact, the film’s opening sequence both pays tribute to and tries to one-up Logan in a very tongue-in-cheek-manner. Critically speaking, the Ryan Reynolds’ movie falls short of Wolverine’s swan song (83 percent to 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), but Deadpool 2 gives Ryan Reynolds bragging rights over Hugh … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: ‘Infinity War’ Is The ‘Life of the Party’ While Melissa McCarthy Slumps

New Line Cinema Avengers: Infinity War easily held on to the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row. With another $65 million in the bank, Infinity War has now earned $551 million domestic. It’s keeping pace ahead of Black Panther but behind Star Wars: A Force Awakens as the second fastest movie to $500, although it falls behind A Force Awakens ($90 million), Avatar ($68 million) and Black Panther ($66 million) for the … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Continues To Shatter Records

Marvel In its second week of release, Avengers: Infinity War is showing little sign of slowing down at the box office, racking up another $112.5 million to bring its 10-day total to $450 million. After breaking the record for biggest opening weekend of all time, it has fallen behind Star Wars: A Force Awakens ($149 million) to come in second all-time for the biggest second weekend, ahead of Black Panther ($111 million). In 9 days, it also … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Breaks The All-Time Record For An Opening Weekend

Marvel We’ve grown accustomed to franchise fatigue over the last few years, where once sure bets like Transformers and Pirates of the Carribean have cratered at the domestic box office. Studios are having difficulties keeping viewers interested in even trilogies. Meanwhile, sequels are not typically expected to do as well as their predecessors, and yet, here we are 19 films into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Marvel has delivered with … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: ‘I Feel Pretty’ Falters, While It Is ‘Super Troopers 2’ That Is Laughing MEOW

STX Films The weekend before the arrival of Avengers: Infinity War was considered by some to be a dumping grounds, but there was plenty of action at the box office ahead of what may be the biggest movie of 2018. However, it is A Quiet Place, in its third weekend, which reclaimed the number one spot after losing it last weekend to Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage (which fell to number two this weekend). The John Krasinski horror film logged $21.7 … [Read more...]