Spy Sneaks in to Top the Box Office with $30 Million

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The first weekend of the month of June was supposed to be stronger, but instead, it was the first weekend since April where only one movie grossed $30 million and that was Paul Feig’s action-comedy Spy (20th Century Fox), starring Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law and Jason Statham.

Opening in 3,711 theaters, it earned $10.3 million on Friday (with $1.5 million from Thursday previews), which was actually second place to the other new opener Insidious: Chapter 3 (Gramercy/Focus). But Spy picked up business on Saturday to end up with an estimated $30 million for the weekend. That’s not quite the $39 million grossed by McCarthy’s teaming with Sandra Bullock in 2013’s The Heat (also directed by Feig), but it was a better showing than McCarthy’s 2014 release Tammy

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s disaster flick San Andreas (New Line/WB), co-starring Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti and Archie Punjabi, dropped to second place with $26.4 million, down 52% from opening weekend, as it creeps closer to $100 million with $99.1 million total in North America.

Insidious: Chapter 3 (Gramercy/Focus), the third installment in the horror franchise co-created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell, the latter making his directorial debut with the third film, opened in first place on Friday with $10.4 million with $1.6 million of that from Thursday previews. Co-starring Lin Shaye, Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott and Angus Sampson, the horror prequel had the usual drop we can expect from a horror release to end up with an estimated $23 million for the weekend, settling for third place. Still, the fact it cost $10 million means that it’s not going to take much to get profitable. Exit polls show that 69% of the audience was under 25 with 54% female and it received a CinemaScore rating of “B+,” the same as Spy.

Opening early on Wednesday, Warner Bros. and New Line’s revival of the HBO show Entourage, starring Jeremy Piven, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Haley Joel Osment and Billy Bob Thornton, grossed $5.4 million its opening day (including Tuesday previews). It then dropped dramatically on Thursday, going into the weekend with $7.4 million. With another $10.4 million over the three-day weekend, averaging just $3,353 in 3,108 theaters, its $17.8 million five-day opening is nothing to write home about.

George Miller’s apocalyptic action flick Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, crossed the $300 million mark worldwide yesterday with another $8 million added domestically to take fifth place with $130.8 million grossed in North America so far. 

It just narrowly edged out its competition over the past few weeks as Universal Pictures’ musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2 dropped from 2nd to 6th place with $7.7 million and a $161 million domestic gross. Internationally, it’s grossed $89 million to bring its global total to $250 million.

Brad Bird’s sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland (Disney), starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie and Raffey Cassidy, was down 51% in its third weekend as it took in $7 million to bring its domestic total to $76.2 million. Unlike other summer blockbusters, it’s not doing that great internationally, adding another $13.8 million to bring its global total to $169.7 million. On the other hand, it did open in first place in Japan this weekend with $2.1 million, finally dethroning Cinderella

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron (Disney) continues its run in the Top 10 with a seventh place showing, adding $6.2 million to its domestic total of $438 million. Overseas, it took in about the same amount to bring its international total to $910 million and its worldwide total to $1.348 billion. 

Cameron Crowe’s Aloha, starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray, took a major drop in its second weekend, down 66% to ninth place with $3.3 million and a total of $16.3. It’s not the first bomb of the summer, but it’s likely to be one of the biggest.

The horror remake Poltergeist (MGM/Fox) rounded out the Top 10 with $2.8 million, taking another massive tumble, down 65% with the direct competition from Insidious: Chapter 3. It has grossed $44.4 million domestically.

The Top 10 grossed an estimated $125 million, down significantly from last year’s June kick-off weekend when The Fault in Our Stars won the weekend with $48 million and Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow opened in third place with $29 million. This is the third week in a row where the box office is down from the same weekend last year and even Jurassic World seems unlikely to change that.

The Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy (Roadside Attractions), starring Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti, opened moderately wide in 483 theaters in which it grossed an estimated $2.2 million, or $4,555 average per location. It’s a good start that Roadside could take advantage of by expanding next weekend and getting it into the Top 10.

The WWI drama Testament of Youth (Sony Pictures Classics), starring Alicia Vikander, Kit Harrington, Taron Egerton, Emily Watson and Dominic West, also opened in four theaters in New York and L.A., where it grossed $53,000 or $13,250 per theater.

 

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Weekend: Aug. 22, 2019, Aug. 25, 2019

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