Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday's Headlines - Weekend Box Office

Adam Sandler's animated monster crew returned this weekend and took the top spot at the box office as HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION opened with an estimated $44.1 million!

The latest chapter of the comedic creatures started out between the $42.5 million opening of the first HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA in 2012 and the $48.4 million debut of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 in 2015 (both of those movies hit screens at the end of September).

Director Genndy Tartakovsky's Bermuda Triangle cruise collected $1.2 million from a preview showing a couple of weeks back, giving it a domestic total of $45.3 million. It has also grabbed $54.8 million from international audiences for a $100.1 million worldwide total.

The PG-rated CG feature, which also includes the voices of Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi and Keegan-Michael Key, cost a reported $80 million (approximately the same amount spent on each of the previous two entries in the series).

Marvel's ANT-MAN AND THE WASP was reduced to second place with $28.8 million, shrinking by 62% from its opening on top of the chart last weekend. That second-weekend drop is larger than Marvel's last few movies (AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR - 55%; BLACK PANTHER - 44%; THOR: RAGNAROK - 53%) but the same amount as last summer's SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, which eventually stuck around for a $334 million domestic total.

Opening in third place was Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's new action movie SKYSCRAPER with $25.4 million.

Johnson's PG-13 riff on DIE HARD/THE TOWERING INFERNO came out lower than his previous summer disaster spectacle SAN ANDREAS, which started with $54.5 million before reaching $155 million domestic and $473 million worldwide. Aside from the $18.5 million opening of last year's R-rated BAYWATCH remake, SKYSCRAPER actually marks the actor's lowest domestic opening since PAIN AND GAIN ($20.2 million) in 2013.

Johnson's $125 million reunion with his CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE director Rawson Marshall Thurber made an additional $40.4 million internationally, climbing to a worldwide opening of $65.8 million.

Pixar's INCREDIBLES 2 was in fourth place with $16.2 million on its fifth weekend in theaters. With a domestic total of $535.8 million, Brad Bird's sequel has passed fellow superhero movie THE DARK KNIGHT to become the ninth highest-grossing release in domestic history. The return of the Parr family has also accumulated $856.9 million worldwide so far.

In fifth was dinosaur sequel JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM with $15.5 million, stomping its way to a domestic total of $363.2 million and $1.13 billion worldwide.

R-rated prequel THE FIRST PURGE was in sixth place with $9.1 million, down by 47% from its first weekend. The $13 million Blumhouse production has a domestic total of $49.5 million and a worldwide total of $72.6 million.