With four wide releases this weekend, including Pixar’s Cars 3, would holdovers like The Mummy and Wonder Woman be able to remain in the top 5? Would Wonder Woman continue her dominance and take a third straight weekend at #1? The answer is yes and no…
The new slate this weekend covered 4 genres of films with Rough Night (Comedy), 47 Meters Down (horror), Cars 3 (Animated/kids) and All Eyez on Me (drama) but it was Cars 3 unsurprisingly, that would dominate the weekend bringing in $53 million for the three days. It is the lowest opening in the series and it has seen diminishing returns, that coupled with the release of Transformers: The Last Knight next week doesn’t give this entry much hope to right that downward trajectory but a nice opening nonetheless.
Returning champ Wonder Woman finally gave up the top spot but not without a fight as it brought in an amazing $41million (30% drop) in it’s third week of release. That brings the domestic total to $275 million and over $570 million worldwide, an amazing third week for the DC heroine. The success of Wonder Woman is truly remarkable as it’s considered an event, to the point where its success is actively hurting other films in the marketplace. On the other hand, The Mummy continued to perform poorly in North America with only $14 million to a $56 million domestic total. It does continue to perform well over seas however (nearing $300 million total) and that will give Universal some relief.
It was good news/bad news for the other three newbies as the Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez on Me performed above expectations and brought in $27 million over the three days, amongst some controversy. Indie film, 47 Meters Down starring Mandie Moore, brought in $11 million which is a good take for the low budget shark thriller. With only so much money to go around, it was Rough Night that had an even rougher weekend, bringing in only $8 million for the Scarlett Johansson led all girls R-rated comedy.
For Cars 3, the reign will only last a few days however as Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight hits theatres early on Wednesday June 21 and will almost certainly bring in a massive haul locally and abroad. The summer blockbuster action series has a $97 million opening 3-day average in North America and this one is a sure thing to open north of that. With nothing else even in wide release it will have almost no competition for the top spot so it’ll be a battle for second place between Cars 3 and Wonder Woman which continues to score very high with audiences and benefit from repeated viewings.