The Secret Life of Pets 2 and Dark Phoenix Top the Weekend Box Office but Both Fall Short

The Secret Life of Pets 2

While the weekend box office did better than the previous year by more than 43%, the top two films both fell short.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 topped the weekend earning an estimated $47.1 million. It opened with the second widest opening ever with 4,561 locations. The widest ever is Avengers: Endgame. That $47.1 million is half of the earnings of the original film’s $104.3 million in 2016. The studio had hoped for a $50 million opening.

The film did receive an “A-” CinemaScore from an opening crowd that was 57% female and 62% being family moviegoers.

Internationally, the film has been playing for two weeks and added 21 markets. From its 30 markets, the film earned $16 million It has numerous countries to still open through AUgust including Australia, Germany, Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, France, Spain, and Mexico.

In second place was Dark Phoenix which sowed death and destruction in its $33 million opening. It’s the first X-film to not even open with $50 million. The studio had a projection of $40-$50 million and the film couldn’t even do that. X-Men: Apocalypse opened three years ago to $65.7 million.

The film received a “B-” CinemaScore. Apocalypse received an “A-” score and that went on to earn $155.4 million domestically and $543.9 million worldwide. Dark Phoenix may struggle to reach $100 million domestically.

Things were a bit better internationally. The film opened in all markets except Japan and earned an estimated $107 million. It opens in Japan on June 21.

The film reportedly cost $200 million to make and has very mixed reviews with a 23% from citics and 64% from the audience on RottenTomatoes, 6/10 on IMDB, 43% on Metacritic, and 74% of Google users liking it.

There is a chance that audiences are ignoring the film partially due to the mixed reviews but also with the impending reboot now that Disney has bought Fox and absorbed the X-Men franchise.

Aladdin took third place with an estimated $34.5 million. Domestically it has earned $232.4 million and internationally the film is up to $604.9 million worldwide. The live action remake beats the original animated film in every way, which earned $217.4 million domestically, $286.7 million internationally, and $504.1 million worldwide.

In fourth place was Godzilla: King of the Monsters which saw a monstrous drop of 67.5% from the previous weekend. It earned an estimated $15.5 million in its second week. The original film in 2014 dropped 67% so this is seeing a similar play out. If that’s holds, King of the Monsters should earn about $100 million domestically. It opened around half of the original and the original earned about $200 million. Internationally, the film brought in $47.1 million to bring that total to $213.7 million and $292.3 million worldwide.

Rounding out the top five was Rocketman which earned an estimated $14 million domestically and $13 million internationally. It now has crossed the $100 million mark after ten days with $101.8 million worldwide.

In other comic releases…

Avengers: Endgame dropped two spots to #8 earning an estimated $4.8 million. Domestically, the film stands at $824.4 million.

Captain Marvel dropped one spot from the precious week coming in at #21. The film added $156,000 to its domestic total to bring that to $426.4 million after 14 weeks.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year and last year’s comic films.