As expected, Cars 3 won the weekend box office earning an estimated $53.5 million in its first weekend at the domestic box office. It also earned $21.3 million form a handful of foreign markets. That opening is one of the lowest for a Pixar film, just a handful of films have done worse and the lowest opening for a Cars film by about $6.5 million. The series is made for licensing though and altogether the series has earned over $10 billion in merchandising, and that number was from six years ago! So, the box office isn’t all there’s at with this film. Audiences liked what they saw with the film earning an “A” CinemaScore and the that audience was pretty split with 51% being male, 75% families, and 35% under the age of 13.
In second place was Wonder Woman which added $40.8 million to its domestic total to bring that to $274.6 million and $39.5 million from 62 markets at the foreign box office to bring that to $297.2 million. This is the second highest third weekend ever for Warner Bros., the first being The Dark Knight which earned $42.6 million and the third being The Dark Knight Rises with $35.7 million. The film has also now earned more than Suicide Squad did at this point though that film debuted with $62.7 million more. The movie is also outpacing Man of Steel. With $571.8 million so far, the film should be making Warner Bros. and DC quite happy.
In third place was the Tupac Shakur film All Eyez on Me which opened with $27.1 million despite negative critical reviews. The audience liked it giving it an “A-” CinemaScore. We predicted the film would beat expectations and it did so.
The Mummy dropped to fourth place with $13.9 million. The film has earned just $56.5 million domestically but has earned $239.1 million at the foreign box office. Not great for a $125 million film, but not a disaster film.
Wrapping up the top five was 47 Meters Down with $11.5 million which beat the $10 million studio estimate.
Out of the top five, it was a rough night for Rough Night which earned just $8 million. The film was estimated to earn somewhere in the low teens to 20s, so expect this film to quickly go away, especially with a “C+” CinemaScore.
In other comic movie news….
Smurfs: The Lost Village added about $1.6 million to its total over the week.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 added about $16.2 million to its worldwide total over the week.
Logan also continued to bring in the dollars with about $40,000 domestically and $6 million worldwide.
This coming week sees the opening of Transformers: The Last Knight which will most likely come in first place (and go on to earn 3/4 of a million by the time it’s done).
We’ll be back in an hour for further analysis of this year’s comic adaptations.