This is the holdover Friday box office news, while we wait for word on Ant-Man˜s first Friday.
Minions took a hit from Ant-Man this Friday, dropping a whopping 68% from last Friday. Yes, last Friday included the $6.2m worth of preview screenings, and it was the biggest opening Friday for an animated film in history. But sadly those yellow henchmen may not have the legs required to break $400 million domestic. Yes, I’m being a little facetious. There will be an absolute onslaught of family-friendly PG-13 blockbuster fare over the next six weeks, so it will be interesting to see how the Minions manage after this not unexpected second-weekend drop. The film earned $14.5m on its second Friday to bring its domestic cume to $181m. The film should end the weekend with$46m (-60%) for a new cume of around $213m.
Assuming the film doesn’t utterly collapse against the likes of Pixels in the coming weeks, we’re still looking at a movie that ends up at around $320m domestic and bazillions more worldwide. The picture made $55m just on Monday-through-Thursday which shows the strength of summer weekdays when it comes to kid-friendly films, but you already knew that. It is another smash hit for Universal which just crossed the $5 billion mark in worldwide box office in record time. They’ve of course got Trainwreck this weekend and next up is Straight Outta Compton, which smells like one of those No one could have seen this coming! smash that we all should have seen coming.
After that comes what is my most anticipated movie of 2015, M. Night Shyamalan’s would-be comeback movie The Visit. If Universal and friends are reading this, please sneak me into that one as early as possible, as I have jury duty the week it opens and I don’t want to have to race from the court to a press screening if it can be helped.
Speaking of Universal, Jurassic World earned another $3.1 million (-42%) to set the stage for a $10.5m weekend. Oh, and it crossed $600m domestic yesterday, so it’s got that going for it. It’s the fourth film in history to notch said marker. And it’ll presumably to $1.5b worldwide (possibly passing Furious 7 and/or The Avengers) in the bargain by tomorrow, so there’s that too.
Speaking of milestones, Walt Disney’s Inside Out will also earn over/under $10.5m for the weekend while crossing the $300m domestic mark today in the bargain. It has a shot of catching the original $339m total of Finding Nemo and will all-but-surely cross the $321m cume of Shrek the Third. It will be interesting to see if Minions can top Inside Out since the loser studio, of course, has to give up one of their live action franchises. So coming soon, Walt Disney’s Faster And Furiouser or Universal’s Star Wars Anthology: Jar Jar’s Beginning.
Faring less well is Terminator Genisys, which dropped another 56% this Friday for an estimated $1.73 million gross. That sets it up for a $5m weekend (-60%) and an $80m domestic total. Overseas may salvage this one, but it won’t top $95m domestic, and I have a tough time seeing a sequel for Paramount/Viacom Inc. in these circumstances. If Schwarzenegger wants to do something for the fans, I suggest a halfway decent True Lies blu-ray, or maybe (crosses fingers) a feature-packed release for my favorite Arnold adventure, Kindergarten Cop.
Anyway, Magic Mike XXL earned $1.65 million on Friday (-54%) for a likely $4.8m third weekend (-49%). That tumble us partially because of Trainwreck and partially because of losing 799 screens. Anyway, the $14m Channing Tatum sequel will have a new cume of $58m tomorrow, which means we may yet get Magic Mike: The Way of All Flesh in a couple years. The Gallows took the usual horror movie tumble, earning $1.325m (-71%) for a new $15m cume. Expect a $3.8m weekend (-61%) and an over/under $18m cume. Of course this one cost pennies, so Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc. will be okay.
Ted 2 is continuing to make me look bad for arguing that it wasn’t quite a flop yet after its $33 million debut weekend, as it earned just $759k yesterday (-59%) for a likely $2.34m (-59%) weekend and $77m domestic cume. It looks like an $85m total in the end with hopefully around $200m worldwide. Come what may, I’d rather be wrong in defense of a film than in attacking it. Speaking of misses, Ryan Reynolds’s Self/Less earned around $659k (-66%) on its second Friday for a likely $2.1m second weekend (-58%) and new $10m domestic total. But remember, Ryan Reynolds is a movie star!
Meanwhile, Max should earn around $1.8 million for the weekend for a just-under $38m cume while Spy should end the weekend with $1.5m weekend and a $107m domestic cume. Amy expanded to 690 theaters. The documentary should earn around $1m (-44%) for the weekend and end with a new $4m domestic cume. Finally, Baahubali dropped a harsh 71% on its second Friday, grossing $337k and setting the stage for a $1m weekend (-66%, but a still decent $6,480 p.s.a.) and solid $6.1m domestic cume.
And that’s a wrap for today. Join me tomorrow for weekend estimates and the like.
By Scott Mendelson