Weekend Box Office (June 21 - 23, 2019)
THIS WEEKEND Pixar scored another number one debut, this time with the latest sequel to its first ever movie, Toy Story 4. The G-rated film collected an estimated $118M from 4,575 locations for a solid $25,792 average.
Many in the industry expected more this weekend from the toon sequel juggernaut. The gross was 7% bigger than the $110.3M bow of Toy Story 3 from June 2010. However, with ticket prices going up, the actual attendance was lower for part 4. Still, it was the fourth largest opening weekend of all-time for any animated film behind fellow Pixar sequels Incredibles 2 ($182.7M) and Finding Dory ($135.1M) plus Shrek the Third ($122.5M).
The weekend kicked off with $47.4M on opening day Friday (including $12M from Thursday pre-shows). Saturday slipped 16% to $39.6M while Sunday is estimated to fall 22% to $31M. Final numbers on Monday could show a slight increase in the opening weekend gross. Word of mouth is terrific and competition for kids, especially younger children, is weak over the next couple of weeks so a good run ahead looks likely. Rival studios have kept the window between the Disney tentpoles Toy Story 4 and The Lion King (opening July 18) clear so as not to get crushed. A final domestic figure of $400M is still possible.
Overseas markets grossed an estimated $120M this weekend for TS4 led by Mexico's $23.4M bringing the global debut to $238M. Plus there are still major markets that have not opened yet including France, Italy, Japan, and Germany so a long summer run awaits.
Chucky was back as the horror reboot Child's Play opened in second place with an estimated $14.1M from 3,007 theaters for a respectable $4,674 average. Released by United Artists, the R-rated terror tale was the latest summer entry to tap into nostalgia and fright fans showed up in decent, though not terrific numbers. The franchise first hit theaters in November 1988 and was followed by sequels and spinoffs
Still drawing big crowds in its fifth weekend was Disney's Aladdin with an estimated $12.2M slipping only 30%. The domestic cume has jumped to a stellar $287.5M on its way to the $320M neighborhood. The global gross shattered the $800M mark this weekend and is sure to crash through $900M as well. International markets kicked in $32.9M this weekend raising the overseas cume to $522.6M and the worldwide haul to an impressive $810.1M. A final close to the $967M of the studio's The Jungle Book should result.
After a sluggish debut, Men in Black: International took a nosedive on its second weekend despite no major new sci-fi or action hits opening up. The Sony title fell a sharp 64% to an estimated $10.8M putting the ten-day total at $52M. The MIB reboot has fared much better overseas where most of its revenue was always expected from. A $30.2M weekend (down 59%) boosted the offshore tally to $129.4M putting worldwide at $182.1M with 71% from international. Passing $250M in the end is likely, though hitting $300M could prove too hard to achieve.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 took a hit from the rival toon sequel and fell 58% to an estimated $10.3M pushing the domestic total for Universal to $117.6M with worldwide now at $194.7M. Rocketman continued to show good legs dropping only 40% in its fourth weekend to an estimated $5.7M giving Paramount a solid $77.3M. It's the studio's top-grossing film of the year.
Showing some of the best legs of the summer was John Wick: Chapter 3 which saw a 36% slide to an estimated $4.1M for $156.1M to date for Lionsgate. Action sequels in particular tend to fade fast so this crowd-pleaser has really been exciting moviegoers around the world. Global is now $289.2M and set to break $300M soon.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters followed with an estimated $3.7M, down 58%, and $102.3M overall for Warners. Tumbling 62% was Fox's Dark Phoenix with an estimated $3.6M leaving the final X-Men film with $60.2M.
Another older brand falling hard was Shaft with an estimated $3.6M, off 60%, for just a $16M cume for Warner Bros. Opening poorly just outside the top ten was the actioner Anna which generated little interest debuting to an estimated $3.5M from 2,114 locations for a weak $1,672 average for Lionsgate. Reviews were bad, but those who did see it generally liked the R-rated film.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $185.9M which was down 31% from last year when Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opened at number one with $148M; but up 43% from 2017 when Transformers: The Last Knight debuted on top with $44.7M.
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Last Updated: June 23, 2019 at 12:50PM ET
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