Father’s Day Weekend is here and this weekend’s box-office was packed with new movies, making it a very competitive holiday. In fact, five new releases debuted this week.
#1: Cars 3
Cars 3 took the lead with $53.3 million, which is down from the $66 million opening of Cars 2 and the $60 million opening for Cars. It is also the fourth worst opening weekend ever for a Pixar movie, placing slightly above Ratatouille, The Good Dinosaur and the very first Pixar film, Toy Story.
The domestic box-office is not a bi deal with the Cars franchise, because not only does the Cars franchise do better internationally, but it makes most of its money in merchandising, have produced $10 billion in movie-related products.
#2: Wonder Woman
Meanwhile, Wonder Woman dropped only 32% in its third weekend, adding another $40 million to gross a total of $274 million, so far. As a result, the Wonder Woman movie is on track to surpass Man of Steel next weekend and beat out Will Smith’s Suicide Squad and Ben Affleck’s Batman v. Superman to become the biggest movie in DC’s extended universe. Moreover, the movie is doing extremely well overseas, where it is expected make over $300 million by the end of the weekend.
#3: All Eyez on Me
The Tupac biopic All Eyes on Me beat out Scarlett Johansson’s Rough Night with $27 million, which is higher than what many analysts expected the biopic to hit. No one expected the movie to do as well as it did, especially given the poor reviews and backlash by Jada Pinkett Smith and 50 Cent. In fact, many people thought the movie would flop at the box office. However, the movie exceeded expectations, which probably had a lot to do with Tupac’s history in hip-hop and large fan base. Moviegoers were interested in seeing the dramatic life and portrayal of Tupac Shakur. Besides, moviegoers ended up liking the movie as the biopic earned an A- CinemaScore.
Tom Cruise’s The Mummy took a hit, generating only $13.7 million in its second weekend. While it is performing very well internationally, it’s probably not enough for Universal to develop a franchise.
The Mandy Moore shark film, 47 Meters Down, took fifth place. Originally scheduled for a video-on-demand release last August, Entertainment Studios purchased the movie from Dimension Films and decided to release it theatrically. The ends justified the means with this gamble as the film made $11 million this weekend on a $5 million budget.
Box office flops
The weekend’s biggest disappointment goes to Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon’s Rough Night, which many predicted would at least come in second place at the box office. The movie only made $8 million. Reviews were mixed but, fans ended up not liking the movie as the film received a C Cinemascore.
There was another major disappointment this weekend. Book of Henry was trashed by critics, which is concerning since the movie’s director, Colin Trevorrow, has been hired to direct Star Wars IX.
Next weekend will be interesting as there is only one major new release, Transformers: The Last Knight and it will be interesting if Michael Bay can continue to generate huge box office numbers or if moviegoers are sick of the franchise.