Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse nabbed the biggest December opening for an animated film, netting $35 million. Mortal Engines, from Peter Jackson, only managed $7 million (on a $100 Million budget).
The 2017 version of the classic The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, was not popular enough to beat the much-lauded Wonder Woman this weekend at the box office. This may not bode well for Universal’s “Dark Universe” monster series that the studio wants to compete with other cinematic universes. Next week, they’ll have to contend with Cars 3 for box office dominance.
- Wonder Woman
- The Mummy (2017)
- Captain Underpants
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
- Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2
The final box office tallies are in for 2016, and Disney made six of the top ten grossing films of the year. Of course, it helps to have Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel in your inventory. Disney’s performance this past year is the first time a movie studio broke $1 billion in ticket sales.
- Finding Dory ($486 million)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($451 million)
- Captain America: Civil War ($408 million)
- The Secret Life of Pets ($368 million)
- The Jungle Book ($364 million)
- Deadpool ($363 million)
- Zootopia ($341 million)
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($330 million)
- Suicide Squad ($325 million)
- Doctor Strange ($230 million)
It looks like those negative pre-release comments about the film may have taken a toll. The all-female reboot took second place at the box office behind The Secret Life of Pets (which is in its second week).
Did anyone here see it this weekend? Any wild and unfounded theories you want to throw out? Are the Hollywood bean counters right and female-led movies just don’t gross as much money? Or were audiences just not willing to put any money down to see a reboot of a beloved classic? Or a little of both?
A rarity for a Summer flick, the fourth Jurassic Park movie has maintained the top slot in the box office for a third week, making $54 million and totaling $500 million since its debut. It has also taken the lead from Avengers: Age of Ultron as the highest grossing film for 2015. The second Avengers movie (which was #10 at the box office this week) has totalled $452 million since it’s debut in May.
Pixar’s Inside Out (reviewed last week), stayed in second for another week at $52 million. Seth McFarlane’s Ted 2 debuted in third with $33 million.
Sci-fi films took the top three spots in box office sales at that movies this weekend. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 in first, Big Hero 6 in second, and Interstellar in third.
Mockingjay, Part 1 also takes the title of best opening weekend for 2014. Transformers: Age of Extinction previously had that distinction.
So what do you think of the current box office king. Did the third Hunger Games improve upon the gains made by the second film?
The final installment of the Twilight series got the top slot for the (US) holiday weekend, beating out Skyfall.
Now that it’s over, what say you? Good stuff or finally glad it’s over (until the inevitable reboot)?
Two new genre films out this weekend and none of the “crew” had a chance to run out and see them.