Marvel/Disney’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2 was the runaway winner in this week’s box office standings, bringing in $145 million domestic and a cumulative total of $425 million worldwide. There was one sour note: 150 drive-ins in the United States refused to book the movie in protest over Disney’s demands for a higher ticket percentage (reportedly about 15% more than usual), extended runs, and exclusive right to choose the co-feature. Disney has been criticized in the past for this sort of bullying practice, but this is the first time that a significant number of theatres have passed on booking one of their major movies as a result.
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS managed a second place finish, but is on its way to the scrap heap with only $8.5 million in week four. THE BOSS BABY landed third with $6.2 million and a domestic cume of $156 million.
Last weekend’s surprise performers HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER and BAAHUBALI 2: THE CONCLUSION had significant drops, but still performed well. The former finished 4th, with $5.3 million, while the latter dropped 69%, but managed $3.2 million for 7th place.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST brought in another $4.9 million for $478 million domestically to this point. Fox Searchlight’s GIFTED has been building effectively, closing in on $20 million, while GOING IN STYLE and SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE are close to concluding lackluster runs. Unable to overcome weak reviews and low box office in its first frame, THE CIRCLE dropped 56% and will require VOD and disc revenue to get out of the red.
The summer release schedule continues to ramp up next weekend with wide openings for Warner Brothers’ KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD and 20th Century Fox’s SNATCHED. Only a week later, Fox debuts two other titles, ALIEN: COVENANT and DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, while Warner counters with EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING.
Data courtesy of Box Office Mojo.