Going into the weekend, the new SPIDER-MAN movie was still something of a question mark. It represents the third time this series has been rebooted in only 15 years; would audiences respond favorably? Sony is now working directly with Marvel and that allowed this SPIDER-MAN to be connected into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, meaning appearances by franchise heavyweight Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man and another Avenger whose role is a surprise. The decision to go in this new direction paid off handsomely as the film opened to an excellent $117 million domestic and over $250 million worldwide.
DESPICABLE ME 3 came in second, but dropped 53%, a hefty decline for a big animated movie only in its second weekend. BABY DRIVER had a better hold, going down only 38% for $12.8 million. WONDER WOMAN also continued to hang on in week six with $10.1 million and a domestic cume of $369 million.
TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT had another major decline, 62% this time, and CARS 3 continued to slide off the track with another 42% loss. THE HOUSE continues to be a complete non-starter for Warner Brothers, with only $18.6 million after ten days.
On the specialty side, THE BIG SICK is performing well for Lionsgate, with almost $7 million after three weeks and Sofia Coppola’s remake of THE BEGUILED has $7.4 million after an equal number of days in theatres.
All eyes this week are on Fox’s WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES. The studio is bullish on the film’s prospects and screened it for critics weeks in advance. Even with SPIDER-MAN’s strong performance this frame, the total is still down a bit from last year at this time, so the industry has high hopes for APES. Christopher Nolan’s DUNKIRK and the Charlize Theron actioner ATOMIC BLONDE are the remaining big titles for the month, though Luc Besson’s sci-fi epic VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS could also surprise.
Data courtesy of Box Office Mojo.