Pixar’s latest, CARS 3, topped the weekend, though its $53.5 million gross is on the low side for this studio. However, the CARS franchise has been a major cash cow when it comes to merchandise, so it’s doubtful that anyone at Pixar or Disney are wringing their hands over this result.
The big news of the weekend was the continued success of WONDER WOMAN, which dropped a mere 30% in its third weekend for $40.7 million. That’s an unusually strong hold for a big-budget comic book movie as these typically open large and drop off quickly. The picture’s impressive showing will hopefully spur more studios into making genre pictures with strong female leads.
Third place when to Lionsgate’s Tupac Shakur biopic ALL EYEZ ON ME, which faired much better with audiences than critics, bringing in $27 million. THE MUMMY slid 56% for $13.9 million and while it is grossing well internationally, the low domestic total is still an inauspicious start for Universal’s Dark Universe series.
The fifth spot turned out to be a real surprise. 47 METERS DOWN was originally going to be released direct-to-video last August by the Weinstein Company under the title IN THE DEEP. One week before the discs were scheduled to street, Entertainment Studios bought the movie and opened it wide in theatres this weekend instead. The $11.5 showing is a good start for the company, which has previously only been involved in television. That said, mixed reviews and a “C” Cinemascore indicate that 47 will likely be gone from most theatres by the 4th of July weekend.
The frame’s big disappointment is ROUGH NIGHT, the female-centered remake of the ’90s black comedy VERY BAD THINGS, which came 7th. While Sony brought the movie in for a very economical $20 million thanks to deferred salaries, the $8 million dollar opening frame is quite discouraging, particularly in the wake of similar R-rated fare like BRIDESMAIDS. ROUGH NIGHT will almost certainly recoup once international and ancillary markets are factored in, however.
Data courtesy of Box Office Mojo.