YOUR BOX OFFICE NUMBERS (From Box Office Mojo):
- Incredibles 2
- Ocean’s 8
- Solo: A Star Wars Story
- Deadpool 2
With $182.6M, Incredibles 2 exceeded all expectations, opening not like a long-awaited animated sequel (cf. previous animated opening weekend champ Finding Dory at $135M) but like a bona-fide Superhero Event, outgrossing such heavy-hitting crossovers as Batman V. Superman and Captain America: Civil War. It bumped Iron Man 3 out of the top openings of all time! Which means Disney still owns nine out of ten slots on that list. Considering the hold animated movies tend to have in the summer, when kids are out of school and parents just want to get out of the house, a final domestic total of $500M seems all but assured.
In second place, Ocean’s 8 eased to $19.8M and is still on track for the century mark and a tidy profit. Tag opened third at a hair shy of $15M, which is fine for a cheap ($28M budget) R-rated comedy, but nothing spectacular. Maybe they should have talked up Jeremy Renner’s CGI arms more, that sort of thing seemed to drive a lot of Justice League discussion. In fourth and fifth, Solo and Deadpool 2 kept trucking towards $200M and $300M, respectively.
Elsewhere on the charts, Superfly (#6, $6.9M) and Gotti (#11, $1.7M) opened relatively unheralded, and A Wrinkle In Time added 88 theaters in its 15th weekend as Disney tries to force it over $100M. They still ended up about $100k short in the finals but presumably the difference will be made up during the week. Look for a similar last-minute push should Black Panther keep struggling to hit $700M in its last few second-run theaters.
Next week, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom looks to open to a little more than half what its predecessor inexplicably did. Even so, much like a rampaging Indominus Rex it’s managed to scare off any competition.