June is here so we’re officially in the Summer season. Yeah, I know that technically all that crap now kicks off in like mid-April because of Marvel but for the sake of neatness and my refusal to change, let’s agree that it’s now Summer. That means lots of big movies, most of which will probably be Disney. This week is different, however, in that all the new major releases are non-Disney titles. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Topping the box office this week is Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which made just over $49m from 4108 theatres. That’s solid but it’s a little bit below the expectations of Warner Bros., who were hoping for a nice neat $50m minimum. With a rumoured $170m budget, it’s safe to say that international grosses play a big part in keeping this monster on top, especially since it’s part of a Monsters franchise. Indeed, it’s already made back its budget thanks to major openings in China. So Kong better keep up.
Sitting at number two is Aladdin, which has officially made back its budget entirely through its domestic gross in just under two weeks. With a $445m worldwide gross, this one seems like it’ll be a safe profit for Disney if it keeps this up. But don’t worry, The Lion King is going to totally destroy it once it opens.
Opening at number three is Rocketman with $25m from 3610 theatres, which is ahead of Paramount’s expectations. Critics liked this one as much as audiences. Suck it, Bohemian Rhapsody. Right behind it at number four is Ma with Octavia Spencer, which took in $18.2m from a $5m budget. For all the hot takes and heated Film Twitter talk over the box office performance of Booksmart, it’s worth noting that it’s made $14.3m domestically in a fortnight against seriously tough competition and that’s no mean feat given how much small to mid-budget R-rated titles that aren’t horror films often struggle to stay afloat in a blockbuster age. It saw a 52% change from last week, which is pretty strong, especially when compared to Brightburn, another new release from last week, whose gross dropped a sharp 70.5% from the previous weekend.
You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.
This week sees the release of Mindy Kaling’s Late Night, Sundance hit The Last Black Man in San Francisco, The Secret Life of Pets 2, and the latest X-Men film Dark Phoenix.
What films did you watch this weekend? Let us know in the comments.
Header Image Source: Warner Bros.