Remember how I said that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is easily going to be one of the top 3 films of 2018? Yeah, I may have to up that to top 2. Avengers: Infinity War can probably rest easy, but in the space of less than a month, Universal’s reliable dino-frenzy has brought in $932m worldwide. Only 28% of that is from domestic grosses. That’s how much the rest of the world likes dinosaurs. Bow down to your new gods. That’s a mighty number considering that, in its second week of release in the USA, its gross fell by almost 60%, although that still gave it $60m nationwide, bringing it to $264m. Sorry Black Panther but I think you may have to sit comfortably at number 3 or 4 on the list by the time 2018 is over.
Meanwhile, Incredibles 2 looks like it could be joining the Raptors in the top ranks. With an extra $45.5m to its domestic total in week 3, Pixar’s latest has brought in $439m in its home country alone. The international numbers aren’t as forceful - $646m worldwide - but keep in mind this film hasn’t opened in a ton of the major markets yet. According to Box Office Mojo, it’s only opened in 51% of the international marketplace. Basically, most of the big places like the UK, South Korea and France have decided that the World Cup is too tough a competition for a film like this, so they’re waiting an extra couple of weeks. Germany won’t get it until late September. Insert joke here about them thinking they would last in the tournament longer than they did. Heh.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado did better for Sony than they expected, with $19m domestically from 3000 theatres. Audiences like it, especially white dudes, which isn’t surprising. Reviews have been more mixed and frankly, that synopsis makes my skin crawl.
Uncle Drew, a comedy from Lionsgate starring Nick Kroll and Tiffany Haddish, opened decently with $15.5m from 2742 locations. Given the competition, that’s nothing to write off, and audiences really seem to love it, with an A from CinemaScore.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? stays at number 10 with $2.29m, a 25% increase from last week thanks to an expansion into 300 extra theatres. Hey, it turns out that, in our current fascistic hellhole, people crave entertainment centred on decent people. Who knew?!
Hearts Beat Loud, an indie dramedy starring Toni Collette and Sasha Lane, has been slowly building up an audience since its release 4 weeks ago. It’s still got a while to go to break even but for a film with little promotion and a lot of competition, as well as a distributor I’d never heard of, it’s heartening to see it doing so well.
Documentaries have been doing really well at the box office lately, but the big ones have been centered on major cultural or historical figures. Three Identical Strangers follows a story that garnered a lot of headlines in its day, but it’s not the recognizable icon of something like RBG. But great reviews and an undeniable hook gave the film a $163k opening weekend from 5 theatres - that’s a $32.5k per screen average!
This coming week sees the release of the documentary Whitney, the Sundance hit Sorry to Bother You, Blumhouse’s latest addition to their popular The Purge franchise, and Marvel’s latest inevitable hit, Ant-Man and The Wasp.
You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.
What films did you watch this weekend? Let us know in the comments.