Several new films made their debut over the weekend including a long-awaited animated sequel, a Blaxploitation remake, a real-life gangster story and a unique comedy. But, the big stories are that one of these films shattered records and provided fans with long awaited fun while further securing the domination of its parent studio while another lived up to expectations as one of the biggest critical failures of the year. Let’s take a look at all that and more. This is a recap of the past weekend’s box office results.
Scoring the top spot over the weekend with record numbers was “Incredibles 2”, the long awaited sequel to Disney and Pixar’s superhero family film from 2004. The film received great reviews, as Pixar movies tend to do, and certainly had a crowd as it earned the biggest opening weekend gross of all time for an animated film. “Incredibles 2” topped previous Pixar sequel “Finding Dory” in that category with a $180 million debut weekend compared to “Dory’s” $135 million in 2016. “Incredibles 2” also topped another 2016 Disney project “Captain America: Civil War”, which was produced through Marvel Studios, to become the eighth largest opening of all time for any film genre. Box office trends show the animated sequel reaching heights of $500 million by the time its theatrical run is complete. As of this writing the movie already bypassed it’s reported $200 million production cost in worldwide gross. You can read my review of “Incredibles 2” here.
The success of the sequel makes Disney the holder of nine of the top ten opening weekends of all time. Ironically enough though the only non-Disney movie in that list is “Jurassic World” which shattered records and became the biggest June opening ever in 2015, a record it still holds over “Incredibles 2”. This is an interesting note because “Jurassic World” gets its own sequel, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”, this weekend which is already cashing in oversees and has the potential to dethrone “The Incredibles 2” in a big way with massive numbers of its own.
Four other new films entered the top 15 over the weekend with varying results. “Race 3”, an Indian action film, opened in 315 theaters to a respectable $1.6 million. The bigget story however is the film that opened just ahead of thhat sequel in twelfth. That movie was “Gotti”, a long discussed passion project for star John Travolta which has been skewered by critics since its release. Some have called it one of the most bland and unwatchable movies of 2018 so far earning it the rare 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. Still the film seems to have performed as well as expected in its limited release earning $1.7 million on a $10 million budget.
In terms of mainstream releases the Blaxploitation remake “Superfly”, which I did not review, disappointing with a $6.3 million, on the lower end of expectations, despite an early release on Wednesday to try and avoid competition with other wide releases. The final new release of note was “Tag”, a based on real life action comedy about a group of friends who take the month of May to engage in an adult friendly version of the titular kids game. The comedy brought in $14.6 million to land in third for the weekend. Rounding out the remainder of the top five in addition to “Incredibles 2” and “Tag” were last week’s number one “Ocean’s 8” in second, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” continuing to limp home in fourth, and “Deadpool 2” in fifth. “Hereditary” finished in sixth after a strong debut last week while “Avengers: Infinity War” passed $664 million domestically superseding “Titanic” on the all-time domestic box office record list. “Adrift”, and “Book Club” closed out the top ten.
Going into the weekend look for one name and one name only: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”. The highly anticipated sequel has already passed the $400 million mark worldwide and early reviews have it in the 60s on Rotten Tomatoes. The sequel will release in 4,400 theaters domestically, comparable to “Ocean’s 8” and “Incredibles 2”, and has a low end projection of $130 million domestically for its debut. It’s also the only new mass released film on the schedule for this weekend but will have to compete with the holdover success of “Incredibles 2” which also looks promising.