Not a lot of drama at the top of the box office for the first of a pair of 4th of July weekends. Familiar current hits remained in the driver’s seat while an action sequel and a film based on a Pepsi commercial managed to drum up interesting numbers as alternate viewing options. We also got a surprise entry into the top-10 from Fox that shows appreciation for limited release viewings is still as high as ever. This is Box Office Round-Up from June 29-July 1 2018.
At the top of the pack for a second week in a row was Universals’ sequel hit “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”. The film brought in another $60 million domestically bringing it to $265 million on the homeland and nearly a billion dollars worldwide to date. In only its second weekend in the United States, “Fallen Kingdom” benefited from soft competition with only two smaller releases giving it a run for its money as vacationing families turned out to enjoy the film on the first weekend of the 4th of July celebration. Right behind “Fallen Kingdom” was “Incredibles 2” as expected with another $45.5 million domestically. The animated Pixar sequel has now made nearly $440 million domestically making it Pixar’s second most successful film on the homeland and third highest grossing animated film ever in the United States behind only “Finding Dory” and “Shrek 2”, funny enough both also second entries in their franchises. “Incredibles 2” has reached $646 million internationally and has yet to open in several markets to add to that total.
Two movies debuted over the weekend to add some spice to the 4th of July viewing options. “Sicario: Day of the Soldado”, a sequel to the 2015 hit “Sicario”, earned $19 million domestically to finish third, a solid start for the film which sports a $35 million budget. This is several million dollars more than the first film made and projections have “Day of the Soldado” headed toward the $50 million territory when all is said and done, which would be a little more than the original film managed to bring in during its run. Behind “Day of the Saldado” was “Uncle Drew”, a basketball themed comedy featuring numerous NBA legends in old man makeup and starring Kyrie Irving as his titular character from Pepsi Max commercials. Despite lower expectations the film drew in $15.5 million, a respectable number for the comedy which received mixed reviews from critics but benefitted greatly from the fan base of the sport it was based on. If you’re like to read my reviews for both of these films you can read my take on “Uncle Drew” here and my opinions on “Day of the Soldado” here.
Ocean’s 8” rounded out the top five followed by “Tag” and “Deadpool 2” in sixth and seventh respectively. However the surprise of the weekend was the limited release “Sanju”, a Fox International production that opened domestically in only 356 theaters and still cracked the top ten with $2.5 million. It finished in eighth. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” finished in ninth and the Mr. Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”, which nearly doubled hits theater total to 654, held tight in tenth. For the first time in its run “Avengers: Infinity War” fell from the top ten to 12th as Marvel prepares to role out the third and final MCU film of 2018 this weekend. Speaking of which….
Don’t expect “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” to reign supreme for a third week. Marvel Studios will release the third MCU feature of the year, and the bridge film between “Infinity War” and “Avengers 4”, “Ant-Man and The Wasp” this weekend with reviews already strong for the superhero sequel. “Ant-Man and The Wasp” is pretty much guaranteed to top the box office by Monday, but a second offering is also looking to make waves. While it won’t beat Marvel’s newest film the horror prequel “The First Purge” is getting a head start on the weekend by debuting on the 4th of July playing off of its alternate America theme. Look for both films to shine over the weekend and bring in big numbers. You can look for my reviews of both movies coming soon as well. Happy 4th of July everybody!