Monday Box Office Report – STAR TREK goes BEYOND the competition

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With the tsunami of awesome news that came (and is still coming!) out of the San Diego Comic-Con this weekend past, you would think that all everybody did was either actually attend the expo or just sit at home hitting Refresh on their browsers for the latest bit of geekgasmic news. Apparently not though, as it seems quite a few people in the US spent their weekend watching Star Trek Beyond.

The third film in the JJ Abrams rebooted sci-fi franchise debuted in its opening weekend to a solid $59.6 million. That may be down from Star Trek Into Darkness’ opening numbers of $70 million (which itself pulled in $9 million less than 2009’s Star Trek), but it was still more than double its nearest competitor on the weekend. Based on the immensely strong word of mouth surrounding this movie though, it should have the legs to stick around on the charts for a while and chew a fair bit into that $185 million price tag. It will definitely need some help on the international markets though, and luckily more and more Hollywood blockbusters seem to be making bigger percentages of their money there (just like Star Trek Into Darkness did). Whatever happens though, Paramount has already greenlit a fourth movie which will see Chris Hemsworth rejoining the franchise in some unspecified manner (his character, Captain Kirk’s dad, was last seen sporting a severe case of being dead), so this franchise has nothing to worry about right now.

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Speaking of nothing to worry about, fellow box office chart newcomer Lights Out opened spectacularly to tie for third place with Ghostbusters. Both films brought in $21.6 million but the difference is that the James Wan produced horror only has a $4.9 million production budget, whereas Ghostbusters is on its second week already and is trying to recoup a $185 million price tag. At current projections, Lights Out‘s domestic run alone should net somewhere in the region of about $55 million, which combined with whatever it makes internationally should make it one of the most profitable films of the year.

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Unfortunately cannot be said for the other big debut this week as Ice Age: Collision Course found the animated franchise living up to its title. It picked up $21 million, which may seem like just a touch off the pace of the previously mentioned films, but when compared to the franchise entries, its pretty dire. Before this, none of the other four films in the series has ever opened to lower than $41 million, which makes this the most disappointing entry by far. Now these films have traditionally always done a lot better on the international markets, but it seems that after 14 years of Manny, Sid and Scrat, US audiences are starting to give it the cold shoulder.

Also entering the charts this weekend past is Dinesh D’Souza’s political documentary Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, which upped its initial very limited release window from just 2 theatres to 1,216. That huge increase saw it pull in a respectable $3.7 million.

Here’s what happened on the rest of the US top 10 chart.

  • Star Trek Beyond –  $59.6 million (NE)
  • 02. The Secret Life of Pets – $29.3 million (LW:2)
  • 03. Lights Out – $21.6 million (NE)
  • 03. Ghostbusters – $21.6 million (LW: 2)
  • 05. Ice Age: Collision Course  – $21 million (NE)
  • 06. Finding Dory – $7.2 million (LW: 4)
  • 07. The Legend of Tarzan – $6.4 million (LW: 4)
  • 08. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – $4.4 million (LW: 5)
  • 09. Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party – $3.7 million (NE)
  • 10. The Infiltrator – $3.2 million (LW: 8)

Of note on the charts this weekend, is that Finding Dory‘s $7.9 million has now helped it to become the 9th highest grossing domestic release of all time with $460.1 million. On the other end of the success spectrum though, Steven Spielberg’s The BFG has already dropped out of the charts after just a month and only earning $50.8 million domestically. I guess there’s no doubt now that its a big friendly bomb.

(LW = Last Week, NE = New Entry)

Last Updated: July 25, 2016

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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