Monday, July 3, 2017

Weekend Box-Office: DESPICABLE ME 3 and BABY DRIVER Top the Charts


"Despicable Me 3" scored a predictable victory at the box-office, but the biggest surprise of these first few days of the long 4th of July weekend was the heist flick "Baby Driver". Meanwhile "Wonder Woman" is still making a ton of money.

Find out more about the weekend box office after the jump.

The weekend's new arrival, the animated sequel "Despicable Me 3" from Universal and Illumination Entertainment, opened with a very strong $75.4 million. However, that's actually less than the studio was expecting, and behind both the $115.7 million debut of "Minions" and the $83 million opening of "Despicable Me 2". All of this despite opening in a record 4,529 theaters. However, the full five-day weekend will certainly bring in over $100 million for the film,  and with the $116.9 million grossed overseas, it's a great result versus its moderate $80 million budget.  By comparison, "Cars 3" cost $175 million to produce and only grossed $120.7 million so far. "Despicable Me 3" received an "A-" from opening night audiences, according to CinemaScore, while critics gave it mostly mixed reviews (63% on Rotten Tomatoes and 48 on Metacritic).

Edgar Wright's "Baby Driver" placed second with a surprising $21 million. The film opened on Wednesday, and has grossed $30 million in five days and things are looking good for the next two days of the holiday weekend. This is Wright's biggest opening weekend. The film's strong performance at the box-office was helped immensely by early reviews, which built up a lot of hype. Its critical reception is currently rated at 97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, while Metacritic estimates a score of 86, which suggests universal acclaim. All this buzz seems to be confirmed by CinemaScore's "A-" grade.

Meanwhile, "Transformers: The Last Knight" dropped to #3 and grossed $17 million after a 62% drop. Its domestic total has now reached $102.1 million, while internationally it has surpassed $300 million. "Wonder Woman" is close behind at #4 with $16.1 million and a worldwide total that has grown beyond $700 million.

Another new wide release, the R-rated comedy "The House" opened in sixth place with only $9 million, one of the worst debuts for a film starring Will Ferrell. The film scored a "B-" grade on CinemaScore and the critics hated it (16% on Rotten Tomatoes and 31 on Metacritic).

Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled" expanded nationwide and upgraded into the Top 10 in eighth position with $3.2 million.

New Wide Releases: "Despicable Me 3", "Baby Driver", "The House".

Biggest Drop : "Transformers: The Last Knight" (-62%)

Smallest Drop : "47 Meters Down" (-34%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Despicable Me 3 $75.4M $75.4M $116.9M $80M
2 Baby Driver $21M $30M $6.8M $34M
3 Transformers: The Last Knight $17M $102.1M $327.8M $217M
4 Wonder Woman $16.1M $346.6M $361.8M $149M
5 Cars 3 $9.5M $120.7M $53.1M $175M
6 The House $9M $9M $2.7M $40M
7 47 Meters Down $4.6M $32.5M N/A $5M
8 The Beguiled $3.2M $3.5M N/A $10M
9 The Mummy $2.7M $74.5M $275M $125M
10 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $2.4M $165.4M $543.2M $230M


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