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Battle at the Box Office 7/10

By Zach

Apologies for being late on the weekend box office numbers, I woke up Monday with an upset stomach and wasn’t really in the mood all day to do anything but lie down.  I’m feeling better now though and ready to run down another weekend of Disney domination at the box office.

Shocking no one, Ant-Man and the Wasp took first place with $75.8 million, $18 million higher than its predecessor and putting it between Doctor Strange and Thor for opening weekends in the MCU.  This is the 10th weekend in 2018 that Marvel has claimed the #1 spot at the box office following the insane success of both Black Panther and Infinity War. Ant-Man and The Wasp also took in $85 million worldwide for a grand total of $161 million.

Fallen Kingdom dropped to second and dropped 53% from last week with another $28.6 million, putting it over $333 million domestic and crossing over $1 billion worldwide.  It’s now the fourth highest grossing domestic release and third highest grossing worldwide release of 2018.

Incredibles 2 continues to dominate in third place, crossing over half a billion domestically with another $28.4 million, dropping less than 40% from last week.  Worldwide, the movie has over $772 million.

The First Purge opened in fourth place with $17 million for the regular weekend and $31 million total since it opened on July 4th.  If you add all 5 days of its opening, it’s the the third best for the franchise, topping Anarchy. For all of Blumhouse, its $31 million puts it between Election Year and Anarchy but below other recent horror releases from the studio like Happy Death Day, Truth or Dare or Insidious: The Last Key.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado rounded out the top 5 with another $7.6 million, dropping just shy of 60% from last weekend’s take and bringing it just slightly over its budget of $35 million for a domestic take.

Further down the charts, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Continued to expand, moving into another 289 theaters, and moved up to ninth place with $2.5 million and taking in $12.3 million so far.  Another documentary, Whitney, about singer Whitney Houston, opened in 451 theaters and took in $1.3 million for 12th place. Also in limited release, Sorry to Bother You opened in 16 theaters and had the best per screen average, making $45,454 per screen and $727,266 in total for 16th place.


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