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Battle at the Box Office 8/1/22

DC League of Super Pets took the top spot at the box office over the weekend with a solid but probably softer than expected opening.

Super Pets took in $23 million over the weekend and $41 million worldwide.  That puts it about on par with The Bad Guys, which opened to a similar amount in April and between Smallfoot and Storks for Warner Animation Group.  It’s slightly under half of what Lightyear made a few weeks ago for its opening weekend and obviously nowhere close to The Rise of Gru, which made over $100 million in its opening weekend.  We’ll have to see how it holds going into this coming weekend because if it has a solid second weekend, it could have long legs over the next few weeks as there’s no new competition coming up in the family animation genre and people who already saw or are sick of Minions will probably go to Super Pets if they haven’t seen it yet.

Nope dropped to second place with another $18.5 million for a 58% drop.  That’s pretty good for the horror genre, which normally sees nosedives of 65% or more in their second weekends.  The movie hasn’t opened in any international markets yet.  Compared to the second weekend of Us and Get Out, Nope is behind both, despite opening higher than Get Out.  It might be that word of mouth is more mixed than Jordan Peele’s previous two movies, so it doesn’t have the return visits and new visits that the other two movies had.

Thor: Love and Thunder took third place with $13.2 million.  It has $301.6 million domestic and over $662 million worldwide, which makes it the 6th biggest movie of the year domestically and worldwide.

Minions: The Rise of Gru and Top Gun: Maverick rounded out the top 5, with Top Gun: Maverick still in the top 5 in its 10th week of release.  Maverick has made over $650 million domestic and over $1.3 billion worldwide.

Further down the list, the other new release that opened just shy of a wide release in 998 theaters was Vengeance from B.J. Novak.  It took tenth place with $1.7 million.

The Per Theater average went to Sharp Stick, which was playing in 2 theaters and took in $9,071 in each one.

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