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Battle at the Box Office 7/8/24

Despicable Me 4 continued an upward trend at the box office over the last few weeks, dominating the July 4th holiday weekend and unseating Inside Out 2 in first place.

Despicable Me 4 took in $75 million for the 3-day weekend and $122 million domestically since it came out on Wednesday last week.  If you count the 3-day weekend, it’s the fourth-best opening in the franchise behind Minions, Minions: Rise of Gru, and Despicable Me 2. It was slightly up from the last proper Despicable Me movie, Despicable Me 3, from 2017.  With its total gross for the holiday, it’s still a strong opening, and it helped the Despicable Me/Minions franchise push past Shrek as the highest-grossing animated franchise domestically.  Worldwide, Despicable Me 4 has $230.9 million and is currently the 12th highest-grossing film of 2024, but it should quickly enter the top 10 by next weekend.

Inside Out 2 dropped to second place thanks to the direct competition of Despicable Me 4 but managed to drop only 47% and take in another $30.3 million.  It now has $534.1 million domestically and $1.2 billion worldwide.  Talking all-time box office, Inside Out 2 is now the 18th highest-grossing film ever domestically (unadjusted for inflation) between The Dark Knight and Rogue One, and worldwide, it is currently the 25th highest-grossing film of all time between The Fate of the Furious and Iron Man 3.  It is still tracking slightly ahead of Barbie, which could push it into the top 15 and close to the top 10 for the all-time worldwide box office.

A Quiet Place: Day One dropped 61% from last weekend’s opening, making another $20.6 million and taking it to $93.9 million domestically and $177.7 million worldwide.  It’s currently tracking just barely behind the first A Quiet Place daily and is ahead of A Quiet Place Part II.  Day One is around $7 million behind where A Quiet Place was at the same time frame.

MaXXXine opened in fourth place with $6.7 million.  That’s the best opening for Ti West and Mia Goth’s “X Trilogy”, up around $3 million from Pearl‘s opening in 2022 and around $2 million over X‘s opening.  It’s also the 5th best opening ever for A24, between The Green Knight and Midsommar.  It will have direct competition in the horror market this coming weekend with the buzzy Longlegs and the Cinemascore was a mixed B score, so we’ll have to see if MaXXXine has legs or nosedives in this upcoming weekend.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die rounded out the top 5 with another $6.6 million.  It has $177.4 million domestically and $360.2 million worldwide.

Further down the list, Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot opened in seventh place with $3 million.  Angel Studios hasn’t been able to replicate the viral success of last summer’s Sound of Freedom and even retitled this movie to try and possibly form a marketing connection between them, but it didn’t seem to work, and most of their recent movies have opened below $10 million, with many opening below $5 million.

Akira Kurosawa’s classic Seven Samurai took the per-Theater average for the weekend, playing in one theater and earning $19,260 for that theater.

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