As June wrapped up, Toy Story 4 remained on top for another weekend in a row, followed by the weekend’s two new releases.
Toy Story 4 brought in another $57.9 million and dropped about 52% from last weekend. It’s technically the biggest drop between opening and second weekend for the franchise but only by around 1% and it also opened $10 million higher than Toy Story 3, which was the highest opening Toy Story before last weekend. It’s still not even close to the “flop” some outlets are trying to paint it as and worldwide it has already made just shy of $500 million.
Annabelle Comes Home took second place with $20.3 million for the weekend. It’s the lowest opening weekend for the Annabelle series and The Conjuring Universe as a whole but it also opened on Wednesday last weekend, so it’s full total was actually $31.2 million. That’s still the lowest opening for the franchise though, so I guess the extra days didn’t do too much to help things. It took in $47 million internationally for a total of $78.4 million.
Yesterday came in third with $17 million. It’s the biggest opening ever for director Danny Boyle, although only four of his 13 films have opened wide on their first weekend. There’s not a lot to compare it to as the most similar movie is probably Across the Universe but that was a slowly expanding limited release and never got into over 1,000 theaters.
Aladdin and The Secret Life of Pets 2 rounded out the top five, the former now at just over $876 million worldwide.
Avengers: Endgame jumped back into the top 10 thanks to a new edition that added bonus features after the credits. The movie made another $5.5 million and its now at $2.764 billion worldwide, still shy of Avatar’s record by about $20 million or so.
The new Child’s Play took a horrific nosedive in its second weekend, falling almost 70% and dropping from second to eighth with $4.3 million. Luc Besson’s Anna also fell out of the top 10 after barely making it in last weekend, falling to 13th place with only $1.4 million.
Toy Story 4 also took the Per Theater average again with $12,663 in each of the 4,575 theaters it was playing in.
Toy Story 4 had a massive opening weekend, as you may have expected, but there are many outlets and analysts around the web insanely calling it a disappointment, if not an outright failure.
Toy Story 4 took in $118 million, which is the best opening ever for a Toy Story and the fourth largest animated opening of all time, behind Incredibles 2, Finding Dory and Shrek the Third. The part that is “disappointing” about the opening is that Disney expected at least $140 million from the domestic opening. The opening was also the third largest opening weekend of 2019 and it’s already in the Top 10 for 2019 at #9. Worldwide, the movie made another $123 million for a grand total opening of $238 million.
The Child’s Play reboot took a distant second place with $14 million, which was also below expectations, although they obviously were not as absurdly lofty as Disney’s for Toy Story 4. The movie only cost $10 million to make, so it will probably make some of its money back, although the audience reaction was not great. Funnily enough, if you adjusted for inflation, $14 million is what the original 1988 Child’s Play made in its opening weekend.
Aladdin remained in third place and continues to be one of the strongest performers of the summer. It took in another $12.2 million and has made over $812 million worldwide.
Men in Black International and The Secret Life of Pets 2 rounded out the top 5, with the former taking a nose dive and losing almost 65% of it’s take from last weekend and pulling in another $10.5 million. It has made just over $182 million worldwide so far but it cost $110 million plus who knows how much in promotions and advertising, so it will probably be a pretty big loss for Sony.
Also taking a nosedive was Shaft, which almost fell out of the top 10 in its second weekend with only another $3.55 million and barely holding off the new Luc Besson movie Anna, which opened in eleventh place with a $3.52 million, which is Besson’s lowest opening for a wide release ever.
Toy Story 4 also took the Per Theater average, making $25,792 in each of the 4,575 theaters it opened in.
In what seems to be a trend this summer, it was another week of massive underperformance for new entries in established franchises as both Men in Black and Shaft should have possibly stayed dormant.
Men in Black International “won” the box office with $28.5 million but that was around $25 million less than any of the previous MIB movies and it gets worse if you adjust for inflation, as the original MIB would have made just over $100 million in 2019 dollars. It is the third highest opening for director F. Gary Gray but it’s only slightly above his movies like Law Abiding Citizen and Be Cool and less than half what Straight Outta Compton made in its opening weekend. For star Chris Hemsworth it’s toward the middle of his openings, behind Ghostbusters which made $18 million more. It’s also toward the middle for co-star Tessa Thompson as well, who has been in fewer movies than Hemsworth but it was behind both Creed movies. It’s also obviously just over $94 million less than their prior team-up, Thor: Ragnorak, although Sony didn’t have expectations quite that large but, if they did, that would be insane. The movie took in $73 million internationally for a global opening of $102 million.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 dropped to second with $23.8 million, bringing its two week domestic total to just over $92 million. It’s still being thoroughly outpaced by its predecessor, which made just over $50 million in its second weekend.
Aladdin remained strong in third place, making another $16.7 million and only dropping 32% from last weekend. It has made over $263.4 million domestically and over $726 million worldwide.
Dark Phoenix and Rocketman rounded out the top 5 with the former absolutely nosediving, dropping 72% from last weekend’s already terrible opening with another $9 million. It has taken in $51.7 million domestic so far and $204 million worldwide but it cost at least that and probably more, so it’s still probably going to lose a ton of movie for Disney/Fox and might even be close to or already out of the top 10 after this coming weekend.
Shaft debuted with a mediocre $8.3 million, about half as much as the studio was expecting. If you adjust for inflation, the 2000 Shaft reboot with Samuel L. Jackson would have opened to $36 million in 2019 dollars. It is the lowest opening ever for director Tim Story and one of the lowest openings for Samuel L. Jackson, between Twisted and Juice.
Further down the list, Late Night opened wide and took ninth place with $5.1 million while Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die opened in 613 theaters with $2.4 million for 12th place.
The Per Theater average went to Paris is Burning, a re-release of the 1990 documentary, which made $11,000 in the one theater it was showing in.
Another weekend, another week of underperformance as Dark Phoenix cratered the X-Men franchise and Secret Life of Pets 2, while it won the box office, was still nowhere near its predecessor.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 took in $47.1 million, which is over $57 million less than the first movie made back in 2016. It’s also the third lowest opening in Illumination Animation history, only beating Hop and Sing. Worldwide, the move made another $49 million, for a global total of $94 million which, again, is less than just the domestic opening of the first movie.
The big news of the weekend, however, was the utter failure of Dark Phoenix. The lame duck of a movie made only $33 million, the lowest opening ever for the X-Men franchise, $20 million below the previous worst opening, The Wolverine. It’s also below the lowest performing MCU opening, The Incredible Hulk, which had just over $55 million for its opening. The film is estimated to have cost possibly over $200 million due to massive, lengthy reshoots and will probably lose Disney/Fox over $100 million. Worldwide, the movie took in $103 million, for a total so far of $136 million.
Aladdin dropped to third place but it’s been performing above expectations and continues to be strong week to week, which may have possibly contributed to Secret Life of Pets 2’s underperformance. The movie took in another $24.5 million, bringing it to over $232.4 million domestic and over $607 million worldwide.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters continues to disappoint, dropping almost 70% from last week and making another $15.5 million. It has $78.6 million so far for its domestic total and just over $294 million for its worldwide total. Compared to its predecessor, Godzilla 2014 had a $45 million second weekend, coming off its $117.3 million opening.
Rocketman rounded out the top 5 with another $14 million. It has made just over $50 million domestic for its two weeks out and just over $101 million worldwide.
The Per Theater average went to the comedy Late Night, which opened in 4 theaters and took in $62,414 at each one.
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan
Directed by: Simon Kinberg
Plot: The X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain.
Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 21%
Critic Consensus: “Dark Phoenix ends an era of the X-Men franchise by taking a second stab at adapting a classic comics arc — with deeply disappointing results”
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Starring: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Harrison Ford, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate
Directed by: Chris Renaud and Jonathan Del Val
Plot: Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day.
RT Freshness: 62%
Critic Consensus: “The Secret Life of Pets 2 doesn’t teach its animated stars any new narrative tricks — but for fans of the original, this funny, energetic sequel should still satisfy”
Starring: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, Hugh Dancy, John Lithgow, Max Casella, Denis O’Hare
Directed by: Nisha Ganatra
Plot: A late-night-talk-show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show.
RT Freshness: 80%
Critic Consensus: “Smart, timely, and brought to life by a terrific cast, Late Night is a workplace comedy with a lot of heart — and just as many laughs”
Dark Phoenix: Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.
The Secret Life of Pets 2: Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day.
Men in Black: International: The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.
Shaft: John Shaft Jr., a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his family’s help to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death.
Anna: Beneath Anna Poliatova’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins.
Child’s Play: A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.
Toy Story 4: When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.
Wild Rose: A musician from Glasgow dreams of becoming a Nashville star.
Annabelle Comes Home: Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her “safely” behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target–the Warrens’ ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends.
Yesterday: A struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.