While it seemed that this weekend belonged to Pixar’s sixteenth (out of eighteen) films to debut in first place, that debut was overshadowed by the second, third and fifth place films. Cars 3 did race to first place with $53.6 million, but that figure puts the film in fifteenth place in Pixar’s line-up with only Toy Story, A Bug’s Life and The Good Dinosaur behind it. Injusted for inflation, however, and the film drops to seventeenth with only The Good Dinosaur bringing up the rear. But no one at Disney is worried because these movies are built to sell merchandise, with the Cars franchise banking $10 billion for the company as of 2014.
The real story this week is the astonishing third weekend for Wonder Woman, which dropped just 30% from its second week, earning an additional $41.2 million at the domestic box office. This is the second largest third week for a WB film just behind The Dark Knight‘s $42.6 million. Wonder Woman is also outpacing Man of Steel, and with its $275 million domestic gross has overtaken Suicide Squad, which earned $262.2 million in 17 days … at a much higher opening weekend than Wonder Woman. Internationally, the film has a cumulative $298.4 million gross giving it a global $573.4 million total thus far.
Third place went to the controversial, and harshly reviewed, Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me which brought in $26.4 million, way ahead of studio expectations. Fifth place went to shark drama 47 Meters Down with $11.2 million, slightly ahead of the studio’s $10 million projections, the first wide theatrical release from Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios. One other new release, raunchy comedy Rough Night, could only muster up $8 million from 3,162 screens, good for seventh place. By comparison, All Eyez On Me opened on 2,471 screens with a $10,271 per screen average, and 47 Meters Down launched on 2,270 screens with a $4,936 per screen average. Rough Night‘s average was $2,531.
Last week’s Number 2 film, The Mummy, lost a big 54% of its opening gross, coming in at $14.5 million giving it a two week $57.1 million domestic total. The film continues to perform well in foreign markets, earning an additional $53 million for a cumulative $236.8 million and a global $293.9 million total. Another domestic disappointment, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, has crossed the $500 million mark internationally, and with its $150.5 million domestic haul stands at $651.2 million globally. Not bad for a $230 million “flop.” And for those keeping count, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 now has a global total of $844.7 million. The first film topped out at $773.3 million.
The coming week may pose a challenge for the film in the top spot with Transformers: The Last Knight getting a head start on Wednesday, June 21. Friday’s new releases are very limited with the critically hailed The Beguiled opening on just four screens and The Big Sick opening on five.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of June 16.
1. [N] –1– Cars 3 – $53,688,680 [NEW]
3. [N] –1– All Eyez on Me – $26,435,354 [NEW]
5. [N] –1– 47 Meters Down – $11,205,561 [NEW]
8.  –3– Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – $7,181,541 [$57,795,201]
10.  –2– It Comes At Night – $2,601,468 [$11,124,631]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo