This is a difficult week to really assess the box office with Baby Driver getting a two day start on the weekend, and most of Hollywood taking Monday off in preparation for Tuesday’s July 4th holiday, making this a five-day holiday weekend. But we do have some solid numbers so this week’s report will be a mix of actuals and estimates.
With that in mind, the big topic of discussion now is this year’s case of Sequelitis. Most of the sequels released this year have underperformed in a big way and this week’s Despicable Me 3 is no exception. The film did snag the Number 1 spot with $72.4 million, about $11 million behind the second film in the franchise. The movie has been playing overseas now for two weeks, and added about $95.6 million to its international total which now stands at $116.9 million. Despicable Me 3‘s worldwide earnings top $189 million.
Speaking of sequels, last week’s Number 1, Transformers: The Last Knight, took an expected 62% tumble, falling to Number 3 with an estimated $17 million. The $217 million film has earned $102 million domestically and has a global total of $431.7 million. Cars 3 also saw another big drop in its third week (60%) and fell two more spots to Number 5 with $9.6 million, giving it a domestic total of $120.8 million. With the film only open in a handful of foreign markets, the worldwide gross stands at $174.2 million. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales dropped 53%, moving down three spots to Number 10 with $2.5 million and a domestic total of $165.5 million. Paired with the film’s foreign earnings of $545 million, the film has now crossed the $700 million mark worldwide ($710.5 million), the second film this week to hit that milestone.
Wonder Woman continues to impress, dropping just 37% in its fifth week of release, moving down two spots to Number 5 with an estimated $15.7 million, and a domestic total of $346.2 million. With a comparable foreign gross of $363.4 million, Wonder Woman also crosses the $700 million mark worldwide with $709.6 million, just about $1 million behind Pirates. Wonder Woman is now the third most successful film, domestically, of the DC Comics movies behind The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, the highest grossing film in the current DC Extended Universe films series domestically, and one of the Top 100 all-time earners worldwide. The film has surpassed the worldwide earnings of Man of Steel ($668 million) and is closing in on Suicide Squad ($745.6 million) but has a way to go before surpassing Batman v Superman ($873.2 million).
Besides Despicable Me 3, there were more newcomers to the Top 10 this week. Making its better-than-expected debut, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver roared into second place with an estimated $21 million, after grossing about $9 million since its Wednesday opening. With a five-day total of about $30 million, Baby Driver has the highest domestic opening yet for a Wright movie and could be Wright’s most successful film yet within its first week. By comparison, Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World topped out at $31.5 million, Shaun of the Dead finished with $13.5 million, Hot Fuzz finished at $23.6 million, and The World’s End ended with $26 million.
The Will Ferrell/Amy Poehler comedy The House opened at Number 6 with just $8.7 million, probably due to the fact that the studio kept the film away from critics during early public screenings, hoping good word of mouth would give the movie a solid debut. That didn’t seem to work as audiences gave the film a B- on CinemaScore, and those critics who did review the film gave it a cumulative score of 31 on Metacritic. It also has a dismal 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Not new, but adding 670 screens to its opening week of four, The Beguiled shot to the Number 8 spot, up 1,297%, with $3.1 million. Looking deeper at the film’s performance, it took in an average of $4,692 per screen, putting it ahead of everything after Baby Driver, including Transformers ($4,114) and just squeaking past Wonder Woman ($4,612).
Looking past the holiday, the weekend of July 7 should belong to Spiderman: Homecoming, the lone wide release film (A Ghost Story opens in limited release), which is already garnering rave reviews from early screenings.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of June 30.
3.  –2– Transformers: The Last Knight – $17,000,000 [$102,103,351]
5.  –3– Cars 3 – $9,689,279 [$120,879,378]
6. [N] –1– The House – $8,730,000 [NEW]
7.  –3– 47 Meters Down – $4,518,703 [$32,428,158]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo