Weekend Wrap-Up

Fantastic Four

By John Hamann

August 9, 2015

Should have hired me as Mr. Fantastic.

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Ant-Man is fifth and likely only has that ranking due the implosion of Fantastic Four. This weekend, the Paul Rudd starrer took in another $7.8 million, dropping a not bad 39%, and brings its domestic gross up to $147.4 million. Ant-Man cost Marvel and Disney $130 million to make, which means it needs $400 million worldwide to get to the good side. Overseas, Ant-Man has earned $179 million, but still needs more.

Sixth is Minions, which is now in its fifth weekend of release. Minions earned another $7.4 million and declined 40%, mostly due to the fact that it lost 450 venues this weekend. Minions crossed the $300 million mark on Sunday, its 31st day of release, making it the 27th fastest ever to that mark. It was one day slower than Inside Out and a couple of days faster than Shrek the Third. Give it $302.8 million on the domestic side. It has now passed $600 million overseas.

Ricki and the Flash opened in seventh, but I don’t think Meryl or TriStar were looking for world domination. They seem to be just looking to get the family together and have a good time. That good time earned $7 million over opening weekend from a muted venue count of 1,603 theaters. Reviews were okay at 59% fresh, and the Cinemascore decent with a B. I think that with Ricki, Streep just wanted to work with her daughter, Mamie Gummer, and will seek Oscar glory through her next feature, Suffragette.

Trainwreck dips to eighth but sees a strong hold in its third weekend. The Amy Schumer comedy earned another $6.3 million and fell 34%. Trainwreck, which cost only $35 million to make, has now pulled in $91.1 million and has added a few million overseas.


Pixels is ninth. It earned $5.4 million this weekend and dropped 48%. The $88 million Sony release has now earned $57.6 million domestically and $73 million overseas.

Tenth is Southpaw, the Jake Gyllenhaal boxing flick. Southpaw earned $4.8 million and declined 38%. The Weinstein release has earned $40.8 million stateside against its $30 million budget and has found another $10 million plus overseas.

Sadly, Shaun of the Sheep finishes outside of the top ten despite a 99% fresh rating at RottenTomatoes. From Aardman, Shaun earned only $4 million from 2,320 screens, and pulled in $5.6 million since opening Wednesday. The good news for Aardman is that their film had already earned $60 million away from the US before it opened stateside.

Overall, the box office is kneecapped thanks to the unraveling of Fantastic Four, leaving the top 12 well back of comparable weekends. The top 12 films earned $122.2 million this weekend, far off the $174 million earned last year when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was on top, while Guardians of the Galaxy had a strong second weekend. It is also well behind the 2013 weekend, which took in $142.3 million. Next weekend will be interesting as we get two wildcards – Straight Outta Compton, the NWA biopic from Universal, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., with Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill.

Top Weekend Box Office for 8/7/15-8/9/15 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation Paramount $29,400,000 - 47% $108,654,000
2 Fantastic Four (2015) Fox $26,200,000 New $26,200,000
3 The Gift Stx Entertainment $12,007,000 New $12,007,000
4 Vacation WARNER BROS. $9,145,000 - 38% $37,325,000
5 Ant-Man Disney $7,826,000 - 39% $147,436,000
6 Minions Universal $7,370,280 - 41% $302,724,400
7 Ricki And the Flash Fox $7,000,000 New $7,000,000
8 Trainwreck Universal $6,274,625 - 34% $91,102,000
9 Pixels Sony $5,500,000 - 48% $57,700,000
10 Southpaw Weinstein Co. $4,764,000 - 37% $40,725,841
11 Shaun the Sheep Movie Lionsgate $4,000,000 New $5,571,338
12 Inside Out Disney $2,689,000 - 40% $335,375,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Diary of a Teenage Girl Sony Classics $54,525 New $54,525
  Kahlil Gibran's the Prophet Gkids $26,601 New $26,601
  Cop Car Focus World $27,000 New $27,000
  Metropolitan Rialto $7,500 New $7,500
  The End of the Tour A24 $252,702 + 105% $428,047
  A Lego Brickumentary Radius $6,500 - 85% $83,176
  Listen To Me Marlon Showtime Documentary Films $42,889 + 43% $101,657
  Paper Towns Fox $1,450,000 - 69% $28,804,000
  Mr. Holmes Roadside Attractions $1,300,000 - 45% $12,750,000
  Irrational Man Sony Classics $883,561 + 78% $2,251,474
  Jurassic World Universal $1,930,275 - 51% $635,657,055
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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