Weekend Wrap-Up

Finding Dory Sparks Summer Box Office

By John Hamann

June 19, 2016

Don't drink the Dory! Who are you, Kevin Kline?

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Despite Finding Dory's utter dominance this weekend, Central Intelligence still found an audience and opened respectably. The action comedy got started on Thursday, earning a decent $1.8 million, which was better than both Ride Along movies. Its "Friday with Preview" number came in at a very respectable $13 million, which is about $1 million better than Ride Along 2, which opened to $35.2 million. It was also slightly higher than Hart's Get Hard, another bromance type flick, and that one went on to find $33.8 million. The Rock's Other Guys, the bromance he did with Mark Wahlberg, debuted to $13.1 million, on its way to $35.5 million.

The weekend total for Central Intelligence came in at a decent $34.5 million, matching the mix of films above and setting a good mark for Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson. This one cost New Line (Warner Bros.) and Universal $50 million to make, with New Line taking domestic rights and Universal overseas. Given the debut, it will put Central Intelligence in a good position to be profitable for both companies, as whatever Kevin Hart lacks overseas, Dwayne Johnson certainly makes up for. Central Intelligence received decent reviews, earning a 67% fresh rating, but more important, the Cinemascore came in at an A-, which could be good news for a film like this.

Finishing third is The Conjuring 2, which holds decently considering the genre and the competition. The original Conjuring fell a very nice 47% in its second weekend, earning $22.2 million after debuting to $41.9 million. The sequel, after debuting to $40.4 million, fell 62% to $15.6 million in its second frame. The main difference is that the original only had to face off against the $53 million earning Wolverine, whereas the sequel faces off against Finding Dory and Central Intelligence. It is also a sequel, which normally means there is more front-loading. The total for the $40 million film has reached a pleasing $71.7 million on the domestic side, and the overseas total is already over $116 million. The original earned $180 million over there, and the sequel should do a lot better.


Now You See Me 2 spends its second weekend in the number four spot, and also rides the down elevator at a greater rate than expected. The Lionsgate magic sequel earned only $9.7 million in its second weekend, dropping a severe 57% for an adult drama like this. The original, after opening to over $29 million, fell only 35% in weekend two, which made it the hit it became. With a budget at $90 million and a worldwide total needed at $300 million, this one is already in trouble. It might get to $75 million on the domestic side, and after a $20 million opening on the overseas side, Now You See Me 2 has a long way to go to see a theatrical profit. It has a running total of $41.4 million so far.

Warcraft goes down ugly this weekend, as any domestic success is simply not going to happen - period. Warcraft earned only $6.5 million in weekend two, off a devastating 73% compared to opening weekend. Despite a $24 million opening, Warcraft would be thrilled to get $50 million on the domestic side. Overseas, of course it has reached $340 million, but more than $150 million of that is from China. In China, Warcraft is being released by Legendary, so the rest of the planet's gross for Warcraft is thats much more than $150 million, as China carries the box office balance for Warcraft. So far, Warcraft has earned only $37.7 million at the domestic box office.

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