Finding Dory Sparks Summer Box Office
By John Hamann
June 19, 2016
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.