Mummy Flops; Summer Suck-O-Meter Continues Climb
By John Hamann
June 11, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 earned another $6.2 million and fell 37%. The domestic total for the Marvel release has now hit $366.4 million and overseas has moved beyond $460 million.
The buzzy film It Comes at Night failed to live up to expectations this weekend, as some tracking firms had the horror flick opening in the double digits. It wasn't to be, as previews came in at $700,000 and the combined Thursday/Friday was reported at $2.5 million, lower than where expectations had it. The weekend came in at $6 million from 2,533 screens, which isn't a bad result for a film that cost $5 million to make. Joel Edgerton shows up again in one of these out of nowhere, well-reviewed horror flicks, as It Comes at Night is 86% fresh, and 2015's The Gift, also starring Edgerton, was 93% fresh. The GIft also cost $5 million to make, but It Comes At Night will likely not match the $43.8 million earned by The Gift.
Paramount's dead man walking, Baywatch, is seventh. The rare Dwayne Johnson miss earned another $4.6 million and declined 48%. The domestic total is at $51.1 million, and it has crossed the $35 million mark overseas.
Bleecker Street's new release Megan Leavey, about a soldier and her dog, is eighth. Out to 1,956 venues, this small Kate Mara counter-programmer picked up only $3.8 million in its debut. The ads seem to be everywhere, so armed with an A Cinemascore, and decent reviews (79% fresh) so an expansion could be coming.
Alien Covenant is ninth. The Ridley Scott flick earned $1.8 million this weekend, off 56% from the previous frame. The $97 million film has earned $71.1 million stateside. Everything, Everything is tenth. The teen drama earned another $1.6 million, off 51% compared to last weekend. Domestically, it has earned $31.7 million, against a $10 million budget.
Overall this weekend, the top 12 films earned $138.1 million, again a sluggish total for mid-June. A year ago, the top 12 was led by The Conjuring 2 at $40 million, but Warcraft and Now You See Me 2 also opened above $20 million, giving the top 12 $143.6 million. Next weekend, four more titles invade: 47 Meters Down, a horror/thriller movie with sharks opens, as does All Eyez On Me, a drama from Lionsgate about Tupac. The big hitters are Cars 3 (why Pixar, why?) and Rough Night, a comedy in the vein of Bridesmaids. These four new releases will be facing off against last year's box office for Finding Dory, which opened on the same weekend to $135 million.