Weekend Wrap-Up

Warring Apes and Spider-Man Try To Keep Summer Streak Alive

By John Hamann

July 16, 2017

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Despicable Me 3 finishes third and has a much better hold than its 53% drop last weekend. This weekend, Gru and family earned $18.9 million, giving it a better decline of 44%. The Universal/Illumination product's domestic total to $188 million, while the overseas number has hit $431 million – all against that puny $80 million budget.

Fourth is Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, which is having a great run. Baby earned another $8.8 million and fell 33%. The $34 million Sony release has now earned $73.2 million stateside and $22 million overseas.

Fifth is The Big Sick, and after expanding from a tiny 326 venues to a comparatively massive 2,597, tracking was looking for the indie dramedy to potentially crack $10 million this weekend. It must have been a little under the weather, as it did not come close, earning $7.6 million, giving it an increase over last weekend of 113% (but keep in mind the venue count change). Lionsgate is distributing for Amazon, which picked up The Big Sick at last year's Sundance Festival for $12 million. This deal is similar to the one Amazon did last year for Manchester by the Sea, which became Roadside Attractions' biggest hit after Amazon paid $10 million for the rights. Currently against that $12 million investment, The Big Sick has earned $16 million at domestic cinemas, and could stick around for a while.

Wonder Woman is sixth, despite being in its seventh weekend of release. This time around, the Warner Bros./DC Comics release earned $6.9 million and dropped 30%. The Gal Gadot starrer has earned $380.7 million domestically and is sneaking up on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which has about about $387 million in domestic sales. Overseas, Wonder Woman has matched its domestic gross, and has a worldwide cume of $765 million.


Broad Green's Wish Upon flopped this weekend, earning only $5.6 million over three days. The $12 million film's 20% fresh rating tells it all, as does the C Cinemascore. Avoid at all costs.

Cars 3 is eighth, earning $3.2 million this weekend. That's a decline of 41% for the Pixar release, and the second lowest earner ever for the Pixar brand now has a sad $140 million. Ninth is Transformers: Made For China, which picked up another $2.8 million and fell 56%. Domestically this one has $124.9 million, and is easily being out-grossed by China alone, which has $220 million plus in ticket sales.

Tenth is the Will Ferrell miss The House. The comedy earned $1.8 million and fell a woeful 62%. Its domestic total is an embarrassing $23.1 million.

Overall, what looked like it could be a breakout frame wasn't, and the box office will have to look again to next weekend for some hoped for improvement. This year, the top 12 earned $159.4 million which isn't bad. Last year, The Secret Life of Pets' second weekend was enough to give the top 12 $155.4 million, as the Ghostbusters reboot held it from breaking out. Next weekend again could provide a spark: Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens, as does Chris Nolan's massive Dunkirk, and the well-reviewed Girls Trip, a comedy with Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith.

Top Ten for Weekend of July 14-16, 2017
Estimated Gross (millions)
Weekly Change
Running Total (millions)
1 War for the Planet of the Apes 20th Century Fox 56.5 New 56.5
2 Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 45.2 -61% 208.3
3 Despicable Me 3 Universal 18.9 -44% 188.0
4 Baby Driver TriStar 8.8 -33% 73.2
5 The Big Sick Lionsgate 7.6 +113% 16.0
6 Wonder Woman Warner Bros. 6.9 -30% 380.7
7 Wish Upon Broad Green 5.6 New 5.6
8 Cars 3 Walt Disney Co. 3.2 -41% 140.0
9 Transformers: The Last Knight Paramount 2.8 -56% 124.9
10 The House Warner Bros. 1.8 -62% 23.1
11 47 Meters Down Entertainment Studios 1.2 -55% 41.2
12 The Beguiled Focus .9 -55% 9.4

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