Okay, maybe strong might be an overstatement for Cars 3 since it’s essentially Pixar’s 5th worst opening weekend ever, so definitely on the lower end.
Considering Cars 2 really wasn’t very good (the opposite) you could say that might have poisoned the well a bit, so the $53.7 million Cars 3 raised over the weekend is at the very least a solid start. For reference Cars opened to $60.1 million in 2006 while Cars 2 improved on that with $66.1 million in 2011. When it came to domestic totals it was the other way around with Cars making $244.1 million against the $191.5 million of Cars 2. Because Cars 3 is getting better word of mouth Pixar and Disney might be hoping that it ends up playing more like Cars and get to $200 million in the US. Realistically it will probably be closer to Cars 2 (in part because Despicable Me 3 is out next week) and finish with $150-160 million. All in all not a bad result for Cars 3.
Wonder Woman continues its already outstanding box office run with another $41.3 million over the weekend, down only 29.5%. We never see drops like this for superhero movies, even Avengers or The Dark Knight were in the 40-50% at this stage. Not even the 2002 Spider-Man (-36.9% in its 3rd weekend) was this steady. In the DCEU despite opening $30 million lower than Suicide Squad, after 18 days Wonder Woman ($279.9 million) is already running more than $15 million ahead of it through the same point. Up next is Batman v Superman which is currently in front by only about $18 million (again at day 18). At the rate Wonder Woman is going a final domestic cume of over $350 million is all but guaranteed. I’d even go as far as to say that it might have a very good shot at reaching $400 million.
Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me surprised in 3rd with $26.4 million. I don’t think anyone expected more than $15-20 million from this and it even beat Wonder Woman on Friday with $12.8 million. That number made some think All Eyez on Me might open with as much as $30 million. In the end that wasn’t the case since the movie was very frontloaded. With that in mind the domestic total for All Eyez on Me should be around $60 million.
The Mummy can’t seem to catch a break, down 54.2% to $14.5 million in 4th. Normally that’s not actually a bad 2nd weekend drop, or at least it’s not when you open in the $50-70 million range. For The Mummy this is bad, $58.7 million in 11 days is bad. Fortunately for Universal Pictures and their Dark Universe (for now still called that) The Mummy is doing great internationally, having made roughly four times more than it did in the US.
Another surprise was 47 Meters Down, which rounded out the top 5 with $11.2 million. That’s a much better opening weekend than I expected from this second-hand shark movie. This probably means we’ll be getting at least one shark flick every June from now on, or at least as long as people pay to see them.
And lastly Scarlett Johansson starring R-rated comedy Rough Night offered up a disappointing start with 8 million in 7th. First Ghost in the Shell, now this, 2017 is really not Scarlett Johansson’s year.