Each week on Atom Insider, we break down the box office numbers for all of the biggest films opening in theaters. This week, Avengers: Endgame finally met its match: Keanu Reeves. Oh, and a couple of deadly dogs, as well.
This Week’s Top Earner – ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’
In just one weekend, John Wick: Chapter 3 managed to outgross the entirety of the first film’s original box office earnings in 2014, scoring an impressive $57 million in 3,850 theaters. The R-rated Lionsgate film has already made $149.2 million worldwide, nearly tripling its reported budget of $55 million.
Domestically, this is a stronger opening weekend than How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, and Shazam! This means John Wick: Chapter 3 had the fourth-best opening weekend in North America so far this year behind Us, Captain Marvel, and Avengers: Endgame. There’s no way Lionsgate is letting this franchise go into retirement anytime soon.
Second Place – ‘Avengers: Endgame’
After a month at the box office, Avengers: Endgame finally conceded its top spot, but the numbers still point toward more broken records to come. The MCU film pulled in $29.4 million in North America this weekend, a 53.5% drop after losing nearly 500 theaters. It’s made $770.8 million domestically so far, making it the second highest grossing film of all time behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It will have to somehow make another $166 million in order to win it all domestically, but it has a much easier climb to becoming the highest grossing film worldwide. It’s made an unbelievable $2.61 billion overall, which is just about $174 million shy of defeating Avatar, the current record holder.
And Third – ‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’
Looks like enough viewers are catching Detective Pikachu, which brought in $24.8 million domestically in its second week. Despite gaining some theaters, it still dropped 54.4%, but the family film has won a solid $287.4 million worldwide off of a reported budget of $150 million. Even Pikachu himself might find that shocking.
Rounding Out The Rest Of The Box Office
A Dog’s Journey (Universal) debuted at #4 with just $8 million in North America, which is about $10 million less than its predecessor. This franchise might need to play dead for a while. The Hustle (MGM/United Artists) failed to pick up some much-needed steam in its second weekend, stealing a meager $6 million in over 3,000 theaters and dropping two spots to #5.
The Intruder (Screen Gems) fell two spots to #6 in its third week, earning $4 million to its overall total of $28.6 million. Not bad for a film that only cost a reported $8 million. Long Shot (Lionsgate) fell to #7 with just $3.4 million domestically in its third week, likely due to losing over 1,100 theaters. The R-rated comedy has only made about $32.7 million worldwide off of a reported budget of $40, making it almost a surefire disappointment in terms of box office.
The Sun Is Also a Star (Warner Bros) collapsed on entry this week at #8, making only $2.6 million in over 2,000 theaters. It might break even thanks to a low reported budget of $9 million, but only if it manages to hold on to some theater space as more movies enter the summer box office fray this month. In terms of opening weekends, The Sun Is Also a Star is now one of the weakest performing young adult book adaptations of all time, even accounting for films that opened in limited release.
At #9 is Poms (STX), which fell three spots in just its second weekend with $2 million in over 2,700 theaters. And wrapping up the list is UglyDolls (STX), which only made $1.6 million in over 2,000 theaters after losing over 1,600 in its third week. The film is a major flop, making only $18.8 million off of a reported budget of $45 million.
And They’re Out
Looks like Breakthrough’s five weeks of fame are up. The Fox film dropped three spots to #11 after grossing an impressive $47.7 million worldwide off of a reported budget of $14 million. The Curse of La Llorona (Warner Bros) managed to sneak back on the Top 10 for a quick haunting, but then fell two spots to #12 again in its fifth week.
Tolkien (Fox Searchlight) fell off the page, dropping a sharp four spots to #13 in just its second weekend, despite playing in over 1,500 theaters. This will be another early flop for the summer, as the biopic has only scored $5.8 million worldwide off of a reported budget of $20 million.
And last we have Captain Marvel (Disney) at #14, getting close to wrapping up its impressive 11-week run, which resulted in it becoming one of the highest grossing superhero films of all time with $1.12 billion worldwide. I’m sure that boycott will start showing results eventually.
Check back with Atom Insider later this week as we preview all the new releases hitting theaters this Friday.