Early Weekend Estimates: ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboots $43M Bow; ‘Secret Life of Pets’ Eyes Repeat Victory w/ $50.5M; ‘Finding Dory’ Set to Pass ‘Shrek 2’ As All-Time Animated Champ

Saturday Report: Sony / Columbia reports this morning that director Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot took in an estimated $17.2 million on opening day Friday, including Thursday night’s $3.4 million haul. By comparison, that figure comes in 32 percent short of 22 Jump Street‘s $25.15 million opening day in June 2014. That being said, yesterday’s opening does reflect good news for the studio after months of controversy from online fans. Ultimately, the general audience word of mouth will determine where the film can go from here. The studio reports it earned an “A-” CinemaScore from crowds under the age of 25 and a “B+” overall. For now though, the first day take is respectable in its own right. Boxoffice is currently projecting an opening weekend in the realm of $43 million, which would land it in second place for the three-day period.

Slipping to second place temporarily on Friday was The Secret Life of Pets, picking up another $15.06 million as it dropped 61 percent from last week’s opening day. By comparison, Minions slipped 68 percent on its second Friday last year, while Despicable Me 2 dropped 56 percent on its comparable Friday three years ago. Friday’s take gives Pets an eight-day domestic total of $167.65 million, putting it 13 percent ahead of the pace of Pixar’s Inside Out and 7 percent behind Illumination’s own Minions. We’re projecting a sophomore frame of $50.5 million, which would score the animated blockbuster another first place victory.

Finding Dory took in another $3.306 million yesterday, down 47 percent from last Friday. With $437.77 million in the bank through 29 days of play, the Pixar’s highest grossing film in studio history is pacing 21 percent ahead of Shrek 2 through the same point in release. Dory will overtake that DreamWorks film’s $441.2 million haul as the highest grossing animated film in domestic box office history on Saturday.

Meanwhile, The Infiltrator added $1.485 million yesterday to bring its three-day total to $2.95 million. The Bryan Cranston-led thriller is currently pacing about 24 percent behind 2014’s The November Man and is looking toward a three-day weekend tally around $4.7 million (which would give it close to $6.2 million for its five-day start since Wednesday).

Our complete early estimates chart is below. Official weekend estimates from the studios will be published on Sunday.

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Secret Life of Pets $50,500,000 -52% 4,381 11 $11,527 $203,087,865 2 Universal
2 Ghostbusters (2016) $43,000,000 3,963 $10,850 $43,000,000 1 Sony / Columbia
3 The Legend of Tarzan $11,100,000 -47% 3,551 -40 $3,126 $103,030,257 3 Warner Bros.
4 Finding Dory $10,900,000 -48% 3,536 -335 $3,083 $445,364,450 5 Disney
5 Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates $7,300,000 -56% 3,008 26 $2,427 $31,123,716 2 Fox
6 The Purge: Election Year $6,000,000 -52% 2,671 390 $2,246 $70,921,660 3 Universal
7 Central Intelligence $5,100,000 -36% 2,381 -460 $2,142 $117,308,303 5 Warner Bros. / New Line
8 The Infiltrator $4,700,000 1,600 $2,938 $4,700,000 1 Broad Green Pictures
9 The BFG $3,600,000 -54% 2,182 -1210 $1,650 $47,189,611 3 Disney / DreamWorks
10 Independence Day: Resurgence $3,300,000 -58% 2,290 -771 $1,441 $98,366,443 4 Fox
11 The Shallows $2,800,000 -42% 1,695 -711 $1,652 $51,195,089 4 Sony / Columbia

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Sultan $965,000 -59% 274 -9 $3,522 $5,238,990 2 Yash Raj Films
2 The Conjuring 2 $803,000 -53% 566 -486 $1,419 $101,054,661 6 Warner Bros. / New Line
3 Now You See Me 2 $705,000 -47% 523 -341 $1,348 $63,558,532 6 Lionsgate / Summit
4 The Jungle Book (2016) $480,000 90% 276 79 $1,739 $360,815,363 14 Disney
5 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows $270,000 -19% 185 -108 $1,459 $80,855,917 7 Paramount
6 X-Men: Apocalypse $260,000 -37% 250 -38 $1,040 $154,968,089 8 Fox
7 Me Before You $254,000 -39% 238 -80 $1,067 $55,344,084 7 Warner Bros. / New Line
8 Captain America: Civil War $180,000 -39% 184 -54 $978 $406,574,194 11 Disney
9 Alice Through the Looking Glass $95,000 -56% 107 -38 $888 $76,346,854 8 Disney
10 Zootopia $66,000 -49% 131 -30 $504 $341,138,546 20 Disney

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Cafe Society $320,000 5 $64,000 $320,000 1 Lionsgate / Amazon

 

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