This week’s report takes an early look at two films slated for release on July 13, plus a significant update on next week’s Solo.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Opening Weekend Range: $40 – 55 million
Social media activity for the three-quel has been very positive thus far, a strong indicator for an animated title still two months from release. The first two films of the franchise excelled with late September releases in 2012 and 2015, and the move to a mid-summer date recalls the success of multiple Ice Age sequels in years past. The primary competition for Summer Vacation will be straggling audiences from June’s The Incredibles 2, and perhaps more directly, family audiences still checking out Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Opening Weekend Range: $40 – 60 million
Dwayne Johnson’s star power is almost impossible to argue against right now after the blockbuster success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and this past April’s Rampage, just to name his most recent two. Early trailer reactions for this original action pic — which has drawn favorable comparisons to Die Hard — have been positive and indicate appeal similar to that of the star’s 2015 hit, San Andreas. Portraying a wounded veteran in this film could further help it earn appeal across middle America. The film’s main disadvantage at the box office: direct competition from fellow actioners The Equalizer 2 (July 20) and July 27’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Opening Weekend Range: $115 – 140 million (3-day) / $140 – 170 million (4-day)
As cautioned previously, early critical reactions from the film’s first screenings are a key factor in this week’s updated tracking. Although the majority of critics have given the film a positive review so far, social media buzz over the past week dipped sharply below that of Rogue One and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 during their comparable pre-release windows. This came after Solo had been far ahead of both films in prior weeks.
Deadpool 2’s imminent release and the continued success of Avengers: Infinity War are dominating conversation among both casual audiences and adult male fans, which could be contributing to the weaker footprint in tandem with reviews that, unfortunately, aren’t as broadly enthusiastic as they were for the previous three films. Forecasts remain volatile for now, but it’s possible that Solo rebounds next week when its opening and the holiday weekend are first and foremost on moviegoers’ minds.
|Release Date||Title||3-Day Wide Opening||% Chg from Last Week||Domestic Total||% Chg from Last Week||Estimated Location Count||Distributor|
|5/25/2018||Solo: A Star Wars Story||$120,000,000||-15%||$330,000,000||-15%||4,200||Disney|
|6/1/2018||Upgrade||$3,000,000||$7,500,000||1,300||OTL Releasing / BH Tilt|
|6/8/2018||Hotel Artemis||n/a||n/a||Global Road|
|6/8/2018||Ocean’s 8||$42,000,000||$145,000,000||Warner Bros.|
|6/15/2018||The Incredibles 2||$115,000,000||5%||$395,000,000||Disney / Pixar|
|6/22/2018||Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom||$130,000,000||-4%||$327,500,000||-4%||Universal|
|6/29/2018||The Hustle||n/a||n/a||Mirror Films / MGM|
|6/29/2018||Sicario: Day of the Soldado||$15,000,000||$39,000,000||Sony / Columbia|
|6/29/2018||Uncle Drew||$16,500,000||$45,000,000||Lionsgate / Summit|
|7/4/2018||The First Purge||$20,000,000||$55,000,000||Universal|
|7/6/2018||Ant-Man and the Wasp||$84,000,000||$225,000,000||Disney / Marvel|
|7/13/2018||Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation||$45,000,000||NEW||$155,000,000||NEW||Sony / Columbia|