Weekend Actuals: The Secret Life of Pets 2 Barks Up $46.6M at No. 1; Runner-Up Dark Phoenix Disappoints w/ $32.8M

Monday Update: The top two films this weekend snagged gold and silver, but with lower totals than almost anybody projected pre-release.

Universal’s animated The Secret Life of Pets 2 debuted atop the box office with a $46.6M opening, but that was relative to projections closer to $60M. It started 55.2% behind its predecessor’s opening weekend.

Fox’s superhero movie Dark Phoenix took second place with $32.8M, but opened with by far the lowest opening of any film in the X-Men franchise or spinoffs. The next-lowest opening had been 2013’s The Wolverine at $53.1M, or more than $20M higher.

Disney’s Aladdin declined -42.4% to $24.6M for the bronze position. Last weekend’s leader, Warner Bros.’ Godzilla: King of the Monsters fell a steep -67.7% to $15.4M, for fourth place.

Comparisons

Total box office this weekend was $164.3M.

That’s -5.6% below last weekend but +36.6% above this same weekend last year, when Ocean’s 8 led with $41.6M.

Year-to-date box office stands at $4.86B. That’s -5.8% behind this same date last year, up from -7.5% after last weekend.

Year-over-year box office is at its closest level to breakeven since -5.0% after the first week of January.

Most analysts are still predicting 2019’s box office to ultimately beat 2018’s, on the strength of this year’s anticipated strong upcoming slate of films, especially sequels.


Weekend Actuals (Domestic)

FRI, JUN. 7 – SUN, JUN. 9

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Secret Life of Pets 2 $46,652,680 4,561 $10,229 $47,577,680 1 Universal
2 Dark Phoenix $32,828,348 3,721 $8,822 $32,828,348 1 Fox
3 Aladdin $24,680,968 -42% 3,805 -671 $6,486 $232,566,894 3 Disney
4 Godzilla: King of the Monsters $15,450,407 -68% 4,108 0 $3,761 $78,507,504 2 Warner Bros.
5 Rocketman $13,816,016 -46% 3,610 0 $3,827 $50,314,772 2 Paramount Pictures
6 Ma (2019) $7,827,690 -57% 2,816 8 $2,780 $32,775,765 2 Universal Pictures
7 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum $7,416,698 -33% 2,776 -828 $2,672 $138,679,696 4 Lionsgate
8 Avengers: Endgame $4,870,963 -39% 2,121 -984 $2,297 $824,436,903 7 Disney
9 POKÉMON Detective Pikachu $3,188,152 -54% 2,161 -986 $1,475 $137,609,871 5 Warner Bros.
10 Booksmart $1,595,903 -52% 1,134 -1384 $1,407 $17,833,316 3 United Artists Releasing
11 Brightburn $571,438 -77% 1,013 -1594 $564 $16,397,834 3 Sony Pictures

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 A Dog’s Journey $1,295,280 16% 631 -1043 $2,053 $20,976,100 4 Universal Pictures
2 Bharat $1,236,029 311 $3,974 $1,818,680 1 Viva Pictures
3 The Hustle $485,210 -63% 416 -991 $1,166 $34,498,565 5 United Artists Releasing
4 The Biggest Little Farm $382,970 -12% 285 10 $1,344 $2,489,396 5 Neon
5 The Intruder $315,446 -61% 306 -501 $1,031 $34,951,626 6 Sony / Screen Gems
6 All Is True $226,606 150% 328 247 $691 $741,653 5 Sony Pictures Classics
7 Shazam! $174,657 -64% 205 -132 $852 $139,539,187 10 Warner Bros.
8 The Souvenir $164,685 23% 145 71 $1,136 $691,375 4 A24
9 Captain Marvel $164,473 -13% 175 13 $940 $426,438,528 14 Disney
10 The Tomorrow Man $145,790 496% 211 193 $691 $217,035 3 Bleecker Street
11 Dumbo $107,123 -82% 112 -118 $956 $113,825,305 11 Walt Disney Pictures
12 Long Shot $103,551 -69% 147 -330 $704 $30,170,007 6 Lionsgate
13 The Curse of La Llorona $102,529 -43% 120 -47 $854 $54,443,082 8 Warner Bros. / New Line
14 UglyDolls $95,223 -57% 188 -108 $507 $19,819,741 6 STX Entertainment
15 Poms $89,926 -57% 177 -197 $508 $13,487,561 5 STX Entertainment
16 Breakthrough $81,448 -45% 137 -114 $595 $40,458,283 8 20th Century Fox
17 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World $70,770 48% 106 -12 $668 $160,769,475 19 Universal / DreamWorks Animation

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Late Night $246,305 4 $61,576 $246,305 1 Amazon Studios
2 The Last Black Man in San Francisco $235,272 7 $33,610 $235,272 1 A24
3 Echo In the Canyon $202,335 91% 43 29 $4,705 $498,079 3 Greenwich Entertainment
4 Pavarotti $142,500 19 $7,500 $142,500 1 CBS Films
5 The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil $78,655 21 $3,745 $78,655 1 Well Go USA Entertainment
6 Chasing the Dragon 2: Wild Wild Bunch $60,971 16 $3,811 $60,971 1 Well Go USA
7 Non-Fiction $60,679 -20% 84 0 $722 $554,906 6 IFC Films
8 The White Crow $50,120 -60% 69 -143 $726 $1,655,430 7 Sony Pictures Classics
9 Amazing Grace $43,769 -38% 59 -41 $742 $4,306,785 10 Neon
10 The Spy Behind Home Plate $38,080 66% 19 14 $2,004 $84,061 3 The Ciesla Foundation
11 Red Joan $19,390 -59% 31 -43 $625 $1,541,274 8 IFC Films
12 Penguins $16,654 -84% 55 10 $303 $7,675,171 8 Disney / Disneynature
13 Tolkien $16,592 -62% 42 -52 $395 $4,523,962 5 Fox Searchlight
14 This One’s For The Ladies $13,688 1 $13,688 $13,688 1 Super LTD / Neon
15 Apollo 11 $13,231 -19% 10 -5 $1,323 $8,781,529 15 Neon
16 The Fall of The American Empire $13,102 -16% 14 5 $936 $2,758,040 50 Sony Pictures Classics
17 Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation $12,125 0% 11 4 $1,102 $41,944 3 PBS Distribution
18 Mayday Life 3D $11,346 -76% 8 0 $1,418 $78,966 2 China Lion Film
19 Shadow $10,784 -44% 12 -8 $899 $469,586 6 Well Go USA Entertainment
20 Long Day’s Journey Into Night $7,241 -1% 7 -5 $1,034 $420,486 9 Kino Lorber
21 Framing John Delorean $6,991 1 $6,991 $6,991 1 IFC Films
22 The Lumber Baron $6,678 -44% 6 -2 $1,113 $68,673 3 Indican Pictures
23 Walking On Water $5,918 5% 6 -2 $986 $68,247 4 Kino Lorber
24 Hail Satan? $5,693 -33% 9 -15 $633 $414,356 8 Magnolia Pictures
25 The Third Wife $5,630 -19% 8 0 $704 $43,042 4 Film Movement
26 Missing Link $4,405 -64% 27 -23 $163 $16,617,064 9 United Artists Releasing
27 Diamantino $3,863 -8% 4 1 $966 $46,944 3 Kino Lorber
28 The Church $3,660 -96% 12 -79 $305 $766,296 3 Indican Pictures
29 Hesburgh $3,572 3 $1,191 $185,371 7 mTuckman Media
30 Dogman $3,201 185% 5 2 $640 $97,270 9 Magnolia PicturesMagnolia Pictures
31 Zilla & Zoe $2,718 -32% 3 0 $906 $29,523 4 Indican Pictures
32 Woman At War $2,143 -27% 7 -1 $306 $844,072 15 Magnolia Pictures
33 Free Trip To Egypt $2,032 18% 1 0 $2,032 $4,530 2 Matson Films
34 Ramen Shop $1,941 123% 3 -2 $647 $86,060 12 Strand Releasing
35 Funan $1,871 1 $1,871 $1,871 1 GKIDS
36 Unplanned $1,650 -64% 5 -22 $330 $18,106,688 11 Pure Flix
37 Last Year at Marienbad (2019 re-issue) $1,365 -64% 1 -1 $1,365 $32,715 4 Rialto Pictures
38 Shed of the Dead $1,356 -65% 2 -1 $678 $37,580 4 Indican Pictures
39 Rafiki $1,275 -74% 5 -3 $255 $128,361 8 Film Movement
40 Babylon $1,023 2 $512 $97,808 14 Kino Lorber Films
41 Carmine Street Guitars $848 -33% 2 0 $424 $44,037 7 Abramorama
42 Sauvage / Wild $811 -74% 1 -3 $811 $60,568 9 Strand Releasing
43 Aniara $729 29% 2 0 $365 $39,955 4 Magnolia Pictures
44 Pasolini $719 -65% 2 -1 $360 $23,731 5 Kino Lorber
45 Ask Dr. Ruth $646 -84% 4 -10 $162 $280,210 6 Magnolia Pictures
46 Transit $442 -71% 1 -2 $442 $813,246 15 Music Box Films
47 Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student’s Journey $278 -61% 1 -1 $278 $101,869 9 Kino Lorber
48 Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché $244 -80% 2 -3 $122 $55,805 8 Zeitgeist Films
49 High on the Hog $207 -74% 1 0 $207 $44,951 8 Indican Pictures
50 Faith, Hope & Love $178 -84% 1 -1 $178 $209,990 13 ArtAffects Entertainment
51 Suburban Birds $140 1 $140 $8,560 10 Cinema Guild
52 The Wandering Soap Opera $123 3% 1 0 $123 $1,452 4 Cinema Guild

Sunday Update: As predicted, the Universal animated sequel The Secret Life of Pets 2 topped the weekend box office, though with an estimated $47.1 million from 4,561 locations, the Illumination release came in on the very low end of expectations. Similarly, Dark Phoenix—another major summer sequel—had a disappointing debut relative to the previous films in the X-Men franchise, while holdover Aladdin continued strong in its third weekend in theaters.

To be fair, the opening gross of the first Secret Life of Pets was a tough number to beat; indeed, that film’s $104.3 million debut was the biggest ever for an original film, either animated or live-action. Couple that with weaker reviews—Pets 2 has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 54% versus the first film’s 73%—and still-stiff competition from Disney’s Aladdin for the family audience, and it’s no wonder it fell short of the first installment’s opening number.

Then again, $47.1 million (not including $925K from Fandango previews on May 25) is less than half what the first Pets made in its opening weekend—an undeniably sharp drop. Let’s also not forget that the first film itself had to contend with a strong Disney holdover, namely Finding Dory, which brought in north of $20 million over the same weekend (its fourth in theaters). When looked at in context, comparisons with this year’s LEGO Movie 2 are difficult to get around. That film—another heavily-hyped animated sequel—also took in about half of what the first installment did when it opened back in February.

In addition to competition from Aladdin, in two weeks Pets 2 will have to contend with the sure-to-be-massive release of Toy Story 4, which has been breaking Fandango pre-sales records for animation. Luckily, the reported price tag on Pets is a frugal-for-CG-animation $80 million, not including marketing costs, which were no doubt substantial given the full-court press Universal has been giving the film leading up to release.

Coming in second this weekend was Disney’s release of Fox’s Dark Phoenix, which will stand as the second-to-last film in the latter studio’s X-Men franchise before Disney/Marvel presumably reboots it. With an estimated $33 million from 3,721 locations, the debut came in a full $20 million behind the X-Men series’ previous lowest opener The Wolverine, which opened to $53.1 million in July 2013.

Dark Phoenix had a few things going against it this weekend. For one thing, reviews were largely negative, resulting in a grim Rotten Tomatoes score of just 22%. For another, its status as the penultimate film in a franchise that will soon enough be getting a Marvel reboot likely dampened enthusiasm. It doesn’t help that the last X-Men team-up film, 2016’s X-Men Apocalypse, wasn’t exactly beloved by fans. Additionally, the film was pushed back from its original November 2018 release date for what were reported to be fairly extensive reshoots, which doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the series’ fanbase.

Third place went to Aladdin, which dipped just 42% to an estimated $24.5 million in its third weekend. The Disney live-action remake has been holding well throughout its run, handily overtaking last weekend’s champion Godzilla: King of the Monsters in mid-week business. With $232.4 million so far, the family release has officially broken the one-film losing streak in Disney’s series of live-action remakes after Dumbo, which underperformed in its release earlier this year.

In fourth, last weekend’s No. 1 film Godzilla: King of the Monsters tumbled a steep 67% in its sophomore frame to an estimated $15.5 million, mimicking the 2014 Godzilla’s second-weekend plunge of 66.8% in May 2014 (though that film debuted much higher with $93.1 million). With $78.6 million to date, King of the Monsters will no doubt fall far short its predecessor’s $200.6 million total as well as fellow Universal MonsterVerse franchise companion Kong: Skull Island’s $168 million haul two years ago.

Faring much better in its sophomore frame was the Elton John musical biopic Rocketman, which eased 45% to an estimated $14 million. While certainly no Bohemian Rhapsody—an unfair comparison anyway given Rocketman’s stricter R rating—the Paramount release is demonstrating solid legs thanks to positive word-of-mouth as well as its older target audience, which tends not to rush out to see new films the way younger moviegoers do. The critically-acclaimed film now boasts a healthy $50.5 million after ten days.

Another sophomore holdover, Universal’s Ma, dropped 56% to an estimated $7.8 million in sixth place, bringing the total for the Octavia Spencer horror release to $32.7 million after ten days. That’s a good result for the Blumhouse production, which only cost a reported $5 million.

Seventh place went to the very leggy John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, which brought in an estimated $7.4 million for a franchise-best $138.6 million total. In eighth, Avengers: Endgame grossed an estimated $4.8 million in its seventh week for a total of $824.4 million, followed by Pokémon: Detective Pikachu with $2.9 million (for a $137.4 million total) and UA’s Booksmart, which grossed an estimated $1.5 million in its third weekend for a $17.8 million total.

Limited Release:

Amazon Studios’ Late Night debuted in just four locations in New York and LA this weekend and brought in an estimated $249K, giving it an excellent per-screen average of $62K. Notably, the Mindy Kaling-Emma Thompson comedy was originally slated to debut nationwide before the studio decided to go with a platform release instead.

A24’s The Last Black Man in San Francisco opened on seven screens this weekend and brought in an estimated $230K, giving the critically-acclaimed drama an impressive $32K per-screen average. The platform release expands into top markets next weekend.

Overseas Update:

Having grossed more than $30 million overseas prior to its U.S. launch, The Secret Life of Pets 2 opened in 21 additional markets this weekend and brought in an estimated $16 million. Its overseas total now stands at $49 million while its global cume is at $97 million.

Dark Phoenix brought in over three times as much overseas this weekend as it did domestically, grossing an estimated $107 million from 53 markets, including $45.6 million in China. That made it the No. 1 film worldwide with an estimated $140 million haul.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters grossed an estimated $47.1 million in 78 international markets, bringing its overseas tally to $213.7 million and its global haul to $292.3 million.

Aladdin brought in an estimated $67.6 million internationally this weekend, bringing its overseas total to $372.5 million and its global haul to a sensational $604.9 million. It’s now surpassed the worldwide cumes of both Cinderella and Oz: The Great and Powerful, which grossed $544 million and $494 million, respectively.

Finally, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum crossed the $250 million global mark with an estimated $10.1 million overseas this weekend. Its totals now stand at $113.6 internationally and $252.2 million worldwide.


Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)

FRI, JUN. 7 – SUN, JUN. 9

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Secret Life of Pets 2 $47,110,000 4,561 $10,329 $47,110,000 1 Universal
2 Dark Phoenix $33,000,000 3,721 $8,869 $33,000,000 1 Fox
3 Aladdin $24,500,000 -43% 3,805 -671 $6,439 $232,385,926 3 Disney
4 Godzilla: King of the Monsters $15,540,000 -67% 4,108 0 $3,783 $78,597,097 2 Warner Bros.
5 Rocketman $14,000,000 -46% 3,610 0 $3,878 $50,498,756 2 Paramount Pictures
6 Ma (2019) $7,820,000 -57% 2,816 8 $2,777 $32,768,075 2 Universal Pictures
7 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum $7,400,000 -33% 2,776 -828 $2,666 $138,662,998 4 Lionsgate
8 Avengers: Endgame $4,800,000 -40% 2,121 -984 $2,263 $824,365,940 7 Disney
9 POKÉMON Detective Pikachu $2,980,000 -57% 2,161 -986 $1,379 $137,401,719 5 Warner Bros.
10 Booksmart $1,577,259 -52% 1,134 -1384 $1,391 $17,814,672 3 United Artists Releasing
11 Brightburn $560,000 -77% 1,013 -1594 $553 $16,386,396 3 Sony Pictures

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 A Dog’s Journey $1,360,000 22% 631 -1043 $2,155 $21,040,820 4 Universal Pictures
2 The Hustle $449,000 -66% 416 -991 $1,079 $34,462,355 5 United Artists Releasing
3 The Biggest Little Farm $347,000 -20% 285 10 $1,218 $2,453,426 5 Neon
4 The Intruder $315,000 -61% 306 -501 $1,029 $34,951,180 6 Sony / Screen Gems
5 All Is True $237,587 162% 328 247 $724 $752,634 5 Sony Pictures Classics
6 The Souvenir $169,500 27% 145 71 $1,169 $696,190 4 A24
7 The Tomorrow Man $144,437 490% 211 193 $685 $215,682 3 Bleecker Street
8 Dumbo $121,000 -80% 112 -118 $1,080 $113,839,182 11 Walt Disney Pictures
9 Long Shot $107,000 -68% 147 -330 $728 $30,173,456 6 Lionsgate
10 UglyDolls $100,000 -55% 188 -108 $532 $19,824,518 6 STX Entertainment
11 Poms $90,000 -57% 177 -197 $508 $13,487,635 5 STX Entertainment
12 Breakthrough $83,000 -44% 137 -114 $606 $40,459,835 8 20th Century Fox

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Late Night $249,654 4 $62,414 $249,654 1 Amazon Studios
2 The Last Black Man in San Francisco $230,744 7 $32,963 $230,744 1 A24
3 Echo In the Canyon $205,337 94% 43 29 $4,775 $501,081 3 Greenwich Entertainment
4 Pavarotti $142,500 19 $7,500 $142,500 1 CBS Films
5 Non-Fiction $71,364 -6% 83 -1 $860 $564,759 6 IFC Films
6 The White Crow $52,404 -58% 69 -143 $759 $1,657,714 7 Sony Pictures Classics
7 The Spy Behind Home Plate $38,080 66% 19 14 $2,004 $84,061 3 The Ciesla Foundation
8 Red Joan $23,621 -50% 32 -42 $738 $1,545,505 8 IFC Films
9 Penguins $22,000 -78% 55 10 $400 $7,680,517 8 Disney / Disneynature
10 Tolkien $17,000 -61% 42 -52 $405 $4,524,370 5 Fox Searchlight
11 Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation $12,125 0% 11 4 $1,102 $41,944 3 PBS Distribution
12 Mayday Life 3D $11,000 -77% 8 0 $1,375 $78,720 2 China Lion Film
13 Framing John Delorean $9,106 1 $9,106 $9,106 1 IFC Films
14 Free Trip To Egypt $1,917 12% 1 0 $1,917 $4,415 2 Matson Films
15 Unplanned $1,650 -64% 5 -22 $330 $18,106,688 11 Pure Flix

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