Saturday Update: Sausage Party came away with an excellent opening day of $13.5 million on Friday, claiming first place in the process. With strong reviews and early word of mouth, the R-rated animated comedy from Seth Rogen and team should hold up relatively well over the weekend and beyond. Boxoffice is projecting a $33 million opening weekend.
Meanwhile, Suicide Squad came in second place on Friday with $13.35 million — down a whopping 79.4 percent from opening day last week. Still, it should retain first place over the three-day frame with a projected $44 million. Its domestic tally through eight days stands at $192.45 million.
Pete’s Dragon is proving to be a rare miss for Disney with its modest $6.955 million in its first day. Its advantage, however, may lie within strong reviews and initial word of mouth that could propel it throughout August and into the early fall season with family audiences and a lack of major competition. A $19.5 million weekend looks likely.
Lastly, Florence Foster Jenkins bowed to $2.08 million yesterday. Counter-programming toward older audiences, the Meryl Streep vehicle should ring up around $6.1 million this weekend as healthy reviews hope to propel it in the weeks ahead as well.
Our initial weekend projections are below. Official studio estimates will be published Sunday morning.
|1||Suicide Squad||$44,000,000||-67%||4,255||0||$10,341||$223,104,728||2||Warner Bros.|
|2||Sausage Party||$33,000,000||—||3,103||—||$10,635||$33,000,000||1||Sony / Columbia|
|3||Pete’s Dragon (2016)||$19,500,000||—||3,702||—||$5,267||$19,500,000||1||Disney|
|5||Bad Moms||$11,200,000||-20%||3,188||-27||$3,513||$34,364,463||3||STX Entertainment|
|6||The Secret Life of Pets||$8,700,000||-24%||2,958||-459||$2,941||$335,802,075||6||Universal|
|7||Star Trek Beyond||$7,000,000||-30%||2,577||-686||$2,716||$139,879,949||4||Paramount|
|8||Florence Foster Jenkins||$6,100,000||—||1,528||—||$3,992||$6,100,000||1||Paramount|
|9||Nine Lives (2016)||$3,300,000||-47%||2,264||0||$1,458||$13,350,825||2||EuropaCorp Films|
|10||Lights Out||$3,000,000||-50%||1,652||-929||$1,816||$60,914,818||4||Warner Bros. / New Line|
|12||Ghostbusters (2016)||$2,200,000||-53%||1,437||-1108||$1,531||$121,609,002||5||Sony / Columbia|
|13||Ice Age: Collision Course||$2,000,000||-54%||1,548||-1190||$1,292||$58,673,271||4||Fox|
|2||Cafe Society||$1,000,000||-38%||455||-176||$2,198||$8,543,186||5||Lionsgate / Amazon|
|3||Hillary’s America – The Secret History of the Democratic Party||$310,000||-67%||327||-345||$948||$12,000,471||5||D’Souza EntertainmentQuality Flix|
|4||The BFG||$288,000||-3%||193||-41||$1,492||$53,318,538||7||Disney / DreamWorks|
|5||Captain America: Civil War||$192,000||-7%||162||-12||$1,185||$407,520,783||15||Disney|
|6||The Jungle Book (2016)||$191,000||-12%||186||-14||$1,027||$362,991,566||18||Disney|
|7||Independence Day: Resurgence||$147,000||-21%||156||-9||$942||$102,553,957||8||Fox|
|8||Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates||$101,000||-64%||139||-158||$727||$45,373,453||6||Fox|
|1||Hell or High Water||$650,000||—||32||—||$20,313||$650,000||1||CBS Films / Lionsgate|
|2||Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie||$125,000||-62%||91||-135||$1,374||$4,462,686||4||Fox Searchlight|
Friday Report: Sony reports this morning that Sausage Party earned an excellent $3.25 million from Thursday night’s opening shows in 2,632 locations. That bests the $2.2 million Tuesday night launch of This Is the End in June 2013, as well as Neighbors 2‘s $1.67 million Thursday night start this past May. It also handily exceeds the $890,000 of A Million Ways to Die in the West back in May 2014. There’s an argument that the considerable fan base of Seth Rogen and co. could cause the well-reviewed, R-rated animated film to be somewhat front-loaded, but we’ll see as the weekend progresses. Boxoffice remains confident in a strong weekend for now.
Meanwhile, Florence Foster Jenkins bagged $190,000 from 1,158 locations last night. That’s in line with the $200,000 of last August’s Ricki and the Flash, although notably behind the $310,000 of August 2014’s The Hundred-foot Journey.
Disney’s Pete’s Dragon did not screen last night, while Suicide Squad remains an early favorite to win its second weekend in release.
We’ll have initial weekend projections based on official Friday estimates from the studios Saturday morning.
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