While the Memorial Day long weekend continues in the U.S., the three day weekend estimates have come in, and they’re just not very good for any of the big debuts. Here’s what went down:
As predicted, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales debut at number on at the box office, but with only $63 million over three days. Those are just horrible numbers for what’s considered a tentpole franchise. While audiences who are actually going to the movie have been giving it good word of mouth, the critics absolutely savaged this fifth in the series, and it currently sits at an abysmal 32% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes. The debut for Dead Men Tell No Tales is the worst for the series, which will have to rely on making bank overseas for this to be considered a success.
Things are even worse for Baywatch, which had to settle for a third place debut with just $17 million. It’s surprising that the film couldn’t get people into theatres, even with the combination of Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Reviews were off the chart terrible, and the film’s marketing failed to find a crossover audience. This will be one of the biggest bombs of The Rock’s career, but I have a feeling he’ll be ok.
It’s the Memorial Day long weekend in the U.S., which should mean big box office for some of the new releases that are hitting theatres. Will any of them take down last week’s number one film? Here’s our prediction:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth installment in the seemingly venerable Disney franchise. But all isn’t necessarily well in the Pirates world. It’s been a long time since Johnny Depp has had a real hit, and with his appearances in courts and gossip columns thanks to his failed marriage and legal battles with management, his box office clout isn’t what it once was. While this new Pirates film will top the box office this weekend, it will be a far cry from the franchise’s peak in 2006, when Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man’s Chest debut in with $135 million. Look for Dead Men Tell No Tales to open with $70 million.
Coming off his fifth time hosting Saturday Night Live, Dwayne Johnson will have to settle for second place at the box office this weekend with his Baywatch remake. The R-rated comedy co-stars Zac Efron and, even though its reviews have been weak, the combination of The Rock and Efron should be enough to bring in significant dollars. Look for a second place debut for Baywatch with $40 million.
It was another Fast and Furious weekend at the box office, as the latest from Vin Diesel and his family drove over the competition. Here’s what went down:
The Fate of the Furious remained in the top spot for the second weekend in a row, bringing in an estimated $38 million, raising its total to $163 million. Though this is not a bad number at all, the film did drop a huge 63%, which means that this instalment in the franchise will likely not have serious legs. Not that that is really anything to worry about, consider The Fate of the Furious still managed to score the biggest global opening weekend of all time when it debuted. Nobody is crying here, that’s for sure.
It’s been a successful, but not HUGELY successful weekend for this week’s big new release. Here’s what went down:
Though we were optimistic and thought The Fate of the Furious would only drop slightly from the massive opening Furious 7 delivered a few years back, the latest instalment was definitely off from F7‘s $147 million. While The Fate of the Furious debuted in number one, as expected, it was with an estimated $100.1 million. To be fair, this is still a great number, and the film is tracking to also perform incredibly well overseas. It just appears that this time out, the family couldn’t quite capture the zeitgeist in North America the way it had a few years back.
This weekend, it’s a Furious world, and we’re just living in it. What will be the fate for the eighth instalment in a venerable franchise? Here’s our prediction:
Against all odds and expectations, the Furious franchise continues to bring in incredible numbers with each new movie. Last time, 2015’s Fast and the Furious 7 arrived with $147 million for it’s opening weekend. That’s a huge haul, and one that The Fate of the Furious might have a hard time reaching. However, even if it does come in under that number just a bit, we should be looking at an incredible debut weekend. Look for a first place showing for The Fate of the Furious with $135 million.
It was a record-breaking weekend at the box office, as the latest Disney-Pixar extravaganza took the top spot. Here’s what went down:
Finding Dory, the sequel to the classic 2003 film Finding Nemo, was the clear pick for audience across North America this weekend, as it debut in first place with an estimated $134.9 million. That’s the largest opening for an animated film in history, trumping Shrek The Third’s $121 million back in 2007. Finding Dory could wind up being the biggest movie the summer, and will give Disney yet another massive hit on their hands. Read the rest of this entry
There’s definitely something fishy going on at the box office this weekend, and it’s looking to have a huge opening. How much will this new release find? Here’s our prediction:
Finding Dory is the long-awaited sequel to Pixar’s 2003 massive hit Finding Nemo, which grossed $930 million worldwide some 13 years ago. This second instalment has been generating great reviews, and awareness is huge with families. This is going to be one of the biggest movies of the summes and it should have a huge debut to along with it. Look for a first place arrival for Finding Dory with $136 million.
Can you smell what The Rock is cookin’? If all goes according to Dwayne Johnson’s plan, you will be this weekend, as his latest big budget film enters the summer race. How will it do? Here’s our prediction:
San Andreas is The Rock’s answer to blockbuster disaster flicks like The Day After Tomorrow, Deep Impact and 2012. I don’t know about you, but those movies both engross me and freak me out. We all know the world is going to hell in a bucket, but at least I’m enjoying the ride when I see it on the big screen. That’s what I’m expecting out of this film – the horror of a world destroying itself, with innocent people helping one another out along the way. It’s a good formula, though not necessarily the stuff of a good movie. Reviews are 52% rotten over at Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences looking for spectacle are likely going to be satisfied. Look for a first place showing for San Andreas with $48 million.
Lucy debut at the top of the box office with an outstanding $46 million. The unique concept combined with Johansson’s post-Marvel star power helped bring this sci-fi action flick to a wide audience. While it certainly won’t hold onto the top spot come next weekend, Lucy certainly has achieved worthwhile bragging rights for the moment.
The other new movie to debut in the top five, Hercules simply did ok, bringing in $30 million to place second. I can’t say I’m surprised – as mentioned on Friday, mythological flicks don’t tend to perform particularly well at the box office. Even the power of The Rock couldn’t raise this movie to blockbuster heights.
As for the rest of the top five, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hit third place with $16.5 million, The Purge: Anarchy was in fourth place with $10 million, Planes: Fire and Rescue closed things out in fifth with $9.5 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) Hercules – $35 million
2) Lucy – $32 million
3) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $20 million
4) Planes: Fire and Rescue – $12 million
5) The Purge: Anarchy – $10 million
And here’s how the weekend turned out:
1) Lucy – $46 million
2) Hercules – $30 million
3) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $16.5 million
4) The Purge: Anarchy – $10 million
5) Planes: Fire and Rescue – $9.5 million
Next weekend sees the release of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Check back on Friday to see our predictions!