Box Office Wrap Up: Hotel Transylvania Sizzles, Skyscraper Fizzles.
Hotel Transylvania 3 got its summer vacation off to a great start while the Rock had to rough it.
Following the trend-lines, HT3 was expected to do well this weekend and didn’t disappoint. The same trend-lines predicted a solid debut for the latest action flick from Dwayne Johnson, but Skyscraper didn’t bring the fire to go along with all the smoke. While not a complete disaster, the disaster flick underperformed expectations and the Rock’s normally bullet-proof reputation.
This Week In Box Office History.
The upside to HT3 pretty canceled the downside of Skyscraper, leading to a box office that was just 1% up from last year. The same could be said all the way down: Ant-Man and the Wasp had the largest second week drop of any Marvel feature with 61%, but indie darling Sorry to Bother You had a phenomenal expansion of nearly 500%! Overall, the yearly margins were flat and the box finished 10% down from last week.
Top Film Last Year: War for the Planet of the Apes.
Top Film Last Decade: Hellboy II.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation staked out the top position with 44 million dollars. That was better than the first film and just shy of the second film’s debut. Despite having to fend off Incredibles 2, the franchise seems to have cemented itself as a proven winner.
Second place fell to Ant-Man and the Wasp…which itself fell quite a bit for a Marvel product. It’s rare when a superhero flick from Disney fails to capture the top spot in its second week. Overall the sequel netted 29 million dollars, bringing the US total to 133 million.
The Rock had to settle for third place as Skyscraper brought in 24 million in sales. This is well below spring’s debut for Rampage, and also below the comparable San Andreas. Sharing a star and genre, San Andreas managed to pull down nearly 30 million back in 2014. The Rock has had a few missteps before, as anyone whose seen Doom can attest.
The big news this weekend was a bonanza for indie films. Sorry to Bother You expanded nationally and continued to reap big totals. It wound up in seventh place playing at just 800 locations.
A slew of other indies just missed the top ten. Won’t You Be My Neighbor tied on its sneakers for 11th place, while Three Identical Strangers and Leave No Trace pulled down 13th and 14th place with a million dollars apiece. Next week many of the indies expand nationally and will face less formidable wide release challengers in the Mama Mia and Equalizer sequels.