Box Office Wrap Up: Jurassic World-Wide.
Jurassic World 2 and Incredibles 2 pile up summer cash at home and abroad, as the box office roars to life.
Summer trends are fascinating. So far, 2018 has outpaced last year’s figures in every month except March. That trend looks to continue into July as The Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom continue to deliver strong earnings in the U.S. and world-wide. This bucks another recent trend of the big shiny blockbusters doing lackluster domestic sales while killing it abroad. Perhaps Hollywood has finally unlocked the secret of global mass appeal without sacrificing the home audience?
This Week in Box Office History.
The last decade of trend lines support our current boom: four of the top movies were Pixar, five were animated, and the other five were either a Transformers flick or Jurassic Park iteration. Movie studios seem to have discovered a formula that works for the July 4th weekend. I bet Will Smith is jealous.
The overall numbers were down 35% from last weekends big dinosaur debut, but up a few percentage points versus last year – if you subtract the long weekend from an early Independence Day holiday. Using last year’s numbers, the upcoming weekend should do well as super-hero flicks have dominated. That’s good news for Ant-Man and The Wasp.
Top Film Last Year: Despicable Me 3.
Top Film Last Decade: WALL-E.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom continued to rule the landscape in first place. It tore another 60 million dollar chunk out of theaters, wracking up 265 million in domestic cash. The real eyepopping numbers are the world-wide totals: 935 million dollars. It’s in the top 50 for total sales and I would not be surprised to see it join Black Panther and Avengers Infinity War as the 3rd title from 2018 in the top ten.
Incredibles 2 stretched out its stay in the top three with 46 million dollars in sales. The film has out-earned Finding Dory at key milestones and is set to pass Dory as the biggest Pixar hit of all time. It has also crushed the overseas markets, taking 200 million in two weeks. That may not sounds like Jurassic Park money, but Incredibles 2 hasn’t even hit most of the major foreign markets. Expect another spurt of earnings as it opens in key Asian and European markets.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado made the top three a sequel trifecta. It easily blew away the earnings of the first film, which was a bit of a sleeper. It took in 19 million, good enough to edge out fellow newcomer Uncle Drew for 3rd place. The interesting part now is to see if Sicario 2 has the long burn at the box office that its predecessor achieved.
For a film based on a Pepsi commercial, Uncle Drew crushed expectations. The basketball comedy took it to the rim for 15 million dollars and 4th place. Not bad for a bunch of young guys playing old guys playing streetball!
The major shocker this weekend was Sanju. The dramatic biopic out of India only released on 350 screens but took in an astounding 2.7 million dollars. Expect this film to get more attention following that feat.
The 10th spot continues to be reserved for documentaries as Won’t You Be My Neighbor doubled its screen count and added another 2.4 million dollars. The Mr. Rogers doc has got a strong wind behind its sails, and has plenty of room to expand nationally.