The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.
Weekend Estimates Update:
In a surprise turn of events, Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II is currently estimated to take first place at the box office this weekend after the disappointing start of Warner’s In the Heights. While the two films are close enough to one another that the final order could still change come tomorrow with actuals, A Quiet Place Part II currently has an edge of $245,000 with an estimated $11.65 million for its third frame. After experiencing a sharper than expected second weekend decline last weekend, A Quiet Place Part II made up for that and then some this weekend by declining a very solid 39.5 percent. In the process, A Quiet Place Part II passed the $100 million domestic mark this weekend, which makes A Quiet Place Part II the first film to surpass the $100 million domestic mark since the re-opening of theatres (ultimately reaching the milestone before Godzilla vs. Kong could). The 17-day total for A Quiet Place Part II stands at an impressive $108.99 million. A Quiet Place Part II is also likely to hold up very well next weekend, especially with only one new wide release entering the marketplace; Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (which opens this coming Wednesday) and additional aid from the Father’s Day holiday next Sunday. Internationally, A Quiet Place Part II grossed an estimated $16.0 million this weekend from 37 markets. That brings the film’s international total to $75.8 million and current global haul to $184.8 million.
Warner’s In the Heights debuted in a close second place this weekend with an estimated $11.41 million. The Jon M. Chu directed theatrical adaptation of the stage musical written by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda had been widely expected to easily take first place this weekend, due in part to the immense popularity of Miranda’s Hamilton. While in hindsight pre-release expectations for In the Heights no doubt got out of hand, it should also be reminded that the film had a number of advantages this weekend, including exceptional critical reviews, what was essentially a four-day start rolled into three days (with Thursday preview shows beginning at 2PM), a very wide launch in 3,456 locations (with the film averaging multiple screens this weekend at those locations) and also playing on IMAX screens this weekend (IMAX screens were responsible for an estimated $1.0 million of this weekend’s overall gross). More than anything, it seems like the portion of Miranda’s Hamilton fanbase not already familiar with the stage version of In the Heights ultimately didn’t show up to see the theatrical version of In the Heights this weekend. Opening the film day-and-date theatrically and via streaming on HBO Max also looks to have hurt In the Heights at the box office more than previous day-and-date releases from Warner Bros. (with the exception of Those Who Wish Me Dead) and while different genres, audience overlap between In the Heights and horror films A Quiet Place Part II and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It likely also hurt In the Heights this weekend (especially since A Quiet Place Part II and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It both held up better than expected this weekend). On a positive note, In the Heights looks to be going over very well with initial audiences, as the film received a strong A rating on CinemaScore. The film’s strong word of mouth, mixed in with what will likely be at least some natural back-loading and only one new wide release entering the marketplace should help In the Heights hold up well next weekend. However, the strength of the film’s long-term holding power will remain to be seen, especially with this weekend’s modest per-showtime average for the film in mind and high-profile summer releases such as Universal’s F9, Universal’s The Boss Baby: Family Business and Disney’s Black Widow now just around the corner.
Not far behind, Sony’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway debuted in third place this weekend with an estimated $10.40 million. The Will Gluck directed sequel featuring Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson and the voice of James Corden opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations. While Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway didn’t come close to the $25.01 million pre-pandemic debut of its predecessor, 2018’s Peter Rabbit, Peter Rabbit 2 hadn’t been expected to reach those same heights heading into the weekend. One factor that limited the opening weekend potential for Peter Rabbit 2 this weekend, is that the film received a fairly average amount of showtimes per location by current standards (with that in mind, Peter Rabbit 2 actually had a better per-showtime average than In the Heights this weekend). With regard to PG-rated family films (i.e. not counting the PG-13 rated Cruella); Peter Rabbit 2 actually delivered the second largest opening weekend for a family film since the re-opening of domestic theatres (behind only Tom & Jerry). Ultimately the success of Peter Rabbit 2 will depend much more on its holding power going forward, as the film will obviously hope to duplicate the holding power of family films such as The War with Grandpa, The Croods: A New Age and Raya and the Last Dragon as opposed to holding power closer to that of films such as Tom & Jerry and the recent Spirit Untamed. Peter Rabbit 2 will be helped out by no new family films entering the theatrical marketplace each of the next two weekends, though next weekend will see Disney and Pixar’s anticipated Luca debut via streaming on Disney+ this coming Friday (June 18) for all subscribers. Internationally, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway added an estimated $10.7 million this weekend from 21 markets, including a debut of $7.8 million in China (it should also be noted that the film is expected to hit $11.1 million in China by the end of Monday). Respective totals through Sunday for Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway stand at $57.9 million internationally (including $19.6 million from the United Kingdom) and at $68.3 million globally.
Warner Bros. and New Line’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It also finished in the same neighborhood this weekend with an estimated fourth place take of $10.02 million (only $1.63 million currently separates fourth place from first place this weekend). While The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It was down a sharp 58 percent from last weekend, relatively speaking that was a very solid hold when considering that more recent films from The Conjuring Universe and most day-and-date HBO Max releases from Warner Bros. have both experienced very sharp second weekend percentage declines in general. And as is the case with A Quiet Place Part II, this weekend’s stronger than expected hold for The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is made even more impressive when considering the new indirect competition from In the Heights (which The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It lost its IMAX screens to this weekend). The ten-day domestic start for The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It stands at $43.77 million. Impressively, that is just ahead of the pre-pandemic $43.61 million ten-day start of 2019’s Annabelle Comes Home (which opened on a Wednesday and had a twelve-day start of $49.84 million through its second Sunday). The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It continued to impress internationally this weekend with an estimated $23.4 million. This weekend saw The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It debut with $5.0 million in France and take in $3.0 million in its second frame in Mexico (where the film has grossed $11.9 million through Sunday). Respective totals through Sunday for The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It stand at $68.0 million internationally and $111.8 million globally.
Disney’s Cruella rounded out the weekend’s top five with an estimated $6.70 million. That represented a solid 39 percent decline from last weekend. Cruella had been holding up extremely well during the midweek, but understandably lost some momentum over the weekend due to new competition from both In the Heights and Peter Rabbit 2 and from playing in 615 fewer locations this weekend than last weekend as a result of that new competition. Cruella passed the $50 million domestic mark this weekend and has grossed $55.96 million through 17 days. That already makes Cruella the fifth highest grossing film since the re-opening of domestic theatres (behind only A Quiet Place Part II, Godzilla vs. Kong, The Croods: A New Age and Tenet). Before long Cruella will overtake both The Croods: A New Age and Tenet to become the third highest grossing film domestically since re-opening (on a related note, this weekend saw The Croods: A New Age inch past the last reported total gross for Tenet). Cruella remained healthy internationally this weekend with an estimated $17.6 million from 39 markets. After opening in China the previous Sunday, Cruella grossed $4.5 million in its first full weekend China and has grossed $10.7 million in the market to date. Through Sunday, respective totals for Cruella stand at $73.3 million internationally and $129.3 million globally.
After a modest start last weekend, Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s Spirit Untamed had a rough second weekend by falling a sharp 59 percent to land in sixth place with an estimated $2.50 million. Despite strong word of mouth among its target audience, Spirit Untamed just doesn’t seem to be gaining any traction beyond pre-existing fans of the Spirit Riding Free animated series on Netflix (which the film is based off of). The added presence of Peter Rabbit 2 in the marketplace also no doubt took an added toll on Spirit Untamed this weekend. The ten-day total for Spirit Untamed stands at $10.90 million. Universal and DreamWorks Animation will look to have much brighter prospects before long, when The Boss Baby: Family Business debuts day-and-date theatrically and via streaming on Peacock (to all subscribers) on July 2. Internationally, Spirit Untamed grossed an estimated $2.06 million this weekend from 11 markets, including debuts of $0.96 million in Australia and $0.36 million in Mexico. Respective total grosses through Sunday for Spirit Untamed stand at $3.6 million internationally and $14.5 million globally.
In moderate release, Hidden Empire Film Group’s The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2 was off to a nice start with an estimated $1.06 million from just 420 locations. That gave the Deon Taylor directed sequel to 2016’s Meet the Blacks a per-location average of $2,533 for the frame, which was very solid, especially since Meet the Blacks 2 looked to only be playing on one screen at many locations this weekend. Meet the Blacks 2 stars Mike Epps and Katt Williams. It should also be noted that Hidden Empire Film Group is a new independent distributor that was co-founded by Deon Taylor and Roxanne Avent Taylor. After this weekend’s performance, The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2 will expand to additional locations next weekend.
Internationally, Universal’s F9 grossed an estimated $5.99 million in its fourth frame from 8 select markets. That brings the film’s international total through Sunday to $268.9 million. F9 grossed $3.6 million in China this weekend, where the film has totaled $212.2 million to date. F9 will next open in Australia on June 17 and in Brazil on June 24, before opening domestically and in Mexico and the United Kingdom on June 25.