The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.
Weekend Estimates Update:
With the softer than anticipated start of Disney’s Lightyear, Universal’s Jurassic World Dominion unexpectedly led the domestic box office for a second consecutive frame this weekend. Jurassic World Dominion took in an estimated $58.66 million, which represented a sharp, but reasonable 59.6 percent decline from last weekend’s debut. Jurassic World Dominion registered the fifth largest second weekend gross since the re-opening of domestic theatres. The second weekend hold of Jurassic World Dominion was very similar to the second weekend hold of 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which decreased 58.8 percent to gross $60.91 million. Through Sunday, the ten-day total for Jurassic World Dominion stands at $249.80 million. That is just 6 percent behind the $265.70 million ten-day take of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Like Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom before it, Jurassic World Dominion also looks to be going over significantly better with audiences than it has with critics (both films received healthy A- CinemaScore ratings). Jurassic World Dominion (and the marketplace in general) was helped out this weekend by the dual Father’s Day and Juneteenth holidays on Sunday. With the public observing of Juneteenth on Monday, Jurassic World Dominion is currently estimated to gross $68.06 million over the four-day weekend frame.
This weekend also saw Jurassic World Dominion surpass the $600 million global mark. Internationally, the film grossed an estimated $76.1 million this weekend from 72 international markets. That brings the international total for Jurassic World Dominion to $372.4 million and the film’s global haul through Sunday to $622.2 million. Jurassic World Dominion held up relatively well in China this weekend, as the film decreased 55 percent to take in $24.0 million; bringing the film’s total in China to $92.8 million. Additional estimated international totals for Jurassic World Dominion through Sunday by market include $36.1 million in Mexico, $26.2 million in the United Kingdom, $22.8 million in South Korea, $15.4 million in Australia, $14.6 million in France, $12.6 million in Germany, $11.9 million in Brazil, $10.0 million in Spain, $9.4 million in India, $7.8 million in Malaysia, $7.6 million in Argentina, $7.6 million in Indonesia, $7.1 million in Taiwan, $6.7 million in Italy and $6.2 million in Thailand. Globally, Jurassic World Dominion grossed an estimated $8.8 million this weekend from IMAX screens ($4.6 million domestically and $4.2 million internationally). To date, Jurassic World Dominion has grossed $41.5 million from global IMAX screens ($20.5 million domestically and $20.9 million internationally).
Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear debuted in second place this weekend with an estimated $51.00 million. The expensive computer animated Buzz Lightyear origin story was off to a lackluster start, as consensus expectations for the film had ranged from $70 million to $85 million heading into the weekend. While there are a number of factors that arguably played into the film’s under-performance this weekend (i.e. limited interest in a human Buzz Lightyear spin-off to begin with, the theatrical reputation of the Pixar brand having seemingly been weakened by the previous three Pixar films debuting on Disney+, changes in family moviegoing habits in general after COVID-19 and a portion of more conservative moviegoers passing on the film), at the end of the day there is no denying that a large portion of the Toy Story family audience stayed away from Lightyear this weekend. Family audiences made up an estimated 38 percent of the overall audience for Lightyear this weekend, in comparison to 66 percent for 2019’s Toy Story 4 (and that was from an opening weekend performance of $120.9 million in comparison to $51.0 million). In turn, Lightyear did hold onto a much higher percentage of the non-family opening weekend audience of Toy Story 4. On a positive note, Lightyear still delivered the second largest opening weekend for an animated film of any kind since re-opening (behind only the $72.11 million start of this year’s computer animated / live action hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog 2) and the largest opening weekend for a fully animated film since re-opening (ahead of the $27.21 million three-day opening weekend of last year’s Encanto).
Lightyear started out with $20.70 million on Friday (including an estimated $5.2 million from Wednesday and Thursday preview shows), declined 21 percent on Saturday to take in $16.30 million and is estimated to decrease 14 percent on Sunday to gross $14.00 million. The audience breakdown for Lightyear skewed 52 percent male, 48 percent female, 54 percent over 25 and 46 percent under 25. While critical reviews for Lightyear have been good on the average, they haven’t been as strong as usual for a Pixar film. The audience reaction to Lightyear may be similar, as the film’s healthy A- CinemaScore rating is also lower than usual by Pixar’s lofty audience standards. Lightyear grossed an estimated $1.1 million from limited domestic IMAX screenings this weekend and another $0.6 million from limited international IMAX screenings, for a global IMAX gross of $1.7 million this weekend. It will be very important for Lightyear to hold up well next weekend, especially with Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Gru set to enter the marketplace the following week on July 1.
Internationally, Lightyear was even more lackluster this weekend with an estimated $34.6 million from 43 international markets. That places the film’s global launch at $85.6 million through Sunday. Estimated international debuts for Lightyear by market this weekend include $8.1 million in Mexico, $4.0 million in the United Kingdom, $2.6 million in Argentina, $2.5 million in Brazil, $2.1 million in Australia and $1.8 million in South Korea. This coming week Lightyear will open in France, before opening in Japan the following week on July 1.
While it placed in third for the frame, this weekend’s most impressive performer relatively speaking is Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick, as the Tom Cruise led blockbuster sequel declined a slim 15 percent to gross an estimated $44.00 million. Top Gun: Maverick outpaced its already high expectations heading into the weekend and in the process registered the second largest fourth weekend gross of all-time (behind only the $50.3 million grossed by 2009’s Avatar in its fourth weekend back in January of 2010). Making this weekend’s hold even more impressive is that Top Gun: Maverick lost a significant amount of its average showtimes per location from last weekend as a result of Lightyear entering the marketplace. Top Gun: Maverick is expected to hold up extremely well on Father’s Day Sunday (the film is estimated to increase 10.5 percent from Saturday to take in $17.30 million for the day). Top Gun: Maverick continues to pad its status as the highest grossing release of 2022 thus far domestically, with $466.17 million through 24 days of release. That already gives Top Gun: Maverick a very impressive current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.68 to 1. And in all likelihood, Top Gun: Maverick will continue to hold up very well each of the next two weekends, as we approach closer to the Independence Day holiday.
Internationally, Top Gun: Maverick grossed an estimated $39.7 million this weekend from 64 international markets. Respective totals for the film stand at $419.0 million internationally and a massive $885.2 million globally, as the film will soon zoom past the $900 million global mark to start closing in on the $1 billion global milestone. Estimated international totals for Top Gun: Maverick through Sunday by market include $71.5 million in the United Kingdom, $42.8 million in Japan, $40.1 million in Australia, $34.5 million in France, $20.9 million in Germany and $16.3 million in Brazil, $13.7 million in Taiwan and $11.5 million in Mexico. With an additional estimated $2.1 million from select international IMAX screens this weekend (including $1.2 million in Japan), Top Gun: Maverick has grossed $79.0 million to date from global IMAX screens. This coming week Top Gun: Maverick will receive an additional boost from opening in South Korea.
Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness also held up very nicely this weekend by declining just 19.5 percent to claim fourth place with an estimated $4.20 million. While Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was initially very front-loaded out of the gate, the blockbuster superhero sequel has been holding up better the past few weeks. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness passed the $400 million domestic mark back on Wednesday and has now grossed $405.08 million domestically though 45 days of release. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will become available via streaming on Disney+ this coming Wednesday (June 22). Internationally, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness grossed an estimated $2.5 million this weekend from 51 international markets. That brings the film’s international total to $537.4 million and current global haul to $942.5 million.
Three-day weekend estimates for some of this weekend’s other holdovers include a $1.10 million fifth place take for Disney and 20th Century’s The Bob’s Burgers Movie, a $0.98 million sixth place haul for Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys, a $0.96 million seventh place gross for A24’s Everything Everywhere All At Once and a $0.83 million eighth place take for Focus’ Downton Abbey: A New Era. Respective total grosses through Sunday stand at $94.24 million for The Bad Guys through 59 days, at $64.92 million for Everything Everywhere All At Once through 87 days, at $42.20 million for Downton Abbey: A New Era through 31 days and at $29.76 million for The Bob’s Burgers Movie through 24 days. Next weekend all four films will have to make way for the release of Warner’s Elvis and Universal’s The Black Phone.