The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.
Weekend Estimates Update:
As had been expected, it has turned out to be a very close race for first place at the box office between new release Elvis and Top Gun: Maverick (in its fifth weekend). With both films currently estimated at $30.50 million for the weekend, we won’t know this weekend top film until actuals are released on Monday.
With an estimated start of $30.50 million, Warner’s Elvis performed towards the lower end of pre-release expectations. The Elvis Presley music biopic was directed by Baz Luhrmann and stars Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. Elvis opened a noteworthy 19 percent higher than the $25.73 million start of 2019 Elton John music biopic Rocketman. Unsurprisingly, Elvis skewed heavily towards older moviegoers, as 77 percent of the film’s audience was over 25 (with 60 percent of the film’s audience being over 35 and 43 percent of the film’s audience being over 50). The audience breakdown for Elvis also skewed 23 percent towards moviegoers under 25, 61 percent towards females and 39 percent towards males. Elvis has gone over well with critics and also looks to be going over with well audiences, as the film received a healthy A- rating on CinemaScore. Although Elvis wasn’t playing on domestic IMAX screens this weekend, other PLF screens (including Dolby Cinema) were responsible for an estimated 20 percent of this weekend’s overall domestic gross. Given the film’s reception and older skewing audience, Elvis will have a good chance of holding up well throughout the month of July.
Elvis started out with $12.70 million on Friday (which included an estimated $3.50 million from Tuesday and Thursday preview shows), declined 22 percent on Saturday to gross $10.00 million and is estimated to decrease 23 percent on Sunday to take in $7.70 million. With regard to the race for first place this weekend, in comparison Top Gun: Maverick grossed $8.30 million on Friday, increased 45 percent on Saturday to take in $12.00 million and is estimated to decline 15 percent on Sunday for $10.20 million.
Internationally, Elvis started out with an estimated $20.0 million from 51 international markets. That places the global launch for Elvis at $50.5 million. International debuts for Elvis this weekend by market included $4.7 million in Australia, $4.7 million in the United Kingdom, $2.0 million in France, $1.0 million in Germany, $0.92 million in Italy, $0.80 million in the Netherlands and $0.77 million in Spain. This coming Friday (July 1) Elvis will open in Japan, before debuting two weeks later in South Korea on Thursday, July 13 and throughout Latin America on Friday, June 14.
With an estimated $30.50 million weekend take, Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick was down just 32 percent from last weekend. While Top Gun: Maverick lost some relative momentum this weekend following last weekend’s frame being inflated by the dual Father’s Day and Juneteenth Sunday holidays, the film still easily had the weekend’s best percentage hold among major holdovers. The fifth weekend gross of Top Gun: Maverick also came in just ahead of the $30.01 million fifth weekend gross of 1997’s Titanic to represent the second largest fifth weekend gross of all-time (behind only the $42.79 million fifth weekend gross of 2009’s Avatar). This weekend saw Top Gun: Maverick zoom past the $500 million domestic mark and with a 31-day total of $521.72 million, the current total gross to opening weekend ratio for Top Gun: Maverick has risen to an impressive 4.12 to 1.
In addition to reaching the $500 million domestic mark, this weekend also saw the Tom Cruise led Top Gun: Maverick surpass the $1 billion global mark. The film grossed an estimated $44.5 million internationally this weekend from 65 international markets. That brings the film’s international total to $484.7 million and current global haul to $1.006 billion. This weekend’s international performance was driven by the film’s $12.9 million debut in South Korea. Additional estimated international totals for Top Gun: Maverick through Sunday by market include $78.7 million in the United Kingdom, $51.1 million in Japan, $45.5 million in Australia, $38.8 million in France and $23.4 million in Germany. Top Gun: Maverick grossed an estimated $5.0 million from global IMAX screens this weekend; $1.6 million domestically and $3.4 million internationally (including $1.3 million from South Korea). To date, Top Gun: Maverick has grossed $48.7 million from domestic IMAX screens and $37.0 million from international IMAX screens for a global IMAX total of $85.6 million.
After leading the box office for the previous two weekends, Universal’s Jurassic World Dominion was down two spots and a sizable 55 percent to place in third this weekend with an estimated $26.44 million. In comparison, 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom declined 53 percent in its third weekend to gross $28.63 million. Jurassic World Dominion surpassed the $300 million domestic mark this weekend; making it the fifth film since re-opening to reach the milestone. With a 17-day total of $302.78 million, Jurassic World Dominion is running a reasonable 9 percent behind the $333.39 million 17-day total of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
This weekend also saw Jurassic World Dominion surpass the $700 million global mark. The film grossed an estimated $43.0 million internationally this weekend from 72 international markets. Respective totals for Jurassic World Dominion stand at $443.9 million internationally and at $746.7 million globally. Jurassic World Dominion continued to hold up relatively well in China this weekend, by declining 46 percent to gross $12.5 million; bringing the film’s total in China to $114.3 million. Additional estimated international totals for Jurassic World Dominion through Sunday by market include $39.7 million in Mexico, $33.4 million in the United Kingdom, $19.1 million in France, $18.5 million in Australia, $15.7 million in Germany, $13.1 million in Brazil and $12.9 million in Spain. Jurassic World Dominion grossed an estimated $3.8 million from global IMAX screens this weekend; $1.8 million domestically and $1.9 million internationally. To date, Jurassic World Dominion has grossed $49.0 million from global IMAX screens.
Fellow Universal release The Black Phone debuted in fourth place with an estimated $23.37 million. The R-rated horror film from Blumhouse was directed by Scott Derrickson and stars Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw. The Black Phone opened on the very high end of expectations and 6 percent higher than the $22.00 million start of fellow Universal horror film Candyman last August. The Black Phone also performed very nicely with both its modest production budget and rather average amount of average showtimes per location this weekend (for a new wide release) in mind. The audience breakdown for The Black Phone skewed 51 percent female, 49 percent male, 51 percent under 25 (with a significant 39 percent of the film’s audience being in 18 – 24) and 49 percent over 25. The Black Phone also appealed strongly to Hispanic American audiences (33 percent of the film’s overall audience) and African American audiences (19 percent of the film’s overall audience). The Black Phone likely got a bit of boost this weekend from being the first mainstream higher-profile horror film to enter the marketplace since Scream back in January. Critical reviews for The Black Phone have been strong and the film also looks to be going over well with audiences after receiving a B+ rating on CinemaScore, which is very solid for a horror film. The Black Phone started out with $10.24 million on Friday (including an estimated $3.0 million from Thursday previews and earlier select previews), declined 27 percent on Saturday to gross $7.50 million and is estimated to decrease 25 percent on Sunday to take in $5.63 million.
Internationally, The Black Phone started out with an estimated $12.5 million this weekend from 45 international markets. That places the film’s global start at $35.8 million. International debuts for The Black Phone this weekend by market included a strong $3.42 million in Mexico, $1.69 million in the United Kingdom, $0.81 million in France, $0.75 million in Saudi Arabia and $0.63 million in Spain. The Black Phone will open in Japan this coming Friday.
After last weekend’s lackluster second place start, the news was even worse this weekend for Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear, as the expensive computer animated film fell three spots and a very sharp 65 percent to land in fifth place with an estimated $17.67 million. This weekend’s decline was especially sharp for an animated film and given the film’s showtimes per location average this weekend. This weekend’s hold also points towards Lightyear not going over as well with audiences as the film’s A- rating on CinemaScore suggests. The ten-day domestic total for Lightyear stands at $88.77 million, as the film hasn’t really been able to appeal to family audiences (by the standards of the Toy Story franchise). And with Universal and Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru set to enter the domestic marketplace this coming Friday, Lightyear could be in store for another sharp decline next weekend.
Internationally, Lightyear grossed an estimated $19.3 million this weekend from 44 international markets. Respective totals for the film stand at $63.6 million internationally and at $152.4 million globally. This weekend saw Lightyear open with $3.1 million in France (including previews). Additional estimated international totals for Lightyear through Sunday include $14.2 million in Mexico, $8.4 million in the United Kingdom, $4.7 million in Argentina, $3.7 million in Brazil, $3.4 million in Australia and $3.0 million in Spain.
On the platform front, A24’s Marcel the Shell with Shoes On started out with an estimated $169,606 from just 6 locations in New York and Los Angeles. That gave the critically acclaimed live-action / animated hybrid a promising per-location average of $28,268 for the frame. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On was directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp and features the vocal talent of Jenny Slate and Isabella Rossellini. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On will expand to additional cities next weekend.