Weekend Box Office Report: July 1 – 3, 2022

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The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.

4-Day Weekend Estimates Update:

Minions: The Rise of Gru (Universal) — $107.00 M 3-Day / $125.19 M 4-Day
Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount) — $25.80 M 3-Day / $33.00 M 4-Day
Elvis (Warner Bros.) — $18.45 M 3-Day / $23.50 M 4-Day
Jurassic World Dominion (Universal) — $16.04 M 3-Day / $19.70 M 4-Day
The Black Phone (Universal) — $12.23 M 3-Day / $14.47 M 4-Day
Lightyear (Disney) — $6.37 M 3-Day / $7.87 M 4-Day
Mr. Malcolm’s List (Bleecker Street) — $826 K 3-Day / $1.00 M 4-Day

3-Day Weekend Estimates Update:

Universal and Illumination’s long-awaited Minions: The Rise of Gru outpaced all expectations this weekend with respective estimated three-day and four-day weekend starts of $108.51 million and $127.90 million. The second Minions film and fifth installment of the Despicable Me franchise easily delivered the largest opening weekend for an animated film since the re-opening of domestic theatres, as Minions: The Rise of Gru topped both the $72.11 million debut of computer animated / live action hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog 2 back in April and the $50.58 million opening of fully computer animated Lightyear two weeks ago. Minions: The Rise of Gru delivered the sixth largest opening weekend of any film since re-opening. Other milestones of note for Minions: The Rise of Gru included the largest three-day opening weekend ever for Independence Day weekend, the second largest opening weekend ever for Illumination (behind only the $115.72 million start of 2015’s Minions), the sixth largest opening weekend ever for Universal and the eighth largest opening weekend ever for the month of July. The four-day estimated start for Minions: The Rise of Gru is an impressive 48 percent higher than the $86.29 million four-day gross of 2017’s Despicable Me 3 and nearly on par with the $128.66 million grossed by Minions over its first four days. Minions: The Rise of Gru was directed by Kyle Balda and features the vocal talents of Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson and Michelle Yeoh.

Minions: The Rise of Gru grossed an estimated $48.22 million on Friday (including an estimated $10.75 million from Thursday preview shows that began early at 2PM), decreased 32.4 percent on Saturday to take in $32.59 million, is estimated to decline 15 percent on Sunday to gross $27.70 million and is estimated to decrease 30 percent on Independence Day Monday to gross $19.39 million. Minions: The Rise of Gru was originally scheduled to open way back in July of 2020, but was delayed two years due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Universal’s decision to remain patient and eventually release the film theatrically paid off in a big way this weekend. If anything, the delays only seem to have heightened the anticipation for Minions: The Rise of Gru among the franchise’s fanbase. The breakout performance of Minions: The Rise of Gru is also a great sign that the theatrical family market is continuing to recover, as it inches closer to its pre-pandemic state. Family audiences represented an estimated 48 percent of the overall audience for Minions: The Rise of Gru this weekend, while teens and young adults in the 13 to 24 age range made up another 49 percent of the film’s overall audience. On the average, critical reviews for Minions: The Rise of Gru have been good, but not great. The film looks to be going over significantly better with audiences, as Minions: The Rise of Gru received a strong A rating on CinemaScore (making it the fourth Despicable Me film to receive an A rating on CinemaScore – the one exception being the A- rating received by Despicable Me 3).

Internationally, Minions: The Rise of Gru grossed an estimated $87.2 million this weekend from 61 international markets. That brings the film’s international total to $93.7 million and the film’s global haul through Sunday to $202.2 million. International debuts by market for Minions: The Rise of Gru this weekend included $12.9 million in the United Kingdom, $12.4 million in Mexico, $4.8 million in Germany, $3.6 million in Spain, $3.4 million in Indonesia, $3.3 million in Argentina and $3.2 million in Brazil. In Australia, Minions: The Rise of Gru grossed $5.6 million in its second frame, which was a 50 percent increase over last weekend’s debut and brings the film’s total in the market to $12.2 million. Minions: The Rise of Gru will open in France this coming Wednesday (July 6) and later in the month will open in Japan (July 15) and South Korea (July 20). IMAX screens are responsible for an estimated $10.0 million globally for Minions: The Rise of Gru through Monday ($8.6 million domestically and $1.4 million internationally).

Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick continued its historic box office run this weekend with respective three-day and four-day weekend estimates of $25.55 million and $32.50 million, to hold steady in second place. Over the three-day frame, the Tom Curise led Top Gun: Maverick declined a slim 14 percent, while the film’s four-day take was up an impressive 10 percent over last weekend’s three-day gross. If the estimate holds, this weekend’s three-day gross for Top Gun: Maverick will stand as the second largest sixth weekend gross of all-time (behind only Avatar and just ahead of the $25.24 million sixth weekend gross of Titanic). In addition to continuing to benefit from its exceptional word of mouth, Top Gun: Maverick benefited from a number of additional factors this weekend, including the Independence Day weekend holiday frame, no new major live-action competition this weekend and a strong average showtimes per location hold (including limited IMAX showtimes). Top Gun: Maverick also likely got a bit of a boost this weekend from moviegoers who wanted to catch the film (or catch it again) before Disney’s highly anticipated Thor: Love and Thunder arrives in the marketplace this coming Friday (July 8). With a 39-day gross of $570.98 million through Monday, Top Gun: Maverick continues to pad its status as the highest grossing release of 2022 thus far domestically and has an impressive current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 4.51 to 1.

Internationally, Top Gun: Maverick grossed an estimated $37.0 million from 65 international markets this weekend. That represented a decline of just 16 percent from last weekend’s international performance. Respective totals for Top Gun: Maverick stand at $544.5 million internationally and at a massive $1.109 billion globally. International totals for Top Gun: Maverick through Sunday by market include $84.8 million in the United Kingdom, $57.6 million in Japan, $51.5 million in Australia, $42.0 million in France, $27.5 million in South Korea , $25.6 million in Germany, $19.3 million in Brazil and $18.8 million in Taiwan. Top Gun: Maverick grossed an estimated $5.0 million from global IMAX screens over the four-day frame; $1.5 million domestically and $3.5 million internationally. Through Monday, Top Gun: Maverick has grossed $51.0 million from domestic IMAX screens and $43.0 million from international IMAX screens for a global IMAX total of $94.0 million.

Warner’s Elvis was down two spots from last weekend’s first place debut to claim third with an estimated $19.0 million over the three-day frame. Elvis held up very nicely this weekend, as the film’s three-day performance was down 39 percent (and that was with the film losing a sizable amount of its average showtimes per location from last weekend at many theatres). An official four-day estimate for Elvis won’t be released until Monday, but based on the film’s three-day estimate, the film could be headed for a four-day weekend gross in the area of $22.5 million to $23.0 million. Through Sunday, the ten-day start for Elvis stands at $67.32 million. That already gives the Baz Luhrmann directed music biopic a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 2.16 to 1. Given this weekend’s hold, the film’s strong word mouth and older skewing audience, Elvis is highly likely to continue holding up well throughout July. Internationally, Elvis also held up very nicely this weekend by taking in an estimated $15.7 million from 57 international markets. That brings the film’s international total to $46.2 million and global haul through Sunday to $113.5 million. International totals for Elvis through Sunday by market include $12.4 million in the United Kingdom, $11.3 million in Australia, $3.7 million in France, $2.2 million in Germany, $1.7 million in Italy, $1.7 million in the Netherlands and $1.7 million in Spain.

Universal’s Jurassic World Dominion placed in fourth with respective three-day and four-day estimates of $15.56 million and $19.18 million. Jurassic World Dominion declined 41.5 percent over the three-day frame, which was respectable (especially since the film lost the remainder of its domestic IMAX screenings to Minions: The Rise of Gru), while the film’s four-day performance was down 28 percent from last weekend’s three-day gross. Through Monday, the 25-day domestic total for Jurassic World Dominion stands at $335.35 million, which ranks the film as the fourth highest grossing release of 2022 thus far domestically. Internationally, Jurassic World Dominion grossed an estimated $26.8 million this weekend from 72 international markets. Respective totals for the film through Sunday stand at $492.7 million internationally and $824.5 million globally. Jurassic World Dominion continued to hold up nicely in China this weekend, as the film declined 41 percent to gross $7.3 million for the frame; bringing the film’s total in China to $129.2 million. Additional estimated international totals for Jurassic World Dominion through Sunday by market include $41.5 million in Mexico, $37.2 million in the United Kingdom, $22.0 million in France, $21.8 million in Australia and $18.5 million in Germany. The estimated global IMAX total for Jurassic World Dominion through Monday stands at $52.4 million.

Fellow Universal release The Black Phone rounded out the weekend’s top five with respective three-day and four-day estimates of $12.30 million and $14.60 million (Universal had three of this weekend’s top five films). The well-received Scott Derrickson directed horror film had a very solid second weekend hold for its genre, as the film’s three-day performance was down 48 percent from last weekend and the film’s four-day take was down 38 percent from last weekend’s three-day start. The Black Phone looks to be turning into a break-out performer, as the film’s eleven-day domestic total through Monday stands at $49.76 million. That places the film’s current total gross to opening weekend ratio at 2.11 to 1. Internationally, The Black Phone grossed an estimated $8.3 million this weekend from 50 international markets. Through Sunday, respective totals for The Black Phone stand at $27.0 million internationally and at $74.4 million globally. The film’s highest grossing international markets thus far have been Mexico (with $8.3 million) and the United Kingdom (with $3.3 million).

Meanwhile, Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear placed in sixth with respective three-day and four-day estimates of $6.57 million and $8.12 million. Due in part to the break-out start of Minions: The Rise of GruLightyear declined a very sharp 64 percent over the three-day frame, while the film’s four-day performance was still down 55 percent from last weekend’s three-day frame. Lightyear passed the $100 million domestic mark on Friday, but obviously the expensive computer animated film had been expected to be a much stronger performer. Through Monday, the 18-day domestic total for Lightyear stands at $106.90 million. Internationally, Lightyear grossed an estimated $11.3 million this weekend from 45 markets. This weekend’s international performance included a debut of $2.9 million in Japan. Through Sunday, respective totals for Lightyear stand at $82.2 million internationally and at a lackluster $187.6 million globally.

In its second weekend of platform release, A24’s Marcel the Shell with Shoes On grossed an estimated $0.258 million over the three-day frame (from 22 locations, for a per-location average of $11,747). The film’s estimated four-day gross stands at $0.308 million, which brings the film’s early total to $0.531 million through eleven days of platform release. The critically acclaimed live-action / animated hybrid directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp will continue to expand to additional cities in the coming weeks.

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