Theaters were filled with families this Father’s Day weekend, as Finding Dory, the long-awaited sequel to one of the most popular animated films of all time, crushed all competition. The Pixar release netted the largest opening weekend take in company history, and also swam away with the record for largest opening weekend for an animated release. Dory has collected a fantastic $136.2 million since opening on Thursday night.
With glowing reviews and great word-of-mouth, the sequel will likely hold up very well over the summer. While it’s too early to guess, there is a very strong possibility that Finding Dory ultimately overtakes the $401 million+ domestic total of Disney’s own Captain America: Civil War to becomes the highest-grossing film of the year thus far.
Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart pooled their collective fanbases for the action-comedy Central Intelligence, featuring The Rock as the muscle and Hart as the smarts taking down the bad guys together. The concept was definitely a win, resulting in a solid $34 million. Surprisingly, the film didn’t do bigger business considering both stars are at peak popularity right now. The film opened right in Hart’s wheelhouse of Ride Along 2 ($35 million), Think Like a Man ($33.6m), and Get Hard (33.8m) grosses- but failed to break out even further. Meanwhile, Dwayne Johnson’s popularity as a movie star is difficult to nail down. He’s a consistent added-value element to franchises like Fast and Furious, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and G.I. Joe. However, his leading man appeal can widely vary with such releases as San Andreas ($155m total), Hercules ($72m), and Snitch ($42m).
The Cinemascore for Central Intelligence was a strong ‘A-‘ which should help the flick have decent holds in the coming weeks, hopefully getting the $50 million-budgeted picture to over $100 million domestically.
The Conjuring 2 dropped to third place, losing 62% of its audience from last week for $15.5 million. This is not a comparable weekend-to-weekend hold to The Conjuring, and more like the drop of spinoff Annabelle. Horror films typically fall by over 60%, so while it’s not a surprise, there was hope that the level of quality of Conjuring 2 might also buck this trend like its predecessor. A $100 million-plus final is still likely as the film has amassed $71.6 million so far.
In fourth place, Now You See Me 2 continues to fall below the original. It dropped 57% this weekend for a $9.65 million weekend. By comparison, the first film only dropped 35% in its second weekend. The sequel has earned $41.3 million thus far, versus the $60 million the original earned through the same point. Now You See Me 2 will likely be another sequel this year that barely earns half of its predecessor’s gross.
Warcraft collapsed in its fifth weekend by 73%, earning only $6.5 million for a running total of $37.7 million. At this point, a meager $50 million might just be out of reach for this franchise-starter. China’s numbers are also declining fast as the international blockbuster’s grosses there have now only topped $200 million after opening with $156 million last weekend. The worldwide total is now over $377 million with only 10 percent of that total coming from the U.S.
In sixth place, X-Men: Apocalypse had its best weekend hold so far, dropping 47% from the last frame. The sequel earned another $5.21 million for a $146 million total thus far. The film will now likely eclipse the $155 million final gross of X-Men: First Class, but will not sell as many tickets.
Dory provided major competition for the Turtles this weekend. The lacking sequel plunged 64% this weekend for a $5.2 million gross. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows has now grossed a disappointing $71 million domestically. Other titles rounded out the top ten.
Next weekend brings the arrival of the long-awaited (20 years!) sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, the war-drama The Free State of Jones, the shark-thriller The Shallows, and the indie-horror The Neon Demon.
Check out this weekend’s box office chart below.
Images: Disney, Warner Bros.