Despicable Me 3 rises to the top of the box office this weekend, grossing an estimated $75.4 million. The number is below what was expected (at least $85 million) in its opening weekend, and came in behind Despicable Me 2’s opening of $83.5 million. It’s still going to be considered successful for Universal and Illumination Entertainment. However, like we saw last week with Transformers: The Last Knight, several sequels don’t necessarily mean the same amount of success at the box office and the longer it goes on, the more exhausted audiences become.
Not unsurprisingly, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver sped its way to the number two spot at the box office with $30 million, having opened on Wednesday in 3,226 theaters across the U.S. The film only cost around $34 million to make, so Sony Pictures is rejoicing. Baby Driver has been well-received by both critics and audiences alike and Wright has been praised in particular for putting together a wonderful soundtrack that feels much like its own character in the film.
Also opening this week is the Will Ferrell/Amy Poehler comedy, The House, which completely bombed at the box office this weekend. The film only made $9 million in over 3,000 theaters. Given that big names such as Poehler and Ferrell are attached to the film, you’d expect it to be somewhat funny, but The House has gotten awful reviews and New Line barely put any effort in promoting the movie, probably knowing it wasn’t any good.
Transformers: The Last Knight, supposedly Michael Bay’s final Transformers film, fell to number three, grossing a total of $16.2 million in its second weekend. Wonder Woman remains in the top five at number four, grossing an additional $15.4 million. In exciting news, Wonder Woman has now surpassed Man of Steel, Suicide Squad, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to become the highest-earning DCEU film at the domestic box office. Rounding out the top five is Disney Pixar’s Cars 3 with $10 million.
What did you go see this weekend? Let us know in the comments!
2017 Summer Movie Preview: What To Look Out For
What do aliens, robots, superheroes, pirates, genetically-modified apes, and Will Ferrell all have in common? All of them will be visiting theaters this summer, most as perennials of the blockbusters sphere. There’s a cavalcade of riches this summer, with new offerings from both DC and Marvel, new (and in some cases, final) installments in long-running franchises, and a couple newcomers testing the waters for future sequels. Even some non-theatrical films get in on the fun, like Netflix’s War Machine starring Brad Pitt.
Here are over 20 films worth seeing over the next four months. Click Next to start!