The summer box office showed signs of slowing down this weekend with the animated “DC League of Super-Pets” opening in theaters across North America.
The superhero movie about Superman’s dog earned $23 million from 4,314 sites, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Although it was a little less than expected, it was still enough to grab first place and push Jordan Peele’s “No” to second in the second weekend.
Analysts had pegged “DC League of Super-Pets” with a $25 million launch, which was at the bottom line for an animated opening this summer. In June, Lightyear’s $50.6 million was deemed a disappointment to the $200 million Disney/Pixar movie. Then in early July, “Minions: The Rise of Gru” took in $107 million in its first three days.
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But “Super-Pets” is more comparable to “The Bad Guys”, which brought in an estimated domestic earnings of about $97 million after opening $23 million, which is much stronger than “Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank”, which debuted Once a few weeks ago for $6.3 million.
“This opening is a huge win for DC fans, the box office, the World Bank, and our filmmakers,” says Jeff Goldstein, president of Warner Bros. local distribution company.
“DC League of Super-Pets” was not intended to be a midsummer release. Originally, “Super-Pets” was scheduled to premiere in May, while this weekend was reserved for “Black Adam,” Warner Bros. Another superhero Dwayne Johnson pic. But post-production delays forced “Black Adam” back into October. Rather than abandoning the date of the ceremony, the studio filled the open space with a family-friendly title with an all-star voice cast, including Kevin Hart, John Krasinski, Keanu Reeves, and Kate McKinnon as the evil guinea pig.
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“Super-Pets” has several weeks of summer vacation left with a little big competition, and we hope it will continue to grow steadily, thanks to the positive feedback from fans this weekend. And with $18.4 million in international showings, it has already made $41.4 million globally.
“Young family movies last a long time,” Goldstein says. “Given CinemaScore from A- and word of mouth, we’ll be around for a while.”
Second place went to No, which is down 57% since its debut last weekend and made an additional $18.6 million. La’s total North American profit is $80.6 million before its international expansion begins in August.
Thor: Love and Thunder took third place with $13.1 million in its fourth weekend, bringing its domestic total to $301.5 million. Globally, it earned $662 million, with no release in China.
“Minions: The Rise of Gru” took fourth place on its fifth weekend with $10.9 million. Worldwide, she has now earned $710.4 million.
Rounding out the top five was Top Gun: Maverick, which grossed an additional $8.2 million in its tenth weekend, bringing its domestic gross to $650.1 million.
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New major theatrical releases were limited this weekend, but they gave audiences a variety of options. “Vengeance” premiered on 998 locations, grossing an estimated $1.8 million. PJ Novak’s directorial debut follows a podcaster writer (Novak) who travels from New York to West Texas to investigate the death of a model girlfriend. This well-reviewed thriller starring Issa Rae and Ashton Kutcher. The Sundance Film Festival, “A Love Song,” starring Wes Studi and Dale Dickey, opened in four theaters, bringing in an estimated $18,702 in earnings.
Things are slowing down at the domestic box office heading into August, which is a common occurrence. And there are still big movies to come, like “Bullet Train” with Brad Pitt, which is fast hitting theaters next weekend.
“July brought in over $1 billion, which is impressive. It’s the first $1 billion month since December 2019,” says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. “This gives us a tailwind as August approaches, but don’t expect any 100 to appear. million dollars for the first time in a while.”
Final local numbers will be published on Monday.
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