‘Cars 3’ takes the checkered flag as ‘Wonder Woman’ continues to impress


Weekend Box Office June 16 -18, 2017

(KUTV)- This week gave us four new wide releases in Pixar’s animated sequel Cars 3,” the Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me,” the shark thriller “47 Meters Down” and the raunchy comedy “Rough Night.”

Unsurprisingly, “Cars 3” finished in first with $53.5 million. International numbers push the film’s total near $75 million. Last year, “Finding Dory,” the sequel to Pixar’s “Finding Nemo,” almost doubled that total in America alone as it opened to $135 million.

Cars” opened to $60 million in 2006 and its sequel, “Cars 2,” opened to $66 million in 2011.

In second place is “Wonder Woman,” DC’s latest brought in $40 million domestically and an addition $39 million internationally. Those are impressive holds. The film’s worldwide total sits at $571 million.

The film is currently trending ahead of “Man of Steel,” which finished with a worldwide total of $668 million. I’d love to see “Wonder Woman” hit $700 million. “Suicide Squad” managed $745 million and “Batman v Superman” did $873 million.

“All Eyez on Me” lands in third place with an impressive $27 million. Reviews have been mixed, it wasn’t screened for local critics, but clearly there. “Notorious,” the 2009 biopic about The Notorious B.I.G. opened to $20.5 million domestically and finished with a worldwide total of $44 million. “All Eyez on Me” should easily best that.

Fourth place goes to “The Mummy” with nearly $14 million. That pushes its domestic total to $56 million (or about where you might have expected it to finish its initial weekend). The worldwide total is about to hit $300 million, but I’d be surprised if this gets anywhere near $500 million.

The oddest success story of the week is “47 Meters Down” with $11.5 million. Originally scheduled for a VOD and DVD release (under the name of “In the Deep”) in July 2016, but the success of “The Shallows” inspired Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures to purchase the film for an undisclosed amount of money and almost exactly a year later the film is hitting theaters. I preferred the film, when I watched it last year, to “The Shallows,” but there’s clearly a massive divide when it comes to the budgets of the two films. “47 Meters Below” isn’t remotely as polished.

“Rough Night,” the bachelorette part film starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon and Zoë Kravitz finished the weekend with only $8 million. That’s less than half of what “Snatched” opened to in May. The good news for Sony is that “Rough Night” cost only $20 million to make (“Snatch" cost twice that and is unlikely to breakeven for 20th Century Fox with a worldwide total of $53 million). Poor reviews and the presence of “Wonder Woman” had a considerable impact on “Rough Night.”

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