Small was big over the July the 4th weekend as small superheroes and a small-budget film did quite well in their opening weekends. The latest Marvel entry Ant-Man and The Wasp debuted at the Number 1 slot with $76 million in the States and $162 million worldwide. Its domestic tally was nearly 20 million higher that Ant-Man‘s opening weekend back in 2015 and its global take has the film on track to turn a profit during its theatrical run. Marvel does well even with its B-List characters while DC is still struggling to make money with its best-known superheroes these days. The other opening genre entry from the weekend, The First Purge, got an early start on July 4th and it has already amassed $31 million domestically to bring it to the Number 4 slot. That makes the film profitable (before Hollywood Accounting is factored in) after only five days because it was made for only $13 million.
As for the other genre entries this weekend, The Incredibles 2 broke records for an animated film as it has passed half a billion in ticket sales domestically. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has passed the billion dollar threshold worldwide and it should be turning a pretty nice profit for its studio. Deadpool 2 slipped to the end of the Top 10, but it has done quite well in its run with a global tally of $727 million. Solo: A Star Wars Story is hanging on at Number 13, but with only $380 million worldwide, it will not end its theatrical run in the black. Hereditary slipped to Number 14, but with $42 million domestically vs. a $10 million budget, it done quite well so far for an indie film. Avengers: Infinity War is at Number 15 after eleven weeks and has done quite nicely for Disney with over $2 billion in ticket sales worldwide.
The horror indie Unfriended: The Dark Web is the next genre entry scheduled to hit the theaters. You can see trailer for that and more below and our full Summer preview of sci fi and fantasy movies is at this link.
Here are the sci fi and fantasy movies in the Box Office Top 20 for the weekend of July 6-8:
Rank (Prior Week Rank), Title, Week, Domestic Gross (Worldwide Gross), Budget
1 (n/a) Ant-Man and The Wasp, Week 1, $76M ($162M), $160M
2 (1) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Week 3, $333M ($1.06B), $170M
3 (2) The Incredibles 2, Week 4, $504M ($772M), $200M
4 (n/a) The First Purge, Week 1, $31M ($43M), $13M
10 (7) Deadpool 2, Week 8, $315M ($727M), $110M
13 (9) Solo: A Star Wars Story, Week 7, $211M ($380M), $300M
14 (11) Hereditary, Week 5, $42M ($62M), $10M
15 (12) Avengers: Infinity War, Week 11, $675M ($2.04M), $320M
Dropped out of the Top 20:
21 (15) Rampage, Week 13, $99M ($425M), $120M
News of Note: Billy Dee Williams Will Return as Lando Calrissian
After much speculation, The Hollywood Reporter as confirmed that Billy Dee Williams will be reprising the role of Lando Calrissian in upcoming Star Wars IX film. A younger version of the character was played by Donald Glover in the recently released prequel film Solo: A Star Wars Story. Former Felicity star Keri Russell will also be joining the cast of the ninth Star Wars film . . . Jeremy Renner will be joining Jamie Fox in the upcoming Spawn reboot. Renner will play Twitch, a good cop surrounded by corrupt officers who ends up working with Spawn . . . The zombie film Patient Zero, which stars former Doctor Who Matt Smith, will finally be getting released. That one was filmed in 2015 but has been on the shelf since then. But it is scheduled to go straight to DVD and Blu-ray in October this year.
Unfriended: Dark Web
(July 20th Limited Release)
20-something Matias opens up a new laptop he found in a lost-and-found bin and finds a cache of secret files on it. While on a video call with his friends, he discovers the disturbing nature of the files. They soon discover that the previous owner is aware of this and has been watching them, and they will do anything to get the laptop back. Wikipedia
Credits: Stephen Susco (Writer / Director)
Starring: Colin Woodell, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Betty Gabriel, Andrew Lees, Connor Del Rio
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
(July 27th Wide Release)
When an IMF mission ends badly, the world is faced with dire consequences. As Ethan Hunt takes it upon himself to fulfill his original briefing, the CIA begins to question his loyalty and his motives. Hunt finds himself in a race against time, hunted by assassins and former allies while trying to prevent a global catastrophe. Wikipedia
Credits: Christopher McQuarrie (Writer / Director)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Michelle Monaghan
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