'Hotel Transylvania 3' Tops Weekend Box Office While 'Skyscraper' Struggles
by Brad Brevet
July 15, 2018
Sony Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation continued the franchise tradition of debuting atop the weekend box office and doing so with over $40 million over the three-day. The weekend also featured a strong expansion from Annapurna's Sorry to Bother You, which landed in seventh position on the weekend chart, but unfortunately for Universal's Skyscraper, the weekend's other new wide release, it struggled over its opening weekend, failing to meet the studio's expectations, delivering a third place finish.
With an estimated $44.1 million, Sony Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3 finished atop the weekend box office. While that total does include the $2.6 million the film brought in from Thursday evening previews, it doesn't include the $1.27 million from Amazon Prime showings on June 30, which bring the film's domestic cume to just over $45 million so far. The film's three-day opening tops the $42.5 million the first film in the franchise brought in back in 2012, while falling a bit short of the $48.5 million opening for Hotel Transylvania 2 in September 2015. That said, given the competition from Disney and Pixar's record-breaking Incredibles 2, which is still in theaters and inside the weekend's top five, this is a strong start, proving how healthy this franchise is.
Hotel Transylvania 3 joined its predecessors as all three have now received an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. The film played to an audience that was 52% female and 32% of the overall audience was 25 years or older. Over the long run, it will be interesting to see where this film ends up as a domestic performance anywhere from $125-150+ million is entirely possible.
Disney and Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp dropped a hefty 62%, the largest second weekend drop for a sequel within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The result is a second place finish with an estimated $29.1 million, bringing its ten-day total to $132.8 million. Ant-Man and the Wasp joins Guardians of the Galaxy, The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Captain America: The First Avenger as the only films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to not repeat at #1 over their second weekends at the box office. Internationally, the film added $35.3 million from 44 markets this weekend, pushing its global cume to $283.7 million.
Universal and Legendary's Skyscraper landed in third position with an estimated $25.48 million over its debut weekend, falling short of Mojo's weekend forecast as well as the studio's anticipated $30 million performance. For star Dwayne Johnson, while Skyscraper opened above Baywatch, this debut is $4.5 million behind 2014's Hercules, which went on to gross $72.7 million domestically.
Looking ahead, Skyscraper received a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences and played to an audience that was 55% male and 52% of the overall audience was aged 25 years or older. The gender numbers line up similarly to Johnson's Rampage, while the film's audience skewed much younger than both Rampage and 2015's San Andreas, the latter of which also played to an audience that was 51% female. As it stands, we're looking for this one to finish around $65-75 million for its domestic run, and given the film's $125 million budget, Universal is going to be looking for a strong performance overseas as they hope to have positioned Skyscraper as a film for a global audience.
That being said, Skyscraper opened in 57 international markets this weekend, delivering an estimated $40.4 million for a $65.9 million global debut. Among the film's opening markets South Korea led the way with an estimated $4.7 million followed by Mexico ($3.7m), Russia ($2.6m), Australia ($2.4m), UK and Ireland ($2.4m) and Indonesia ($2.1m). The film will open in 11 additional markets next weekend, including Italy and China.
Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 landed in fourth place with an estimated $16.2 million, bringing the film's domestic cume to $535.8 million. While the film continues to pad its lead as the highest grossing animated film of all-time domestically, this weekend it leap-frogged The Dark Knight to become the ninth largest overall film all-time domestically. Additionally, with an estimated $33.3 million internationally this weekend, the film has now grossed over $850 million globally and ranks as the 64th largest worldwide release of all-time.
Rounding out the top five is Universal and Amblin's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which brought in an estimated $15.5 million, pushing its domestic cume to $363.3 million. Internationally the film added another $26.7 million, pushing its global cume to $1.134 billion, becoming the 18th largest worldwide release of all-time and climbing.
Elsewhere in the top ten, Annapurna's Sorry to Bother You had an excellent expansion into 805 theaters (+789) after a strong limited release last weekend. The film brought in an estimated $4.25 million this weekend for a $5,289 per theater average and a domestic cume that now totals $5.3 million. Exit polling showed the film playing to an audience that was 54% male, of which 64% were under the age of 35.
In limited release, A24's Eighth Grade sold out shows in New York and Los Angeles, playing in just four theaters and bringing in a healthy $252,284 for a chart-topping $63,071 per theater average. The film will expand to top markets next weekend, anticipating a lengthy run throughout the rest of summer.
Additionally, Sony's Soorma opened in 50 theaters with an estimated $168,000 ($3,360 PTA); Amazon Studios's Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot opened in four theaters with an estimated $83,120 ($20,780 PTA); Vertical's Shock & Awe opened with an estimated $41,000 from 100 locations ($410 PTA); Cohen Media's Gauguin debuted in six locations with an estimated $35,607 ($5,935 PTA); The Cinema Guild's Milford Graves Full Mantis brought in $8,515 from one theater; and PBS opened Dark Money in one location with an estimated $8,100.
Overall, the weekend's top twelve grossed an estimated $156.7 million, down -12.6% compared to last weekend, but pretty much on par with the same weekend last year.
Next weekend could be one to keep an eye on as interest is heating up for Universal's Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! debuting in ~3,200 theaters. Also opening is the return of Denzel Washington in Sony's The Equalizer 2, opening in 3,000+ locations, and BH Tilt will open Unfriended: Dark Web into ~1,500 theaters.
You can check out all of this weekend's estimated results right here and we'll be updating our charts with weekend actuals on Monday afternoon.
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