The big “old movie” news comes courtesy of a four-month-old release, one that is one of the very biggest hits of the year. Pixar and Walt Disney’s Finding Dory is already the largest domestic hit of the year, with $485 million off of a $135m domestic debut back in June. And now it is yet another member of the $1 billion club. The smash hit sequel is the 27th movie to join said club with $484.8m in North America and $516.7m overseas for a $1.001.5b global cume. It’s Pixar’s second-biggest grosser behind Toy Story 3 ($1.067b) and the fifth-biggest toon ever.
It is the third-biggest worldwide grosser of the year behind Zootopia ($1.023 billion) and Captain America: Civil War ($1.153b) and just ahead of The Jungle Book ($966 million). So yeah, Disney is having a pretty good year. This is their fourth $1 b+ grosser in the last twelve months and their 12th $1b+ grosser overall, meaning the Mouse House occupies 44% of said list. Not to be outdone, that other animated blockbuster, Illumination and Universal/Comcast Corp.’s The Secret Life of Pets, has earned $848m worldwide to put it within striking distance of Inside Out ($857m) to become the fifth-biggest “not based on anything” hit ever.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children earned $15 million in its second weekend. The Tim Burton-directed fantasy fell a pretty decent 48% from last weekend’s $28.8m debut, giving the $110m 20th Century Fox release a $51.053m cume. That’s right in line with The Maze Runner(-46% second-weekend drop, $17.4m gross, $57.9m 10-day cume) and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (-52%/$14m/$51m). Yes, this film was more expensive, but Fox fantasy releases tend to break out overseas anyway. It’s no juggernaut yet, but so far so good. It has a similar 10-day total to Dark Shadows ($50m), but with a smaller drop and a much lower ($150m vs. $110m) budget.
Lionsgate’s Deepwater Horizon is still doing firmly “okay” while having a budget ($110 million, with no guarantee of overseas breakout) that requires more than “okay.” The Peter Berg-directed/Mark Wahlberg-starring action drama earned $11.75 million (-42%) on its second weekend and $38.5m 10-day total. That’s a drop right in between Lone Survivor (-41%) and Fury(-43%) but with smaller numbers all around. This still feels like a $70m finisher, so fingers crossed that the film does better overseas. The “watch history unfold” movie with the super-mega-happy ending was a bigger lure than the “watch history unfold” movie where “things go wrong and innocent people die for no good reason.”
MGM and Sony’s The Magnificent Seven earned $9.1 million (-41%) for a solid $75.9m 17-day domestic total. It is going to end up closer to The Book of Eli ($94m) and The Equalizer ($101m) than Safe House ($126m). But it’s still going to end up in the “win” column. Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc.’s Storks earned another $8.4m (-37%) for a $50.1m 17-day total. The legs are solid, but the overall numbers are too small. The good news is that it has earned $56m overseas for a $106m worldwide total.
Sully earned another $5.27 million (-42%) in its fifth weekend for a $113.485m domestic cume and $167.185m worldwide cume. If it can stay in theaters, it may pass the $133m gross of Angels & Demons (in 2009) to become Tom Hank’s biggest live-action hit since The Da Vinci Code ($217m) back in 2006. Relativity’s Masterminds fell 37% on its second weekend for a $4.1m gross. That would be a solid hold if we were discussing better numbers, but we still have a mere $12.788m 10-day cume.
Walt Disney’s Queen of Katwe earned $1.618 million in its third weekend, dropping 35% and bringing the terrific underdog chess drama’s 17-day total to $5.384m. C’mon, hang in there. Sony’sDon’t Breathe earned another $1.35m (-43%) for a new $86.9m domestic cume. The DC Comics caper, Suicide Squad, earned $1.11m (-42%) for a new $322.534m domestic and $742.1m worldwide cume. By the way, the film has now made more overseas ($419.6m) than Deadpool($419.5m), 3D and PG-13 rating notwithstanding.