News // 'PETS 2' TOPS THE BOX OFFICE, DESPITE UNDER-PERFORMING

Updated: Jun 16, 2019

Dark Phoenix has the lowest opening for an X-Men film.



While the weekend's box office was high enough to start closing in the year-to-year gap (this weekend alone brought in 43% more dough than the same weekend last year), the weekend's newest films were barely part of the equation.


The Secret Life of Pets 2 (#1) premiered in the number one spot with not-even half of the first film's debut. Its $47.1 million came from 4,561 theaters. That's the second-widest opening of all time. The first Pets film opened in 2016 to $104.3 million.


The animated flick's biggest competition was Dark Phoenix (#2), the latest entry in the X-Men saga. Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender star in the film. Dark Phoenix's $33 million debut was the first time an X-Men film failed to open to at least $50 million.


Aladdin (#3) dropped 43% in its third weekend. Its overall total now stands at $232 million, domestically. Internationally, the Disney live-action reboot has now crossed $600 million.


Last weekend's number one film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters (#4), had an even harsher drop, falling 67.5%.


In limited release, Late Night (#16) earned $249,654. That was enough for the Amazon film to earn $62,414 per theater, the weekend's highest.


Also, A24's critical favorite The Last Black Man in San Francisco (#18) opened in 7 locations.


Leaving the Top Ten this week are thriller Brightburn (#12) and comedy The Hustle (#13).


Next weekend, Men in Black International will open to 3,800 screens, Shaft hits 2,900 screens, and The Dead Don't Die gets a wide, but limited, release in over 550 theaters. Plus, Amazon's Late Night will go wide.


TOP TEN: (bold signifies a new release)


1. THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 - $47.1 million

2. DARK PHOENIX - $33 million

3. ALADDIN - $24.5 million

4. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS - $15.54 million

5. ROCKETMAN - $14 million

6. MA - $7.8 million

7. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM - $7.4 million

8. AVENGERS: ENDGAME - $4.8 million

9. POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU - $2.98 million

10. BOOKSMART - $1.57 million


All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.

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