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Secret Life of Pets 2 and Dark Phoenix Disappoint at Domestic Box Office


This weekend saw two new wide releases taking the two top spots at the domestic box office, yet they still managed to disappoint when comparing their performances to previous installments. Universal Pictures and Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2 came out on top with $47.1 million from 4,561 theaters, an average of $10,330 per theater. The film has earned $48 million if you include early Fandango previews. This is down significantly from the first movie, which opened with $104.3 million in July of 2016. It went on to earn $368.4 million in North America.

Internationally, the sequel added $16 million this weekend and has grossed $49 million, for a worldwide total of $97 million so far. The first movie earned $507 million globally for its entire run.

The Secret Life of Pets 2, which received an A- CinemaScore from audiences and cost $80 million to make, was directed by Chris Renaud and features the voices of Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Dana Carvey, Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Pete Holmes, Garth Jennings, Ellie Kemper, Nick Kroll, Bobby Moynihan, Patton Oswald, Jenny Slate, and Eric Stonestreet.

Opening in second place domestically was X-Men movie Dark Phoenix (Disney’s 20th Century Fox), which earned $33 million from 3,721 theaters, an average of $8,869. It’s the worst opening of all the X-Men films and the first not to open in first place. The previous installment, X-Men: Apocalypse, debuted over Memorial Day in 2016 and brought in $65.8 million for the Friday-to-Sunday portion. It went on to gross $155.4 million in North America.

Dark Phoenix is performing better overseas, with the film taking in $107 million from 53 markets ($45.6 million from China) and putting its worldwide opening at $140 million. Apocalypse was able to earn $543.9 million globally by the end of its run.

Directed by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix received a B- CinemaScore and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain. The movie is the last of the Fox X-Men movies, as Marvel Studios will now be able to decide what to do with the comic books franchise.

Dropping just one spot to third was Disney’s Aladdin, which added $24.5 million its third weekend and has now earned $232.4 million domestically. Internationally, the live-action adaptation added $67.6 million and has made $372.5 million, for a worldwide total of $604.9 million. Made for $183 million, the Guy Ritchie-directed Aladdin stars Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla: King of the Monsters suffered the worst drop in the top ten as it lost 67.5% of ticket sales from last weekend and dropped from first to fourth place. The MonsterVerse installment earned $15.5 million this weekend and has grossed $78.6 million domestically after two weeks. The movie added $47.1 million internationally from 78 markets and has grossed $213.7 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to $292.3 million. Made for $170 million, Godzilla: King of the Monsters was directed by Michael Dougherty and stars Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, and Zhang Ziyi.

Rocketman (Paramount Pictures) rounded out the top five domestically with $14 million and has made $50.5 million after two weeks. The Sir Elton John biopic also added $13 million from 50 international markets and is now up to $51.3 million overseas and $101.8 million worldwide. Made for $40 million, the film was directed by Dexter Fletcher and stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Gemma Jones, and Bryce Dallas Howard.

The Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions thriller Ma, starring Octavia Spencer, dropped two spots to sixth with $7.8 million to bring its two-week total to $32.7 million. The film has earned $7.3 million at the international box office. The Tate Taylor-directed movie reportedly cost just $5 million to make. Ma also stars Juliette Lewis, Diana Silvers, Luke Evans, McKaley Miller, Missi Pyle, Corey Fogelmanis, Gianni Paolo, and Dante Brown.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (Lionsgate) added $7.4 million in seventh place and has now earned $138.6 million in North America after four weeks. Directed by Chad Stahelski, John Wick: Chapter 3 stars Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Saïd Taghmaoui, Jerome Flynn, Jason Mantzoukas, Tobias Segal, Boban Marjanovic, Anjelica Huston, and Ian McShane.

And Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame earned another $4.8 million domestically and $3.8 million internationally this weekend. That means the film has grossed $824.4 million in North America and $1.906 billion overseas, for a worldwide total of $2.730 billion. For fans who were hoping that it would surpass the $2.787 million box office record of James Cameron’s Avatar, it doesn’t look like that will be the case now. Endgame was made for $356 million and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.

**PLEASE NOTE: The box office report will be going on hiatus for two weeks and will return on June 30th.**

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Mirko Parlevliet
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded to cover movie, TV, video game, music, and theme park news.


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