BOX OFFICE REPORT
July 7-9, 2017
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Spider-Man: Homecoming||$117.0 million|
|Despicable Me 3||$33.9 million|
|Baby Driver||$12.7 million|
|Wonder Woman||$10.1 million|
|Transformers: The Last Knight||$6.3 million|
Even though Tom Holland is the third actor in 15 years to play your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, that didn't seem to matter to audiences at all. This latest reboot – produced by original studio Sony but with access to actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe – took in an estimated $117 million. That's the third-biggest debut of the year, better than any of the Andrew Garfield films, and better than all but one of Tobey Maguire's (2007's record-breaking but disappointing Spider-Man 3). Reviews have been mostly solid, with many critics citing how fun the film is, which not every superhero movie has these days. It should hold well, and may even beat both Andrew Garfield movies overall, but the $350 million-plus that all three Tobey Maguire films made might be out of reach.
Despicable Me 3 fell a not necessarily despicable 53 percent, which puts it on track to finish at the bottom of the franchise. Still, Universal likely isn't worried given the series' worldwide appeal and endless marketing and tie-in potential. (Minions. Minions everywhere.)
The real success story – besides Wonder Woman, which is still holding strong at No. 4 – is Baby Driver, which dropped a mere 38 percent in weekend two. It's now Edgar Wright's highest-grossing movie by far, soon to be by double any of his previous efforts. It's a right place-right time-great movie combination, which so rarely happens. Hopefully this will put Wright back into high demand, this time with studios willing to let his amazing brain control the whole story, not studio executives. Transformers: The Last Knight continued to crater, taking in a dreadful $6.3 million. It's made $100 million less domestically than its production budget and Age of Extinction had made by this point. Ouch.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: A Ghost Story, David Lowery's haunted romance that earned raves at Sundance. The secretly shot drama averaged a whopping $27,017 on just four screens.
- The Big Sick is a big hit. The real-life romantic comedy took in $3.6 million on only 325 screens, beating out movies playing on three times that many.
- The Beguiled is also a sultry summer surprise. Sofia Coppola's remake has made $7.4 million in just three weeks, besting much of her other work.
War for the Planet of the Apes closes out Fox's surprisingly great reboot trilogy. I think it will split the difference between Dawn and Rise, taking in about $60 million, which will put it in a photo finish with Spider-Man: Homecoming.