Box Office: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Takes $59.6-M, ‘Ice Age 5’ DOA $21-M

Box Office: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Takes $59.6-M, ‘Ice Age 5’ DOA $21-M

Box Office: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Takes $59.6-M, ‘Ice Age 5’ DOA $21-M

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Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s Hillary Clinton doc cracked the Top 10 in its nationwide expansion and ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’ won over older women in its limited debut.

Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond took in a strong $59.6-M from 3,928 theaters in North America, more than enough to win the weekend and marking 1 of the best openings of Summer to date. However, the 3rd chapter in Paramount and Skydance Productions’ rebooted franchise came in 14% behind the opening of Y 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness ($70.2-M) as Hollywood battles a bad case of “sequelitis”.

Ice Age: Collision Course came DOA domestic debut with $21-M from 3,392 theaters, 55% behind the Y 2012 launch of Ice Age: Continental Drift ($46.6-M) and the worst showing for an animated studio tentpole in 10 years.

Collision Course, marked a 5th-place finish, is faring better overseas, grossing another $30-M this weekend from 60 markets for a foreign take of $178-M and global box office of $199-M.

US audiences preferred Universal, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Illumination Entertainment’s animated holdover The Secret Life of Pets, which placed #2 in its 3rd frame with $29.3-M from 4,048 locations for a domestic total of $260.7-M, and worldwide box office take of $323.7-M.

New Line and Warner Bros.’ supernatural horror film Lights Out, which cost under $5-M to make, tied with Ghostbusters for # 3 with a better-than-expected $21.6-M from 2,818 theaters. 37% of the audience was under the age of 18, while females made up 54% of all ticket buyers.

Costing $185-M to make, Star Trek Beyond will need to do strong business overseas. It opened in 46% of the marketplace at the weekend, grossing $30-M from 37 markets for a global bow of $89.6-M. In Europe the overall box office result was 14% ahead of Star Trek: Into Darkness but 35% ahead of Star Trek.

Warner Bros.’ The Legend of Tarzan won the foreign race, earning $44.7-M from 61 markets, including China, where it posted a 6-day debut of $27.1-M. Tarzan has now grossed $260.5-M.

Star Trek Beyond scored the highest opening weekend ever in 17 markets, including Russia, Taiwan and Thailand. The franchise has always faced challenges in some markets where sci-fi is not popular, but Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore says that’s changing. Into Darkness earned $239-M abroad. The Y 2009 film earned $129-M internationally.

 

Ice Age: Collision Course was skewered by critics. The pic fared better with moviegoers, who gave it a B+.

It remains to be seen whether Fox (NASDAQ:FOX) is ready to close the door on the Ice Age series. The films have now earned $3-B at the worldwide box office, making it the most successful animated franchise in history.

Pixar’s Finding Dory placed # 6 in its 6th frame with more than $7-M, pushing its domestic total to $460.2-M, the 9th-best box office showing of all time its global take is $781.7-M.

 

Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) Ghostbusters fell a 53% in its 2nd weekend. The reboot has now earned $86.9-M domestically. Overseas, it took in another $10.5-M from existing markets for a foreign box office of $36-M and global take of $122.9-M.

Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s Hillary Clinton documentary Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party came in the Top 10 in its nationwide expansion, earning $3.9-M from 1,217 theaters. The movie’s expansion is timed to the Democratic National Convention, which opens Monday in Philadelphia.

Fox Searchlight’s Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, based on the hit British TV series, took in $1.9-M from 313 theaters.

In its 2nd frame, Woody Allen’s Cafe Society expanded from 5 theaters to a total of 50, earning $875,000 for a location average of $17,500 — the 2nd best of the weekend, and a take of $1.4-M for Amazon Studios (NASDAQ:AMZN), and Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF).

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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