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Weekend Box Office: Spy Tops San Andreas, Entourage Trails

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By Chris Kavan - 06/07/15 at 10:03 PM CT

It was comedy over disaster as Melissa McCarthy's Spy topped the weekend box office. Meanwhile, San Andreas still had some strong aftershocks as it stayed ahead of both Insidious: Chapter 3 and Entourage. It was still a relatively quiet weekend for the box office - but the fireworks are sure to come back when Jurassic World drops on Friday. June may have gotten off to a somewhat inauspicious start, but things should heat up soon.

1) SPY

Given the popularity of Melissa McCarthy over the last few years, it was not such a surprise that Spy got off to a nice start. The undercover spy comedy opened to $30 million - a nice step up from Tammy, which only hit $18.1 million in its opening weekend. Spy was actually behind Insidious: Chapter 3 on Friday - but, as with most horror films, it was front-loaded and soon fell behind. It was another win for director Paul Feig = he previously has success with McCarthy on both Bridesmaids and The Heat. Spy came in a little under The Heat (which opened to $39 million) but considering its one of the few female-centric films out right now. Spy should be able to reach $75 million handily and could clear $100 million if it can hang on to its audience.


After shaking up the box office with the strongest opening of his solo career, Dwayne Johnson had to settle for runner-up for the second weekend of San Andreas. The disaster flick picked up another $26.4 million, giving the film a new total of $92.1 million. The film dropped about 52% from its opening weekend. It will have no problem crossing $100 by next weekend and even with Jurassic World likely taking a big chunk of its audience, San Andreas should top $130 million.


The horror sequel/prequel may have won Friday but when it was all said and done, the film had to settle for third place with $23 million. That is well below the $40.2 million the second film opened too, though it did open higher that the $13.2 million the original film brought in. Still, it's also likely the budget has been growing a bit each time as well (first film had a $1 million budget, the second a higher $5 million) The third film will likely top the $54 million the original brought in, but even if it falls off quickly, the series is likely to continue seeing as how it has a modest budget and big enough fan base.


The boys were back in town, and even though the limited release openings looked good, after having Tuesday and Wednesday to themselves, the film could only muster a fourth place weekend. It took in $10.4 million ($17.8 million total, including those early numbers). It did take a hit from critics (some of whom were obviously not fans of the series) but audiences were a bit kinder, handing out a decent "A-" Cinemascore. Still, Entourage likely fell into the same trap as other movies based on TV shows - its fan base showed up early but it just couldn't draw in a better general audience to help it. It's likely Entourage will fall short of $50 million.


After weeks of running behind the girls of Pitch Perfect 2, Mad Max finally pulled off a win. The film dropped from 4th to 5th place (off about 44%) and took in $7.9 million for a new total of $130.8 million. Internationally, Fury Road hit $300 million. We'll see if it can match its budget domestically ($150 million), it still has a chance though it's likely going to be an uphill battle from here on out.

Outside the top five: In limited release Love & Mercy had had a better per-theater-average than Entourage, taking in $2.22 million from 483 theaters ($4600 per theater compared to Entourages $3353 per theater average in over 3100 theaters). On the other side, Aloha took a nasty 66% spill, dropping from its disappointing 6th place opening down to 9th place with just $3.3 million and a new total of $16.34 million. It's looking grim for the film, which may not even be able to match the total for Elizabethtown ($26.85 million) and may wind up being the lowest-grossing film for Crowe since the 1992 film Singles ($18.47 million).

Next week the only new film in wide release is going to be Jurassic World. Big effect and big actors should spell big returns for the made-for-summer sequel.


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