This weekend saw the continuing domination Melissa McCarthy, while the return of a beloved HBO series on the silver screen just couldn’t make it to the VIP table at the box office party.
According to the weekend report from Box Office Mojo, the Melissa McCarthy-starring action/comedy Spy took the top spot at the box office with a take of $30 million, a pretty strong domestic showing for a film with a budget of $65 million. Adding in its foreign take of $56 million thus far, and it’s already entered profitable territory. This film is the third collaboration between McCarthy and director Paul Feig, with their previous two films together — 2011’s Bridesmaids and 2013’s The Heat — showcasing the strength of their collaboration together. Spy seems to be continuing that trend, with its performance here coupled with the extremely positive critical reception showing that the two have another hit on their hands as they get ready to roll film on the new Ghostbusters film.
Coming in at second place is the returning San Andreas, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Taking in $26.4 million, the film shows a relatively expected drop in box office attendance, and is poised to gross $100 million domestically within the next couple of days. In third place was a new release for this weekend in the form of Insidious: Chapter 3, which grossed for $23 million. On a budget of only $10 million, its road to profitability is also assured.
This weekend’s other major new release was Entourage, the cinematic continuation of the HBO series of the same name, which follows the exploits of Hollywood star Vincent Chase and his friends, along with his eccentric agent. Its opening weekend performance is a disappointment, though, earning only $17.8 million on a budget of $30 million. According to statements from studio representatives to THR, Warner Bros. and HBO Films were hoping for an opening of at least $20 million to give it a strong baseline heading into next weekend’s very stiff competition. The weekend take may have been mitigated by a less-than-stellar critical reception, with Rotten Tomatoes aggregated percentage coming up with only 30% for the film revival. Still, the audience score is a solid 81%, perhaps showing a disparity between critics who didn’t care for the themes of the show, and a film designed to please the audience of the TV show.
Rounding out the top 5 is returning action extravaganza Mad Max: Fury Road, taking in $7.8 million, bringing its total domestic take to $130 million. Worldwide, Fury Road has grossed a total of $307 million, more than doubling its budget of $150 million. Still, the status of a sequel is uncertain, and Warner Bros. has yet to commit to one. Time will tell.
Next weekend’s major release is, of course, Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World, the highly anticipated fourth installment in the Jurassic Park series, and it’s already tracking to make quite a splash for its opening weekend. To see how it panned out, check back next week!
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