Warner Bros. reports Magic Mike XXL posted a healthy $9.31 million opening day in first place yesterday, which includes $2.4 million from early shows on Tuesday night. By comparison, that figure is 52 percent off its predecessor's first day back in June 2012 (a Friday), but the modest $15 million production budget voids any cause for alarm at the (mostly expected) drop-off by the sequel. Magic Mike XXL's first day was also 73 percent ahead of Entourage's opening day, 50 percent stronger than fellow July 4 weekend release Tammy's last year, and 19 percent ahead of This Is the End (all three were Wednesday openers). While critics haven't been as thrilled with the sequel (59 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), the film has a modest 75 percent Flixster score and received an encouraging "A-" CinemaScore, according to the studio.
Paramount reports that Terminator Genisys opened to $8.93 million in second place on Wednesday, including Tuesday night's $2.3 million start. Unfortunately, this falls considerably short (more than 33 percent) of the previous film in the franchise, Terminator Salvation, which pulled a $13.4 million opening day on the Thursday before Memorial Day in 2009. Considering more schools are out of session for Genisys' debut, the reboot needed to pull a much stronger launch than this. The first-day take was also just 9 percent stronger than Public Enemies, which released on the same exact Wednesday in 2009 ahead of Independence Day. With critics' reviews in the cellar (25 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and early word of mouth heading south very fast (a 70 percent Flixster score just one day after release is alarming), the reboot will have to rely on overseas markets going forward as the chances of reaching $100 million domestically by the end of its run appear very slim.
Moving down to third place (for now), Disney/Pixar's Inside Out added $7.5 million yesterday, down just 20 percent from last Wednesday. With $208.34 million in the bank through 13 days of release, the strongly-received animated pic is pacing 37.5 percent ahead of Up and 17 percent behind Toy Story 3.
Jurassic World took in another $5.99 million on Wednesday for a 36.5 percent decline from last week. The mega-blockbuster's domestic tally now stands at $520.36 million, putting it 10 percent ahead of where Marvel's The Avengers was at the same point in release.
Filling out the top five, Ted 2 grossed $3.03 million yesterday, giving it a six-day domestic haul of $44.06 million. The comedy sequel is pacing 45 percent behind its predecessor.
Meanwhile, Max added $1.5 million yesterday, giving it $17.08 million through six days of play. That's a respectable 15 percent stronger performance than last summer's Earth to Echo through the same point.
Please note: grosses for Faith of Our Fathers were not reported in time for publishing.
By Daniel Garris
Inside Out grossed $8.78 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a second straight day. In the process, the critically acclaimed 3D computer animated blockbuster from Disney and Pixar surpassed the $200 million domestic milestone yesterday. Inside Out was up a healthy 27 percent over Monday and down 33 percent from last Tuesday. With a stronger than expected $200.84 million twelve-day take, Inside Out is currently running 8 percent ahead of the $185.91 million twelve-day gross of 2013's Monsters University and 18 percent behind the $244.03 million twelve-day take of 2010's Toy Story 3.
Jurassic World held steady in second with $7.47 million. The 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal and Legendary increased 14.5 percent over Monday and decreased 43 percent from last Tuesday. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $514.37 million through 19 days of release. The film is already the fifth highest grossing film of all-time without adjusting for ticket price inflation and before much longer will move past the $534.86 million final gross of 2008's The Dark Knight to move into fourth place. Jurassic World is running 10 percent ahead of the $468.27 million 19-day take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers.
Ted 2 took in $3.84 million to remain in third place. The Seth MacFarlane directed comedy sequel from Universal and MRC was up a modest 4 percent over Monday. Ted 2 was clearly affected by Warner's Magic Mike XXL and Paramount's Terminator Genisys both entering the marketplace on Tuesday evening. Ted 2 surpassed the $40 million mark yesterday and has grossed a significantly softer than expected $41.03 million in five days. That places the film a very disappointing 43 percent behind the $71.60 million five-day start of 2012's Ted.
Max continued to claim fourth place with $1.94 million. The modestly budgeted family film from Warner Bros. and MGM was up a very promising 31 percent over Monday's performance. Max has grossed $15.58 million in its first five days. That is in line with expectations and places the film 15 percent ahead of the $13.57 million five-day launch of last year's Earth to Echo (which opened on a Wednesday).
Fox's Spy rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.07 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy was up 13 percent over Monday and down a solid 37 percent from last Tuesday. Spy surpassed the $90 million mark yesterday and has grossed $90.48 million in 26 days, thanks in part to displaying strong holding power over the past two weeks.
Fandango's official press release:
LOS ANGELES - July 1, 2015 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans with more than 36 million unique visitors per month*, "Terminator Genisys" and "Magic Mike XXL," in their opening holiday weekend, are battling for the top position on Fandango's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, scoring 90 and 88 out of 100 points, respectively. "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" in their fourth and third weekends, follow closely behind with scores of 84 and 83 points, respectively.
The "Terminator" reboot is generating more advance tickets than seen for the summer action thriller, "San Andreas," at the same point in the sales cycle. Concurrently, "Mike" is also working its magic on moviegoers, outstripping the recent R-rated comedy, "Spy," in advance ticket sales on Fandango at the same point in the film's sales cycle.
"Two high-energy sequels are targeting very different audiences over the long holiday weekend," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "'Terminator Genisys' will appeal to action fans of all generations, while ‘Magic Mike XXL' is a fun romp that's tailor-made for a girls' night out."
According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Magic Mike XXL" moviegoers on Fandango:
· 93% are Channing Tatum fans;
· 86% will see the movie as part of a girls' night out;
· 81% saw the original "Magic Mike" in the theater;
· 51% would like to see the movie in a dine-in theater that serves alcohol;
· 71% selected Tatum as the returning "Mike" star with the most appeal;
· Former NFL star and current talk show host, Michael Strahan, was voted as the "XXL" newcomer that fans were most excited to see on the big screen.
On Fandango's movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," Karger interviews "Magic Mike XXL" stars Channing Tatum and Stephen "tWitch" Boss. "If you think about all the different choreographed positions we were in, that's hard, " reveals Boss. Tatum adds, "That's ‘Magic Mike' - it was like geometry or strip-ometry." The full episode can be found at http://www.fandango.com/WeekendTicket.
To celebrate the release of "Terminator Genisys," Fandango Movieclips is rolling out a helpful primer for the uninitiated at Things to Know Before You See Terminator Genisys. Fandango has also unveiled a colorful infographic about classic cinematic automatons at Robots, Androids and Cyborgs from the Movies.
About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.
*According to comScore.
Warner Bros. reports this morning that Magic Mike XXL posted $2.4 million on Tuesday night ahead of its full opening day today. Comparisons at this point are few given the sequel's mid-week release, but that figure does top the $2.1 million earned by the original pic with its Thursday midnight bow in late June 2012. Among recent mid-summer Tuesday night openers, it also bests the $2.0 million of last month's Entourage and This Is the End's $2.2 million in 2013.
Meanwhile, Paramount reports that Terminator: Genisys bowed to an estimated $2.3 million from 2,527 locations with shows starting at 7pm. The studio notes the evening show performance was in line with that of San Andreas ($2.7 million) and Hercules ($2.1 million), both of which opened on Thursday evenings. The studio also confirms the sequel/reboot's production budget to be $155 million.
For further comparison, 2013's Fourth of July weekend opener The Lone Ranger opened to a similar $2.0 million on Tuesday evening (July 2).
By Daniel Garris
Inside Out moved into first place on Monday with $6.92 million. Yesterday marked the fourth time Inside Out has led the daily box office thus far. The critically acclaimed 3D computer animated blockbuster from Disney and Pixar declined 57 percent from Sunday and a healthy 34 percent from last Monday. Inside Out has grossed a stronger than expected $192.06 million in eleven days and is set to surpass the $200 million domestic mark either today or Wednesday. The film is currently running 8 percent ahead of the $178.33 million eleven-day gross of 2013's Monsters University and 19 percent behind the $235.81 million eleven-day take of 2010's Toy Story 3.
Jurassic World placed in a close second with $6.53 million. The 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal and Legendary fell 62 percent from Sunday and 44 percent from last Monday. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $506.90 million through 18 days of release. The film is already the fifth highest grossing film of all-time without adjusting for ticket price inflation and before much longer will move past the $534.86 million final gross of 2008's The Dark Knight to move into fourth place. Jurassic World is running 9 percent ahead of the $463.35 million 18-day take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers.
Ted 2 continued to underwhelm on Monday with a third place take of $3.68 million. The Seth MacFarlane directed comedy sequel from Universal and MRC was down 59 percent from Sunday. The four-day total for Ted 2 stands at $37.19 million. The film is performing well below pre-release expectations and is running a disappointing 41 percent behind the $63.14 million four-day start of 2012's Ted.
Max followed in fourth place for the day with $1.48 million. The modestly budgeted family film from Warner Bros. and MGM was down a promising 55 percent from Sunday. Max has grossed $13.64 million in its first four days. That is in line with expectations and places the film 24 percent ahead of the $11.01 million four-day start of last year's Earth to Echo (which opened on a Wednesday).
Fox's Spy rounded out Monday's top five with $0.947 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy was down 61 percent from Sunday and down just 25 percent from last Monday. Thanks in part to strong holding power over the past two weeks, Spy has grossed $89.41 million in 25 days. The film is set to surpass the $90 million mark today.