By Daniel Garris
Spy took in $2.34 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a sixth consecutive and final day. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy from Fox was down 15 percent from Wednesday. Daily percentage declines were sharp in general for wide releases on Thursday, due in part to the strong Thursday evening launch of Universal's Jurassic World (which will be counted towards Friday's opening day performance) and in part to Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Spy was the week's top film with a respectable, but softer than expected seven-day start of $40.94 million. The film is currently running 13.5 percent behind the $47.29 million seven-day take of 2013's Identity Thief.
Warner's San Andreas held steady in second place with $1.76 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D disaster film was down a very sharp 25 percent from Wednesday and down 50 percent from last Thursday, as it clearly took an especially large hit from the arrival of Jurassic World. San Andreas placed in second for the week with $35.68 million. That represented a 51 percent decline from the film's opening week performance and places the film's two-week total at a significantly stronger than expected $108.31 million.
Focus' Insidious: Chapter 3 rounded out its first week of release with a third place take of $1.33 million. The third chapter of the low-budget horror franchise from Gramercy and Blumhouse Productions was down a sizable 20 percent from Wednesday's performance. Insidious: Chapter 3 placed in third for the week with a seven-day start of $30.07 million. That was on the low end of pre-release expectations and was just below the recent $30.47 million seven-day launch of Fox's Poltergeist.
Pitch Perfect 2 was up one spot from Wednesday to move into fourth place with $0.869 million. Universal's successful musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick declined just 7 percent from Wednesday, which represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases. Pitch Perfect 2 placed in sixth for the week with $11.43 million. The film was down 44 percent from the previous week and has grossed a significantly stronger than expected $164.72 million in four weeks.
Meanwhile, Warner's Entourage was down one spot and a massive 28 percent from Wednesday to land in seventh place with $0.675 million. The theatrical version of the HBO comedy series continues to be especially front-loaded thus far. Entourage placed in fourth for the week with $14.15 million and has grossed $21.53 million through nine days of release. The film is currently running 32 percent behind the $31.85 million nine-day take of 2012's The Dictator.
Universal Pictures International set the industry record for the fastest climb to $2 billion at the overseas box office, beating the previous June 15 record acheived by Fox in 2010. It is the second time in studio history that Universal reaches $2 billion outside of North America. Jurassic World's $17.24 million opening day in China, the sixth biggest debut of all time in the market, was a crucial component to hitting the $2 billion benchmark in record time. The studio's biggest international hits of the first semester include Fifty Shades of Grey ($403.6M Overseas), Furious 7 ($1.16B Overseas), and Pitch Perfect 2 ($90M Overseas).
"Our continued success this year has been driven by the studio's ability to build new franchises such as Fifty Shades of Grey and to nurture our homegrown franchises, which include the Pitch Perfect and Fast & Furious series," said Duncan Clark, President of Distribution, UCI. "We have benefitted from strategic dating choices, allowing our tentpole films breathing room to reach their full potential at the international box office. This was truly a team effort across the globe. We are proud to share this accomplishment with not only our leadership in London and Los Angeles, but with our local teams who worked tirelessly to make this one of the most exciting years in our studio's history."
Universal will continue to deliver high-profile titles throughout the rest of the summer, including R-rated comedies Ted 2 and Trainwreck; animated film Minions; and the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton.
Fox reports that Spy brought in another $2.76 million on Wednesday, giving the hit comedy a six-day tally of $38.6 million. That puts the latest Melissa McCarthy/Paul Feig collaboration 30 percent off the pace of 2013's The Heat and 8 percent ahead of Bridesmaids.
San Andreas claimed second yesterday with $2.36 million, off just 40 percent from the same day last week. The Dwayne Johnson-led disaster pic has earned an impressive $106.55 million through 13 days of play.
Insidious Chapter 3 pulled $1.66 million yesterday, giving the horror sequel a six-day tally of $28.74 million. That puts it 36 percent off the pace of its 2013 predecessor and 2 percent behind the Poltergeist remake.
In fourth place, Mad Max: Fury Road added another $0.95 million yesterday for a 35 percent decline from last Wednesday. Its domestic total now stands at $133.76 million.
Filling out the top five, Pitch Perfect 2 eased 29 percent from last Wednesday to $0.935 million yesterday. Its domestic haul is now $163.85 million.
Meanwhile, Entourage took in $0.93 million yesterday in sixth place. The HBO series adaptation's eight-day tally is $20.86 million.
By Daniel Garris
Spy took in $3.74 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fourth straight day. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy from Fox was up a healthy 25 percent over Monday's performance. Spy has grossed $35.83 million in five days. While Spy is having a respectable run thus far, it is also performing below expectations. In comparison to some of McCarthy's previous efforts, Spy is running 10 percent behind the $39.88 million five-day start of 2013's Identity Thief and 8 percent stronger than the $33.31 million five-day take of last year's Tammy.
Warner's San Andreas held steady in second place with $3.07 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D disaster film increased 16 percent over Monday and decreased 47 percent from last Tuesday. San Andreas continues to exceed expectations with a strong twelve-day take of $104.19 million. That places the film 19 percent ahead of the $87.67 million twelve-day gross of 2013's G.I. Joe: Retaliation and 21 percent behind the $132.19 million twelve-day gross of 2013's World War Z.
Focus' Insidious: Chapter 3 grossed $2.20 million to remain in third. On the heels of Monday's strong daily percentage hold, Insidious: Chapter 3 was only up 1 percent over Monday. The third chapter of the low-budget horror franchise from Gramercy and Blumhouse Productions has grossed $27.08 million in five days. That is on the low end of expectations and places the film 4 percent behind the recent $28.12 million five-day start of Fox's Poltergeist.
It was an extremely tight race for places four through seven on Monday, as fourth place and seventh place were separated by a slim $51,110 for the day.
Warner's Mad Max: Fury Road was up one spot and 17 percent over Monday to move into fourth with $1.152 million. The critically acclaimed action film starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron was down 42 percent from last Tuesday. Thanks in part to continued solid holding power, Mad Max: Fury Road continues to perform on the high end of expectations with a 26-day take of $132.81 million.
Disney's Tomorrowland was up two spots and 27 percent over Monday to round out Tuesday's top five with $1.145 million. The pricy Brad Bird directed sci-fi film starring George Clooney decreased 32 percent from last Tuesday. The 19-day total for Tomorrowland stands at a soft $78.46 million.
Pitch Perfect 2 held steady in sixth place with $1.122 million. Universal's successful musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick was up 20 percent over Monday and down 35.5 percent from last Tuesday. Pitch Perfect 2 has grossed a significantly stronger than expected $162.91 million in 26 days.
Meanwhile, Warner's Entourage was down three spots and a troubling 4 percent from Monday. While the theatrical version of the HBO comedy series likely took a larger hit from Game 3 of the NBA Finals than other wide releases on Tuesday, the film clearly continues to display significant front-loading nonetheless. Entourage has grossed a softer than expected $19.92 million in its first week of release and is running 31 percent behind the $28.79 million seven-day start of 2012's The Dictator.