By Alex Edghill

Monday Evening Update: Minions repeated atop the weekly like board this past week with a net gain of 74,589 likes. It was one of the lowest totals of the year to lead the weekly leaderboard as no big new trailers or announcements dropped to speak of.

It was a close fight for the top as Paper Towns finished just 51 tweets behind Minions. The film has remained off the radar for much of the last couple months after it saw some hefty bumps thanks to earlier trailers. The main comparison here I'm looking at is The Fault In Our Stars which had around 1.5 million likes six weeks prior to its release. Even with an opening of half Stars (~$25 million) you would have to think that the studio would be happy considering the lack of star power and undoubtedly small budget.

Third place was only 2,000 likes away from top spot as Ted 2 continued to have a strong run on Facebook. At 21.6 million likes it is second only to Minions amongst upcoming films which we are tracking, yes even ahead of titans such as Star Wars and Hunger Games. That's the good news. If we look a little closer we can see its actually only seen a 600k like increase in 2015 which puts it not even in the top 15 on the year so far. It still has a few weeks left to release and considering that the original made over $500 million worldwide this is going to do well regardless of how the critics respond but whether it can match the heights of the first remain to be seen.

Inside Out made its first appearance in the top 5, barely, as it rose to just over 200k likes. With just a week and a bit till release this is really flying under the radar. Early buzz has been overwhelmingly positive and with it appealing primarily to a younger non-Facebook demographic these lower numbers don't necessarily mean anything bad. By comparison, Big Hero 6 had a very similar ~240k likes the same distance before release. I expect a solid opening and great legs into the Summer for the film.

Facebook Top 5 Movies by Like Increase for the last week Ending Sunday June 8th

Rank Release Movie Likes Previous Change % Change
1 07/10/15 Minions 29,909,533 29,697,375 212,158 0.71%
2 09/25/15 Hotel Transylvania 2 8,982,461 8,829,201 153,260 1.74%
3 06/26/15 Ted 2 21,773,796 21,702,652 71,144 0.33%
4 07/01/15 Magic Mike XXL 1,852,444 1,811,752 40,692 2.25%
5 07/01/15 Terminator Genisys 1,168,592 1,129,940 38,652 3.42%

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Updated with studio actuals 6.8.15

San Andreas rocked the global box office again this weekend, holding on to the top spot with $97.7 million from ~24,015 screens across 68 markets. The Dwayne Johnson vehicle has grossed $188.5 million overseas and $286.97 million globally. San Andreas opened well across Asia with China accounting for an estimated $34 million over the weekend and $51 million since its opening Tuesday. Despite public health concerns over MERS, South Korea came in at #1 with $7.25 million from 851 screens, and Hong Kong shook up $2.3 million for 72% of the weekend box office from 85 screens. 

Among holdovers, Mexico continues to perform well, dropping just 34% from last weekend for an impressive $6.7 million from 2,655 screens and $21.3 million total. Brazilian cinemas welcomed moviegoers over their Corpus Christi holiday with $3.0 million from 782 screens, raising the cume to $7.5 million after two weekends. San Andreas came in at #1 in France ($1.5 million/$5.25 million cume), Argentina ($1.9 million, $4.3 million cume), Colombia ($1.35 million/$3.8 million cume), Chile ($1.2 million/$3.15 million cume), and Peru ($1.0 million/$3.2 million cume), and #2 in the UK/Ireland ($2.7 million/$12.9 million) and Germany (1.0 million/$3.8 million cume). San Andreas opens June 26 in Spain.

Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy had international audiences in stitches this weekend as Spy netted $25.43 million from 7,937 screens across 65 territories, raising its overseas cume to $56.37 million and its global tally to $85.45 million. Strong openings include #1 in the UK/Ireland with $3.92 million on 530 screens (93% of Bridesmaids and 150% of The Heat), #1 in Russia with $3.17 million on 1,616 screens (more than double the lifetime gross of Bridesmaids), #2 in Mexico with $1.69 million on 944 screens (the biggest opening weekend ever for Paul Feig/Melissa McCarthy), and #1 in Germany with $1.34 million on 599 screens (117% of The Heat). Spy also had the highest grossing opening weekend for a Paul Feig/Melissa McCarthy collaboration in Brazil ($994K on 305 screens), UAE ($1.01 million on 53 screens), Thailand ($720K on 267 screens), Holland ($427K on 97 screens), Norway ($406K on 160 screens), Ukraine ($433K on 167 screens), Sweden ($368K on 139 screens), Peru ($298K on 95 screens), Denmark ($282K on 68 screens), and Central America ($297K on 133 screens). The comedy held well in South Korea ($2.15 million/$14.56 million cume) despite a MERS scare affecting the overall market. Australia came in at #3 in its third weekend of release down just 26% from last weekend ($1.57 million/$7.86 million cume). Spy opens in France on June 17.

Tomorrowland posted an estimated $13.8 million in its third weekend of international release from 77 territories. The Disney sci-fi/adventure flick has now grossed $93.5 million after opening in all of its planned overseas markets and $169.7 million globally. Tomorrowland opened at #1 this weekend in Japan with an estimated $2.1 million, regaining the top spot for Disney after Cinderella lost her throne last weekend. China, the film's top performing overseas territory, tumbled 83% from its first weekend for $1.45 million and a disappointing 13-day total of $17.8 million. Tomorrowland's international breakdown: Russia ($7.4 million), UK/Ireland ($7.4 million), Mexico ($5.1 million), France ($4.9 million), Italy ($3.0 million), Germany ($2.7 million), Spain ($2.4 million), Australia ($2.3 million), Taiwan ($2.2 million), Thailand ($2.1 million), Japan ($2.1 million), South Korea ($1.8 million), Brazil ($1.6 million) and other territories ($30.6 million).

Doraemon Stand By Me continued its surprising run in China this weekend with $13.45 million for a total of $73 million after 11 days of release. Doraemon's China haul has now surpassed its entire Japanese run ($66.7 million) and sits as the third highest grossing animated film of all-time in China behind Big Hero 6 ($84.63 million) and Kung Fu Panda 2 ($94.75 million)

Mad Max: Fury Road guzzled down an additional $11.1 million this weekend from 6,985 screens in 70 international territories. The well-received action flick from Aussie George Miller is up to $184.1 million overseas and $314.76 million globally. Top ten markets are: South Korea ($2.5 million/$27.2 million cume), UK/Ireland ($1.2 million/$24.1 million cume), Australia ($1.2 million/$14.8 million cume), France ($1.05 million/$15.5 million cume), Brazil ($994K/$10.4 million cume), Germany ($518K/$8.2 million cume), Russia ($374K/$12.9 million cume), and Mexico ($279K/$7.65 million cume). There is still no confirmed released for China.

Avengers: Age of Ultron pulled in another $7.0 million in its seventh weekend of overseas release from 91 territories. It has now grossed $910.2 million overseas and $1.3482 billion globally to become the 5th highest grossing film of all-time. Ultron's international breakdown: China ($233.6 million), South Korea ($82.2 million), UK/Ireland ($72.8 million), Mexico ($50.4 million), Brazil ($47.7 million), Russia ($33.4 million), France ($33.3 million), Germany ($32.3 million), Australia ($31.1 million), Italy ($18.4 million), Taiwan ($18.4 million), Hong Kong ($18.3 million), India ($16.8 million), the Philippines ($14.1 million), Argentina ($13.9 million), Malaysia ($13.3 million), Spain ($13.0 million), Thailand ($11.6 million), and other territories ($155.4 million). Ultron opens in Japan on July 4.

With an estimated $4.6 million from 46 territories this weekend, the Barden Bellas of Pitch Perfect 2 have now sung their way to the tune of $89 million overseas and $250 million worldwide. The UK and Ireland, where the ladies took 5th place with $1.2 million this weekend, tops all international territories with a 24-day total of $25.2 million. Fat Amy's (actress Rebel Wilson) home country of Australia grossed $765k this weekend for a 31-day total of $20.8 million, while Germany - home to the acapella group battling the Barden Bellas - earned $655K for a 25-day total of $10.3 million. Pitch Perfect 2 still has 12 more stops on its worldwide tour. Chile is next on June 25.

Poltergeist terrified international audiences into coughing up another $2.92 million from 3,070 screens across 42 territories this weekend. The horror remake from 20th Century Fox is up to $24.31 million overseas and $68.62 million globally. Brazil is the top performing territory and grabbed $959K this weekend from 456 screens for $5.18 million after three weekends of release. 

Entourage crashed the party in six international markets this weekend grossing an estimated $3.1 million from 454 screens. The big screen adaptation of HBO's hit series is up to $20.9 million globally. Australia was friendliest to Vince and his boys, tossing them $2.6 million from 310 screens for the top spot Down Under. Entourage rolls up to the UK/Ireland on June 19.

Bollywood hit PK held well again in China this weekend, dropping 40% for $2.2 million and $16.44 million after 17 days of release. The comedy starring Aamir Khan beat out Tomorrowland despite playing on fewer screens. 

DreamWorks Animation's Home found $2.15 million from 1,854 screens in 45 territories. It has made $202.87 million overseas and $374.79 million globally.

Films with less than $2 million overseas this weekend (Weekend Total/Overseas Total/Global Total
Aloha - $1.62 million/$1.65 million/$17.93 million
Woman in Gold - $996K/$12.14 million/$44.06 million
Furious 7 - $720K/$1.160 billion/$1.510 billion
The Longest Ride - $570K/$21.67 million/$58.91 million
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 1) - $504K/$417.1 million/$754.2 million
Kaaka Muttai - $467K/$467K/$467K
The Maze Runner - $380K/$244.28 million/$346.7 million
Far From The Madding Crowd - $379K/$10.92 million/$20.81 million
Ex Machina - $273K/$10.95 million/$34.88 million
Unfriended - $238K/$12.14 million/$44.63 million
The Nut Job - $143K/$55.5 million/$119.76 million
Suite Francaise - $49K/$8.99 million/$8.99 million
Paddington - $10K/$183.32 million/$259.37 million

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Sunday Update: As had been widely expected, Fox's Spy debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $30.0 million. However, the Melissa McCarthy led comedy opened below expectations, which had tended to range from $35 million to $40 million. Despite very strong critical reviews, Spy wasn't able to open as strong as some of McCarthy's previous efforts, as it opened 23 percent below the $39.12 million start of 2013's The Heat and 13 percent below the $34.55 million debut of 2013's Identity Thief. The potential for Spy appears to have been limited by the stronger than expected performance of Warner's San Andreas thus far and by audiences who are waiting for Universal's Jurassic World to arrive next weekend.

Spy took in $10.30 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.5 million from Thursday shows that started at 5 p.m.), increased a slim 8 percent on Saturday to gross $11.13 million and is estimated to decline 23 percent on Sunday to gross $8.58 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.91 to 1. The film received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore. In all likelihood Spy will hold up well going forward, as McCarthy's films have a history of displaying strong holding power. However, competition will be fierce throughout June with the arrival of the mentioned Jurassic World, Disney's Inside Out and Universal's Ted 2.

On the heels of last weekend's break-out start, San Andreas experienced a very respectable second weekend hold with an estimated second place take of $26.44 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D disaster film declined 52 percent from last weekend. San Andreas is on the brink of the $100 million domestic mark with a ten-day start of $99.07 million. That places the film 22.5 percent ahead of the $80.88 million ten-day take of 2013's G.I. Joe: Retaliation and 20 percent behind the $123.70 million ten-day gross of 2013's World War Z. San Andreas will hope to see its healthy word of mouth help withstand the direct hit it will take from Jurassic World next weekend.

Focus' Insidious: Chapter 3 followed in third place with an estimated $23.0 million. The third chapter of the horror franchise from Gramercy and Blumhouse Productions debuted on the low end of pre-release expectations. Insidious: Chapter 3 opened a significant 43 percent below the $40.27 million debut of 2013's Insidious: Chapter 2; but had been widely expected to open softer than its predecessor due in part to its nature as a prequel. Insidious: Chapter 3 opened just ahead of the recent $22.62 million three-day start of Fox's Poltergeist and the close proximity of the films to one another may have ultimately weakened the break-out potential for both.

Insidious: Chapter 3 opened with $10.41 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.55 million from Thursday evening shows), fell a sizable 27 percent on Saturday to gross $7.58 million and is estimated to decline 34 percent on Sunday to gross $5.01 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at an expectedly front-loaded 2.21 to 1. Insidious: Chapter 3 received a B+ rating on CinemaScore, which is very healthy by horror film standards. Going forward Insidious: Chapter 3 will hope to hold up a bit better than its predecessor did (a feat that was accomplished by The Purge: Anarchy last summer).

Meanwhile, Warner's Entourage was off to a soft estimated fourth place start of just $10.42 million. The theatrical version of the HBO comedy series opened below expectations, which had been strengthened due in part to the film's strong online pre-sales earlier in the week. Since its release on Wednesday, Entourage has grossed $17.80 million in its first five days. That places the film 27 percent behind the $24.48 million five-day start of 2012's The Dictator. Entourage has been very front-loaded thus far, especially for a film of its size. The film's five-day to three-day ratio of 1.71 to 1 strongly indicates that the film only appealed to the series' pre-existing fanbase and isn't a good sign going forward. Given its significant front-loading thus far, the film's strong A- rating on CinemaScore likely won't make much of an impact.

Fellow Warner Bros. release Mad Max: Fury Road rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $7.97 million. The critically acclaimed action film starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron was down a respectable 44 percent from last weekend. Thanks in part to very solid holding power for its genre, Mad Max: Fury Road continues to perform on the very high end of expectations with a 24-day take of $130.80 million.

Universal's Pitch Perfect 2 claimed sixth place with an estimated $7.74 million. The successful musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick was down a sizable 48 percent from last weekend. While it remains front-loaded, in the bigger picture Pitch Perfect 2 is still exceeding expectations in a big way with a 24-day gross of $161.02 million.

Disney's Tomorrowland placed in seventh with $7.02 million. The pricy Brad Bird directed sci-fi film starring George Clooney was down a sharp 51 percent. Tomorrowland has grossed a softer than expected $76.24 million in 17 days and has clearly taken a hit from mixed word of mouth on the heels of what was already an underwhelming start over Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday Update: Insidious Chapter 3 pulled out a close first place finish on Friday with an estimated $10.4 million. That figure is off 49 percent from its predecessor's $20.23 million first day back in September 2013, but it is 11 percent ahead of the recent Poltergeist remake's $9.35 million opening day. Given Chapter 3's nature as a prequel lacking the main stars of the first two films, it wasn't expected to quite live up to the previous film's box office success. Still, Blumhouse has a history of keeping budgets in check, so this is still another undeniable financial victory for the studio. Critics have given the film a 59 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, while word of mouth is only somewhat mixed at a 73 percent score this morning. BoxOffice is projecting a $23.9 million opening weekend.

In a close second place, Spy pulled $10.3 million in its first day of play, and will certainly win the weekend overall. The latest Melissa McCarthy-Paul Feig collaboration was off 25 percent from their opening day of The Heat ($13.72 million) two years ago, but Spy has strong enough word of mouth and buzz to drive it through this weekend and well beyond. The film boasts an impressive 95 percent score from critics, and a respectable 85 percent from RT users. For the weekend, BoxOffice projects a $32 million bow.

San Andreas was off 58 percent from its first day last week to $7.65 million on Friday, a solid drop for the disaster flick starring Dwayne Johnson. The film's eight-day total is $80.28 million, putting it 22 percent ahead of the pace of Johnson-starred G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Look for a $25 million sophomore frame.

In fourth place yesterday was Entourage, adding $3.705 million. That gives the flick $11.09 million in the bank through three days of release, and puts it on pace for a generally soft $10.9 million over the three-day weekend and an overall $18.28 million five-day (Wednesday through Sunday) opening.

Pitch Perfect 2 filled out the top five yesterday as it eased 43 percent from last Friday to $2.6 million. The hit comedy sequel has earned a stellar $155.88 million to-date, and should net around $8.4 million this weekend.

Meanwhile, Mad Max: Fury Road and Tomorrowland were in a close battle for sixth place on Friday. The former pulled $2.31 million yesterday and is projected to take in $8.3 million this weekend, while the latter Disney pic grossed $2.15 million on Friday and could land around $8.1 million for its third frame.

Last but not least, Avengers: Age of Ultron took in $1.825 million yesterday. With a $433.64 million domestic take thus far, the Marvel sequel will overtake E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial ($435.1 million) on the all-time domestic chart sometime on Saturday.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official weekend estimates from the studios.

Friday Update #2: According to early reports, here's how things are shaping up for the weekend:

Spy: $37 million-$39 million
Insidious: Chapter 3: $26 million
Entourage: $15 million 

Check back tomorrow for official studio numbers and updated projections. 

Friday Update #1: Sources report that Insidious Chapter 3 claimed $1.55 million from early shows beginning at 7pm Thursday night. That's just under half of what The Conjuring pulled ($3.3 million) in July 2013, and slightly above the $1.4 million of Poltergeist two weeks ago. The previous film in the Insidious franchise bowed to $1.5 million from 10pm Thursday shows, although that Chapter 2 flick debuted in September.

Spy took in an estimated $1.5 million from even earlier shows beginning at 5pm yesterday. The latest Melissa McCarthy/Paul Feig collaboration is riding a wave of strong pre-release buzz and critical reviews into a weekend it's widely expected to win. By comparison, The Heat pulled $1.0 million from 10pm Thursday night shows in June 2013.

Meanwhile, Entourage's second full day of release posted a sharp 63 percent decline from Wednesday to an estimated $2.01 million on Thursday. With $7.38 million in the bank through two days of release, it's looking safe to say the film will fall well short of the optimistic expectations behind it following reports of strong pre-sales. The flick could still see a solid rebound on Friday, but it will come in a distant third among this weekend's openers.

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By Daniel Garris

Warner's San Andreas was up one spot from Wednesday to return to first place at the daily box office on Thursday with $3.54 million. The Dwayne Johnson led disaster film was down a noteworthy 10 percent from Wednesday, as the Thursday evening releases of Focus' Insidious: Chapter 3 and Fox's Spy, as well as Game 1 of the NBA Finals all took a toll in general on films aimed at adults on Thursday. San Andreas was easily the week's top film with a stronger than expected seven-day start of $72.63 million. That places the film 16 percent ahead of the $62.56 million seven-day take of 2013's G.I. Joe: Retaliation and 23 percent behind the $93.92 million seven-day gross of 2013's World War Z.

Fellow Warner Bros. release Entourage placed in second on Thursday with $2.01 million. The theatrical adaptation of the HBO comedy series was down one spot and a very sharp 63 percent from Wednesday's opening day performance. Between the relative rush-out of fans on Tuesday evening and the large daily percentage drop-off on Thursday from Wednesday, Entourage is showcasing clear signs of significant front-loading thus far. As a result, whether or not the film can rebound today will be extremely important for it going forward. The two-day total for Entourage stands at $7.38 million, which is softer than had been expected due in part to the film's strong online pre-sales.

Universal's Pitch Perfect 2 was up one spot from Wednesday to move into third place with $1.278 million. The successful musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick was down just 3 percent from Wednesday and down 37 percent from last Thursday. Pitch Perfect 2 placed in second for the week with $20.58 million. That was down 54.5 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to a stronger than expected $153.28 million.

Warner's Mad Max: Fury Road followed very closely behind in fourth with $1.275 million. The critically acclaimed action film starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron was down a significant 12 percent from Wednesday and down 42 percent from last Thursday. Mad Max: Fury Road took third place this week with $20.54 million. That represented a 47 percent decline from the previous week and places the film's three-week total at $122.83 million.

Disney's Tomorrowland rounded out the day's top five with $1.257 million. The pricy Brad Bird directed sci-fi film starring George Clooney was down a slim 1 percent from Wednesday and down a healthy 31 percent from last Thursday. Tomorrowland claimed fourth place this week with $19.83 million. That represented a sharp 60 percent decline from the film's opening week performance. The two-week total for Tomorrowland stands at a softer than expected $69.21 million.

Fellow Disney release Avengers: Age of Ultron took sixth place with $0.945 million. Marvel's blockbuster superhero sequel declined 3 percent from Wednesday and 33 percent from last Thursday. Avengers: Age of Ultron placed in fifth for the week with $15.66 million and has grossed $431.81 million through five weeks of release. The film is currently in tenth place on the all-time unadjusted domestic chart and over the weekend will surpass the $435.11 million lifetime gross of 1982's E.T. to move into ninth place.

Sony's Aloha rounded out its disappointing first week of release with a seventh place take of $0.633 million. The Cameron Crowe directed film starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams was down a troubling 15 percent from Wednesday. Aloha placed in sixth for the week with a modest seven-day start of $13.04 million.

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ent-andreas.pngWarner Bros. reports Entourage debuted in first place on Wednesday with $5.37 million, including Tuesday evening's $2.0 million early show grosses. While this represents a solid first day overall, this is a significant indicator of major front-loading for the HBO series-turned-film. By comparison, This Is the End earned $2.2 million from Tuesday evening shows in June 2013, 28 percent of its overall $7.82 million opening day. Entourage, however, pulled a larger share of 37 percent before Wednesday even began. With an "A-" CinemaScore and Fandango reporting healthy weekend sales, Entourage may yet prove to be back-loaded to the weekend, but expectations should definitely come back to the conservative side. If the flick were to follow the daily patterns of This Is the End, it would land around $14 million for the three-day weekend and $23 million for its overall five-day opening.

Moving down to second place yesterday, San Andreas added another $3.94 million yesterday. The film continues to topple expectations with a six-day domestic haul of $69.1 million, putting it 16 percent ahead of the pace of G.I. Joe: Retaliation and 22 percent behind World War Z.

Mad Max: Fury Road eased 37 percent from last week to $1.46 million on Wednesday. Its 20-day domestic total stands at $121.56 million, 8 percent ahead of where Prometheus stood at the same point.

Pitch Perfect 2 scored another $1.32 million yesterday for a 36 percent week-to-week decline. The hit sequel has earned $152.0 million through 20 days, 27 percent more than Neighbors.

Tomorrowland was off just 35 percent from last Wednesday to $1.276 million yesterday. The sci-fi adventure flick has tallied $67.96 million through 13 days of play, 16 percent behind the pace of Super 8.

Avengers: Age of Ultron took in $0.97 million yesterday for a 32 percent week-to-week drop. The Marvel sequel has now amassed $430.87 million domestically.

Meanwhile, Aloha added $0.75 million in seventh place yesterday, giving it a six-day tally of $12.41 million. Unfortunately, the Cameron Crowe flick hasn't caught the adoration of critics or audiences as many of his past films have. Aloha is running 1 percent behind where Crowe's Elizabethtown stood at the same point in release.

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