Weekend Box Office Breakdown: 7/7/17-7/9/17

Welcome back folks! The weekend is nearly over and that means its time for another Weekend Box Office Breakdown! You know the drill, we do the numbers, talk about them, find some deeper meaning in the business that is Hollywood and hopefully learn something.

As always let’s start off with the numbers courtesy of Box Office Mojo!

  1. Spider-Man: Homecoming – $117,015,000 – New Release
  2. Despicable Me 3 – $33,998,875 – 53.1% Drop
  3. Baby Driver – $12,750,000 – 38.0% Drop
  4. Wonder Woman – $10,135,000 – 35.5% Drop
  5. Transformers: The Last Knight – $6,300,000 – 62.7% Drop

Whelp, I guess people still have some love in their hearts for our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man as Spider-Man: Homecoming comes in as the second biggest opening weekend for any Spider-Man film, narrowly beating out the first Spider-Man movie back in 2002.  Sadly, the biggest opening weekend still belongs to the God-awful Spider-Man 3 but with as good as it seems Homecoming maybe, just maybe, the next one will dethrone Spider-Man 3.  I am hoping to see Spider-Man: Homecoming this week and will post a review shortly after!

The 53.1% Week 1 to Week 2 drop for Despicable Me 3 seems about right.  Cars 3 took a similar drop of 55.2% in its second week and while people may have been more interested in seeing Despicable Me 3 there is no doubt in my mind that Spider-Man: Homecoming stole some of Despicable Me 3’s audience this weekend. Opening up against, or even within a week of, a major superhero movie these days seems to be getting harder and harder.

As I’ve said week over week, great movies with good word of mouth, end up making tons of money at the box office and we can clearly see that illustrated this weekend as both Baby Driver and Wonder Woman took sub-40% drops.  This is really getting to be old news for Wonder Woman as the best film in the DC Cinematic Universe continues to pile up the cash and hopefully signal a very welcome course correction for the Warner Bros. franchise.  After this weekend, Wonder Woman has surpassed both Man of Steel and Suicide Squad in global box office numbers and is the highest grossing DCEU movie domestically by a wide margin.  Baby Driver‘s 38% drop is also phenomenal considering it is up against a major blockbuster, tent-pole film in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Edgar Wright’s amazing tale of a getaway driver trying to leave his life of crime for the woman he loves is both a timeless premise and very welcome original movie. I am ecstatic for everyone involved in the making of it.  If you haven’t had a chance to or have been on the fence about going to see either of these two films, please go, they are both wonderful.  If you need further encouragement, see my review for Baby Driver here or my non-spoiler review for Wonder Woman here  (or if you have seen Wonder Woman and want a more in-depth review, see my spoiler review!).

Last and maybe least in the Top 5 this week is Transformers: The Last Knight which keeps taking hit after hit.  I was planning on checking out Transformers while it is still in theaters but with Spider-Man out and War for the Planet of the Apes, Dunkirk, and Valerian on the horizon, I doubt Transformers will be getting any box office contribution from me.

Looking ahead to next week presents an interesting showdown.  War for the Planet of the Apes is tracking at about a $51 million opening weekend (a significant drop over Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which opened at $72 million) so depending on how many people go see the trilogy capping War for the Planet of the Apes and how many people held off a week to go see Spider-Man: Homecoming it could be a toss up for the #1 money maker next weekend!

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