Weekend box office: Despicable Me 3 and Baby Driver shine while The House falls

Bad reviews can’t hurt an animated sequel to a successful franchise and so DESPICABLE ME 3 took the top spot at the weekend box office with around $82 million.  That haul will put it on pace with DESPICABLE ME 2, which is about where it was expected to land.  However, the bad reviews should hurt it’s long term numbers and I don’t expect it to match the second film’s lifetime gross.  But the exciting news of the weekend is the success of BABY DRIVER (click the link to read our review).  Maybe I’m just jaded, but it usually seems like fun, energetic and original movies like this are usually forgotten at the box office and forced to find legs on home video.  But with nearly $30 million, BABY DRIVER did well enough for second place and has gotten some much deserved recognition.  And then there’s THE HOUSE.  This might have been Will Ferrell’s worst marketed movie and I had even forgotten it was coming out.  It couldn’t crack the top ten and is definitely one of Ferrell’s worst openings, especially for a summer release.

Next week will clearly belong to SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING and the only question is how much money will it end up making?  The film will obviously do very well, but I’m not sure where it’s going to fall on the spectrum of Spider-Man movies.  The worst opening was $62 million from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and the best opening was $151 million from SPIDER-MAN 3.  My guess is Homecoming falls somewhere in the upper 90’s, but with good word of mouth, it should stay in the top ten for quite some time.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Despicable Me 3 $82.5m

2. Baby Driver $27.5m

3. Transformers: The Last Knight $16.1m

4. Wonder Woman $15.4m

5. Cars 3 $10m

6. The House $9.3m

7. 47 Meters Down $4.6m

8. The Beguiled $3.1m

9. The Mummy $2.7m

10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $2.4m

(Deadline)

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