Weekend box office: Sicario can’t beat Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Launching a sequel without the main character returning is a risky business, but it seems to have paid off for SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO (click the link to read our review).  The SICARIO sequel opened with close to $20 million at the weekend box office and although it did pretty well considering it was up against some blockbuster tentpoles.  It’s hard to compare the sequel’s performance to the original since the original had a slow roll out, but it looks like the sequel will do slightly better.  The other new movie of the weekend was UNCLE DREW, which came in fourth place.  That’s a really nice opening for the Kyrie Irving led film, especially since I imagine no one in the state of Ohio went to go see it.  Meanwhile, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM and INCREDIBLES 2 continue to do very well.

Next week sees the release of the third Marvel film of the year, ANT MAN AND THE WASP.  No one is expecting the Ant-Man sequel to break records since this franchise is one of Marvel’s smaller properties.  But early word on the film is very positive, so it should do well enough for first place.  Also opening up is the prequel, THE FIRST PURGE, which will probably do well since there’s a lack of horror movies at the box office right now and the Purge films have a committed audience.  Finally, the documentary WHITNEY is also coming out and although documentaries don’t usually challenge for box office supremacy, I think WHITNEY will do well since America still has a fascination with Whitney Houston.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $60.3m

2. Incredibles 2 $45m

3. Sicario: Day of the Soldado $19.4m

4. Uncle Drew $16.7m

5. Ocean’s 8 $7.8m

6. Tag $5.5m

7. Deadpool 2 $3.5m

8. Sanju $2.7m

9. Solo: A Star Wars Story $2.5m

10. Hereditary $2.1m

(Deadline)

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