Box Office: DC League of Super-Pets underwhelms in first place

DC League of Super-Pets finished atop the box office this weekend, but it shows that the summer movie season is starting to cool off as it debuts below its tracking numbers.

DC League of Super-Pets grossed $23 million over the weekend, below the $25-30 million the film had been tracking and the $30 million i predicted Earlier this week. Warners put a lot of marketing push into this film, which is why most thought it might have soared beyond its original tracking. Throw in the voice talents of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, and we had a movie that seemed destined for greater box office success. It’s hard to pinpoint why the film underperformed a bit, but it should be noted that the opening is pretty solid for a piece of original animation in the marketplace right now. There are some comparisons to Dreamworks Animations The Bad Guys is being made here as the film opened to $23.95 million earlier this year and managed to top it with $96.6 million. It’s possible DC League of Super-Pets could have similar legs or even better due to the target audience being out of school and more eager to catch the film during weekday screenings. Super pet also received an “A-” CinemaScore, indicating solid word of mouth. Budgeted at $89 million, DC League of Super-Pets also grossed $18.4 million from 64 overseas markets for a worldwide opening of $41.4 million.

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Drops to second place and most in line with me predictions is Nix, with a gross of DKK 18.5 million. That’s a 58% drop, which is pretty much the norm for the horror genre and even more so when the reaction to one of their films is a bit more mixed. To date, Nix has grossed $80.5 million at the domestic box office, and a final gross of $100 million is still very much in the sights.

In third place we find Thor: Love and Thunder with a gross of $13 million, down 42% from the previous weekend. As expected, the Thor sequel is starting to level off a bit after suffering steeper declines in weekends two and three. The good news is that Thor: Love and Thunder has crossed the $300 million mark with a current domestic total of $301.5 million. Worldwide, the film has also grossed a healthy $662.4 million at the worldwide box office.

Minions: The Rise of Gru holding firm against the presence of the DC League of Super-Pets with a gross of $10.8 million. That’s down 40%, which is pretty solid considering it faced bigger kid-friendly competition this weekend. Minions: The Rise of Gru is truly the animation success story of the year, as it is the first animated film during the pandemic to cross the $300 million mark. To date, Minions: The Rise of Gru has grossed $320.4 million at the domestic box office.

Rounding out the top five is Top Gun: Maverick, with another steady team to gross $8.2 million. That’s another modest drop of 20% Top Gun the sequel continues to be the movie of the summer. To date, Top Gun: Maverick has grossed $650.1 million domestically and has cleared $1.3 billion at the global box office.

What are YOUR thoughts on this weekend’s box office results?

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