Box Office Predictions: DC League of Super-Pets aims to be the new top choice for kids and families

We’re in the final frame of July as the summer movie season begins to wind down, but one last major animated feature until November is poised to steal some of the box office’s kids and family mojo Minions: The Rise of Gru. DC League of Super-Pets aims to be the new top choice for kids and families and hopes to shine where Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank failed two weeks ago.

Minions: The Rise of Gru became the first animated film from the Covid era to cross the $300 million mark at the domestic box office as it has managed to be a big draw with family audiences since opening over the Fourth of July weekend. Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank wasn’t a big enough draw to pull that audience away from Minions, but as it heads into its fifth weekend, a bigger brand could make that audience want to test another product. DC may be having a questionable time with some of its live-action efforts, but the DC Comics branding should be better on the animated front. DC League of Super-Pets also has a big assist in the stellar voice casting of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. They have been actively promoting the film, especially via social media, where they both have a large following.

Reviews for DC League of Super-Pets are solid at the time of writing, with a 75% fresh rating on Rotten tomatoes. Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank lacked stellar reviews, so that was another drawback that the film had to recover from, and it didn’t. The film also has the potential to get some serious legs if audiences respond because it’s the last animated effort on deck until November. It can monopolize the family audience in a big way in the coming weeks. As for how the movie starts, I’m calling for a $30 million opening DC League of Super-Pets.

Nix falls to second place in the weekend, and a big drop is in the cards because the sci-fi/horror genre typically sees a steep drop in weekend two, and that’s especially true when the response to the film is particularly polarizing. Some people LOVE Nix, while others were more lukewarm to negative towards the finished product. I still think that years later, Nix will be re-evaluated as one of Jordan Peele’s best films, but today we have to settle for an opinion that seems to be split right down the middle. Although this weekend will see a sharp drop, I think the film will level off a bit in the coming weeks. I predict an $18 million second weekend to Nix.

Thor: Love and Thunder will slip to third place and likely level out enough not to see another 50%+ drop this weekend. The potential good news for the Marvel release is that it will likely cross the $300 million mark at the domestic box office this weekend, representing another win, at least financially, for the MCU. I predict a $13 million weekend Thor: Love and Thunder.

Minions: The Rise of Gru should take fourth place at the weekend and it will face its toughest competition to date with DC League of Super-Pets coming in hot to take some of its thunder. Minions won’t exactly crater the film’s presence, but it will share more of the audience than when Paws of Fury tried to be a threat. Minions: The Rise of Gru should see around $10 million this weekend.

Rounding out the top five will be the most reliable films of the summer, Top Gun: Maverick. The film shows no signs of slowing down, as at least over the weekend it has been very thin. I wouldn’t be surprised if the film maintains these slight drops that it’s still a significant player by the time we get to Labor Day weekend in September. That’s how amazing its run has been since opening back on Memorial Day weekend. Top Gun: Maverick should see around $9 million this weekend.

What are YOUR box office predictions for the weekend?

TOP FIVE BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS:

  1. DC League of Super-Pets30 million dollars
  2. Nix 18 million dollars
  3. Thor: Love and Thunder13 million dollars
  4. Minions: The Rise of Gru10 million dollars
  5. Top Gun: Maverick9 million dollars

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