Melissa McCarthy continues to prove her box office might with Spy, bringing in $30 million over the weekend, her third biggest opener as a lead, after Identity Thief and The Heat. Experts had predicted it closer to $35 million, but it's still a success, especially given that this is her first starring vehicle to be critically adored, with a 95% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Meanwhile, Insidious Chapter 3 actually beat it in the charts on Friday, but by the end of the weekend had slowed down to bring in $23 million, not nearly as much as the second movie's $40 million bow, and the critically savaged Entourage brought in $17 million since opening on Wednesday, but just $10 million over the three days. You'd think that means no more sequels for the boys, but who knows, that show just can't seem to die.
Last week's San Andreas came in a solid second, with $26 million and almost set to cross $100 easily, while Mad Max finally beat out Pitch Perfect in a weekend hold to round out the top five. In other news, Aloha fell 66% off what was already a weak opening, bringing in just $3.3 million for the weekend, and Avengers: Age of Ultron crossed $1.34 billion globally, knocking off Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 to become the fifth biggest movie of all time.
- Spy- $30 million
- San Andreas- $26.4 million
- Insidious Chapter 3- $23 million
- Entourage- $10.4 million
- Mad Max: Fury Road- $8 million
In limited release, Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy did well, opening in over 400 theaters for over $2 million, justifying a solid expansion as it goes wider. This movie was adored by critics and is one of those releases looking to hold on past the summer for Oscar season, if the critics come back for it at the end of the year, for something like Paul Dano's performance especially. Next week there could be the first $100 million opening since Avengers, with Jurassic World looking set to take the box office by storm, and the limited release of the Sundance hit Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. See you then everyone!