So the long-awaited all female reboot of Ghostbusters finally arrives, and overall the reviews were in the "kinda okay" range and the box office results turned out similarly. Now ordinarily I would say a 46 million dollar opening for a comedy is quite good, in fact it's Melissa McCarthy's best opening, who comes with a fanbase that tends to turn out for all of her movies. But with this one, the budget happened to be a much higher than usual 144 million, which makes this opening more along the lines of just "alright." Still, it's the highest opening for a comedy since last year's Pitch Perfect 2 opened with 69 million. With a "B+"Cinemascore, it's hard to tell if it will have lasting power like McCarthy's Spy or The Heat, so we'll just have to see if it holds on in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Secret Life of Pets repeated at No. 1 with another 50 million, bringing its total to 203 million, and Tarzan hung on in third, allowing it to cross the domestic mark of 100 million, much to the studio's surprise, although it won't recoup its massive production budget either. Finding Dory dropped to fourth with a new domestic haul of 445 million, while Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates rounded out the top five, dropping 55 percent since last week.
- The Secret Life of Pets- 50.6 million
- Ghostbusters- 46 million
- The Legend of Tarzan- 11.1 million
- Finding Dory- 11 million
- Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates- 7.5 million
In limited release, Woody Allen's Cafe Society posted the biggest PTA of the year, earning 355k from 5 locations for an average of 71k, proving the director's older audience is still out there waiting for something to go see. Next week it's Star Trek Beyond and the horror release Lights Out, both of which are surprising with very positive critical reception so far, so we'll see if they can break out. See you then.