Without much competition standing in its way, Warner Bros. animated epic DC League of Super-Pets soared to the top spot at the domestic box office, earning a solid $23 million in its opening frame, per Deadline. That number is on par with Universal/DreamWorks Animations’ The Bad Guys, which hauled in $23.95 million and went on to earn just under $100 million.
Audiences dig Super-Pets, awarding the adventure featuring the voices of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart an A- CinemaScore, which should help its long-term results. With nothing for families until Puss in Boots: The Last Wish in September, it should be fairly smooth sailing for Super-Pets going forward.
Elsewhere, B.J. Novak’s murder mystery comedy Vengeance took in $1.75 million from 998 theaters, while last week’s champ, Jordan Peele’s Nope, held firm with an $18.55 million second weekend (-58%) bringing its domestic total to $80.6 million.
The big news, however, is that Universal/Illumination’s Minions became the first animated film to cross the $300 million mark at the domestic box office in the Covid era, which is quite the feat. To date, the title has earned a whopping $320 million stateside and $710 million worldwide. Plus, you know, all that merchandising has got to total millions more for the studio.
Top Gun: Maverick also continued its astonishing run. The Tom Cruise epic took in another $8.2 million domestically, raising its total to $650.1 million. Abroad, the action adventure has soared to $671 million, meaning the Jerry Bruckheimer produced pic has reached $1.321B worldwide. Maverick should soar past Jurassic World ($653 million) this week, and might surpass Titanic ($659 million) by the weekend on the all-time domestic chart. Whether it catches Avengers: Infinity War ($678 million) and Black Panther ($700 million) remains to be seen.
Worldwide, Maverick sits just below The Last Jedi ($1.332 billion) at No. 16 on the all-time earner list but may have enough juice to cruise past Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($1.342 billion) and Black Panther ($1.347 billion). Though, the odds of Cruise catching Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.402 billion) appear slim.
DOMESTIC TOP 10
1.) DC League of Super-Pets 4,314 theaters, Fri $9.3M, Sat $7.7M, Sun $5.8M, 3-day $23M/Wk 1
2. ) Nope (Uni) 3,807 (+22) theaters, Fri $5.8M (-70%)/3-day $18.55M (-58%)/Total $80.6M/Wk 2
3.) Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney) 3,650 (-720) theaters, Fri. $3.75M (-41%), Sat $5.1M, Sun $4.1M, 3-day $13.1M (-41%)/Total $301.5M /Wk 4
4.) Minions: Rise of Gru (Uni) 3,579 theaters (-237), Fri $3.3M (-37%), Sat. $4.1M, Sun $3.3M, 3-day $10.88M (-40%), Total: $320.4M/Wk 5
5.) Top Gun: Maverick (Par) 3,008 (-152) theaters, Fri $2.4M (-11%), Sat $3.3M, Sun $2.5M, 3-day $8.2M (-20%), Total $650.1M/Wk 10
6.) Where the Crawdads Sings (Sony) 3,526 theaters (-124), Fri $2.3M (-26%), Sat $2.8M, Sun $2.3M, 3-day $7.5M (-27%)/Total $53.5M/Wk 3
7.) Elvis (WB) 2,901 (-204) theaters, Fri $1.7M (-7%), Sat $2.2M, Sun $1.88M, 3-day $5.8M (-11%) Total $129M/Wk 6
8.) The Black Phone (Uni) 1,638 (-417) theaters, Fri $770K (-30%), Sat $990K, Sun $740K, 3-day $2.5M (-29%)/Total $83.1M/Wk 6
9.) Jurassic World Dominion (Uni) 1,747 (-420) theaters, Fri $610K (-30%), Sat $840K, Sun $630K, 3-day $2.08M (-33%), Total $369.4M/Wk 7
10.) Vengeance (Foc) 998 theatres, Fri $660K, Sat $630K, Sun $460K, 3-day $1.75M/Wk 1