Star Trek Beyond was the #1 film for the weekend with an estimated $59.6 million opening, but that’s a 15% drop compared to the $70.1 million opening for Star Trek Into Darkness, and that’s not including the $13.5 million it carried into the weekend after opening on a Thursday.
As for projecting an overall domestic performance, Star Trek Beyond is probably looking at a domestic haul around $180-190 million, a continued decline when compared to the $228.7 million Into Darkness delivered and $257.7 million 2009’s Trek took in domestically. However, given Beyond’s $185 million budget, all eyes will now turn toward the film’s international performance.
In the UK it opened at #2 with an estimated $6.1 million, which is 15% below Star Trek and 37% below Into Darkness. In Germany the film opened in first with $4.5 million, 31% above Star Trek and 29% below Into Darkness and in Russia it opened #1 with $3.3 million, a 240% improvement over Star Trek and 13% above Into Darkness. It opened with $3 million in Australia as well as with $1 million in Taiwan, $932,000 in Italy, $912,000 in Thailand and $766,000 in Philippines. Upcoming key releases include France and Korea on August 18, Spain (Aug 19), Brazil (Sep 1), China and Mexico on September 2 and Japan on October 21.
Taking second this weekend was Illumination and Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets with an estimated $29.3 million, a strong third weekend performance as the film has now grossed over $260 million domestically. The 42% drop for the animated feature, along with the estimated $7.2 million for Finding Dory, as it became the ninth highest grossing domestic release of all-time, all took a chunk out of the debut of Fox’s Ice Age: Collision Course, which could only muster a $21 million opening and a fifth place finish for the weekend. Until now, no Ice Age film had opened with less than $41 million and the $21 million debut for the latest feature is a 55% drop compared to the $46.6 million opening for Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012.
Ice Age: Collision Course, however, is more of an international play than domestic as it has now grossed over $178 million overseas after opening in seven markets in early July. The film is now playing in 60 markets and still has 17 releases yet to come, including Italy (8/22) and China (8/23). It’s also of note the Ice Age franchise is now the biggest animated franchise globally, grossing over $3 billion at the worldwide box office.
Getting back to the domestic charts, topping the fifth Ice Age installment this weekend with a stellar debut performance is the James Wan-produced PG-13 thriller Lights Out, which brought in an estimated $21.6 million after scoring well with critics and earning a “B” CinemaScore from opening day audiences. The film’s demographic breakdown was almost in complete contrast to Star Trek Beyond with males making up 46% of the audience versus 54% female and 74% of the audience was under the age of 35. Depending on how it holds on, its domestic run should end up around $50-55 million.
Finishing in what is currently a tie for third place with Lights Out was Sony’s Ghostbusters reboot, which dropped 53% for an estimated $21.6 million. The drop is just a step above the 51.4% average when you compare to other films that had similar opening weekends and also scored a “B+” CinemaScore, but for director Paul Feig and star Melissa McCarthy this is a much larger drop than they are used to. The duo’s three previous films together saw an average 34.4% second weekend drop. Ghostbusters carries a $144 million budget and has grossed $86.8 million so far domestically and just over $120 million worldwide.
Finishing outside the top ten we find CineGalaxy’s release of Kabali, which entered the weekend with $1.9 million from Thursday alone and ended up adding an estimated $2.15 million from 236 theaters for a 13th place finish over the weekend. The film’s four-day cume stands at just over $4 million.
Next weekend sees the release of Jason Bourne into more than 3,900 theaters, the R-rated comedy Bad Momsfrom STX will debut in approximately 3,000 theaters and Lionsgate will debut Nerve on Wednesday in approximately 2,600 theaters.