Tupac Shakur biopic nets strong debut at box office

Are the movies grabbing people?” Dergarabedian said. Cars 3
Cars 3 had the worst opening in the series’ history — Cars opened to $60.1 million and Cars 2 to $66.1 million — and it was one of the lowest debut totals for the Pixar brand. It was also a disappointment compared with the top films over this weekend in 2015 and 2016, noted comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “All Eyez on Me and 47 Meters Down are the kind of movies people are looking for. Despite largely negative reviews, audiences gave the film an “A-” CinemaScore. I always say it comes down to product. As expected, the third installment in Disney and Pixar’s $1 billion Cars franchise easily took the top spot, but its estimated $53.5 million US in earnings told a more complicated tale. In 2015, Jurassic World raked in $106.6 million in its second weekend. The longtime-coming Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me earned $27.1 million to take third place on the charts. It opened to coincide with what would have been the late rapper’s 46th birthday on June 16. Entertainment/Associated Press)

All Eyez on Me
Amid the doldrums, lower-profile films were able to make a mark. Final domestic figures will be released Monday. It bodes well for Baby Driver and Atomic Blonde.”
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. A “C” CinemaScore, however, could mean the pic is dead in the water going forward. We’re now at about even, but the industry would like to see better than even.”

Gal Gadot in a scene from Wonder Woman. Canadian actor Nathan Fillion plays business car Sterling, pictured left, in the third instalment of Cars. (John Carucci/The Associated Press)

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Next week, another fifth installment — Transformers: The Last Knight — opens. Cast members, from left: Ilana Glazer, Kate McKinnon, Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Kravit and Jillian Bell appear at the premiere of Rough Night June 12 in New York. Rough Night opened in seventh place, behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which brought in $8.5 million. “It’s been a challenging summer. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. © The Associated Press, 2017 “Sometimes the bigger and better box office stories are not at No. Lionsgate’s Codeblack division marketed the pic, which cost Morgan Creek Productions around $40 million to produce. The raunchy R-rated comedy Rough Night is also facing some rough waters ahead with its ghastly “C+” CinemaScore. A year ago, Pixar’s Finding Dory debuted with $135.1 million. The fifth Pirates film has earned $150.1 million domestically and $500 million internationally. Wonder Woman fell to second place in its third weekend in theatres, but it’s still doing the heavy lifting for the otherwise lackluster summer box office. “It’s always nice to exceed expectations,” said David Spitz, the president of theatrical distribution for Lionsgate. 1,” Dergarabedian said. The film, about a bachelorette party weekend gone wrong, starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon and Jillian Bell, took in a paltry $8.1 million against a $20 million production budget. (Disney-Pixar/Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman was knocked down to second place with $40.8 million, bringing its domestic total to $274.6 million, while holdover “The Mummy” slid to fourth place in weekend two with $13.9 million. Dergarabedian expects it follow suit with most of the summer’s franchises and earn the bulk of its money abroad. While many worn out franchises and franchise hopefuls continue to struggle to find a significant North American audience, smaller films such as the Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me and the shark thriller 47 Meters Down were able to break through the clutter and make a splash this weekend. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. “Before Wonder Woman we were about nine percent behind last summer. “That kind of tells you the state of the industry,” Dergarabedian said. The G-rated Cars 3 got an “A” CinemaScore and generally positive reviews, but it will have to contend with Despicable Me 3 which opens in two weeks. Rounding out the list
The Mandy Moore shark thriller 47 Metres Down also exceeded low expectations, earning $11.5 million for a fifth place start.