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June 12, 2022

Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 6.12.2022

 

OPENINGS:  Although JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION (Universal) is being billed as the “conclusion of the trilogy,” the studio certainly won’t be abandoning the franchise, as Dominion opened to $143.4M, almost identical to the $148M for 2018’s Fallen Kingdom, and with a very similar trajectory, down 22% on Saturday (Fallen Kingdom dropped 15%, but that was before “Friday” included almost all of Thursday), and down 21% on Sunday (compared to 20%).  With no direct competition for several weeks, Dominion should stay in Fallen Kingdom‘s $417.7M US neighborhood.  The Jurassic franchise has been considerably stronger overseas than in the US, and Dominion has $245.8M in all major international markets except Japan (where Fallen Kingdom earned $72.3M) and Russia, after a $176.6M weekend.  Notably, Dominion opened with $52.5M in China, the highest number for a US title this year (keeping in mind that MCU movies and many other major US titles no longer have distribution there), although below the $111.6M 5-day opening for Fallen KingdomDominion seems likely to top $1B worldwide.

HOLDOVERS:  Despite the arrival of the dinosaurs and the resulting loss of Imax and other premium screens, TOP GUN: MAVERICK (Paramount) continued to hold extremely well, down 45% to $50M in its 3rd weekend.  Maverick will cross $400M this week, and should get past $500M before it’s done, becoming the #2 US release of the Covid era, below only Spider-Man: No Way Home.  Internationally it’s very strong but not quite at the same pace, with $353.7M to date after a $52.7M weekend in all major markets except South Korea (opening at the end of the month) and China/Russia (where it’s not expected to be released).  A global $1B total seems within Maverick‘s grasp.

DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS (Marvel/Disney) is nearing the end of its run, down 47% to $4.9M in its 6th weekend, and likely to reach $400M in the US sometime next week.  Its international total is $532.4M after a $5.4M weekend in 48 territories.

THE BOB’S BURGERS MOVIE (20th/Disney) fell 50% to $2.3M in its 3rd weekend, on its way to $35M in the US.  It has $1.8M in early international release.

THE BAD GUYS (Dreamworks Animation/Universal, also on VOD) continued to hold well, down 33% to $2.2M in its 8th weekend but still a stretch away from $100M in the US.  Its overseas total is $131.6M.

DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA (Focus/Universal, also on VOD) fell another 48% to $1.7M in its 4th weekend, unlikely to get much past $45M in the US.  It’s similarly challenged overseas, where it has $43.8M.

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE (A24) dipped 37% to $1.3M in its 12th weekend and might get as far as $70M in the US before it’s done.  It’s now A24’s highest-grossing release worldwide, and has $20.5M overseas.

CRIMES OF THE FUTURE (Neon) collapsed by 66% to $375K in its 2nd weekend, and may not pass $3M in the US.  It has negligible results overseas thus far.

LIMITED RELEASE:  This week’s Indian-language arrival is ANTE SUNDHARANIKI (no US distrib listed), which had an $1800 weekend per-theater average at 350.  A number of indies expanded with little evident success:  BENEDICTION (Roadside) averaged $400 at 120, PHANTOM OF THE OPEN (Sony Classics) averaged $1500 at 24, NEPTUNE FROST (Kino Lorber) averaged $800 at 28, and A CHIARA (Neon) averaged $300 at 28.  LOST ILLUSIONS (Music Box) opened at 6 with a $2300 average.

NEXT WEEKEND:  The family audience gets its first big summer release with LIGHTYEAR (Pixar/Disney).  Limited releases include OFFICIAL COMPETITION (IFC).



About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on screened.com and the-burg.com. In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."