Box Office: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Tops With $59.6 Million, ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’ Bombs
The box office numbers are in, and Star Trek Beyond has delivered one of the best openings of the summer so far, taking the No. 1 spot with $59.6 million. Granted, this is considerably less than the opening for Star Trek Into Darkness, which earned $70.2 million back in May 2013. Of course, there are a variety of reasons that could explain the decline. For instance, Into Darkness opening at the start of the summer movie season could have meant people were more amped for it, as opposed to a late July release, when people are sort of fatigued by all the sequels and blockbusters. Or maybe people simply weren’t looking forward to Star Trek Beyond as much.
While $59.6 million is certainly a strong number for this weekend, the movie will have to make a killing overseas to justify its $185 million budget. So far, Star Trek has earned $30 million internationally to bring its current worldwide gross to $89.6 million in its first weekend. I guess we’ll see if this movie has legs in the weeks to come, but I’m not that optimistic, since the movie will be facing stiff competition from Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad. Granted, Star Trek Beyond is already one of the best-performing sequels of this summer. So there’s certainly hope for the movie to at least break even. Still, this film will need support from more than just Trekkies and sci-fi fans to turn a profit.
Naturally, the news of Star Trek Beyond becoming one of the best-performing sequels of the summer is contrasted with a film that has just become one of the worst: Ice Age: Collision Course completely bombed in its opening weekend, earning just $21 million. This is a drop of 55% from the opening weekend of the fourth film in the series, Ice Age: Continental Drift, which earned $46.6 million in 2012. To make matters worse, this is officially the worst opening for an animated studio tentpole in a decade.
If there’s any good news in all this for Ice Age 5, it’s that it’s doing better business overseas, raking in $30 million to add to its international cume. With an overseas gross of $178 million, Ice Age: Collision Course, has a global total of $199 million to date. And as an added bonus, the film still managed to finish in the Top 5 for the weekend, landing at No. 5.
As for the rest of the Top 5, The Secret Life of Pets finished at No. 2 in week three with an impressive $29.3 million, to bring its North American total to $260.7 million. Worldwide, the film has earned a staggering $323.7 million. Meanwhile, it was a tie in the supernatural department, as horror film Lights Out and comedy reboot Ghostbusters tied for No. 3 with $21.6 million, thanks to a stronger-than-expected turnout among young audiences.
In other box office news, Indian gangster drama Kabali (Tamil & Telugu), from director Pa. Ranjith, landed at No. 9 with $4.1 million, while Dinesh D’Souza’s new Hillary Clinton documentary, Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, landed at No. 10 with $3.7 million.
But how did the rest of the Top 10 do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 07/25/2016
1. Star Trek Beyond ($59.6 million)
2. The Secret Life of Pets ($29.3 million)
3. Lights Out ($21.6 million)
4. Ghostbusters ($21.6 million)
5. Ice Age: Collision Course ($7.2 million)
6. Finding Dory ($6.4 million)
7. The Legend of Tarzan ($5.4 million)
8. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates ($4.4 million)
9. Kabali (Tamil & Telugu) ($4.1 million)
10. Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party ($3.7 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the theaters this weekend, and what do you want to see at the movies in the weeks to come? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on the weekend in entertainment, watch the incredible first trailer for Wonder Woman as well as our first full glimpse at the Justice League movie!