Friday afternoon: Crunchyroll is on track to steal #1 at the box office with its anime sequel Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero who is looking at $8M-$10M today (including those $4 million previews) for a $17M-$20M take in 3,130 theaters. Uni’s Idris Elba movie, Beast, is currently clocking $4.1M today, and a $10 million 3-day at 3,743 locations.
A year ago, during weekend 33, Disney released the Ryan Reynolds 20th Century action comedy, free guy, up to a whopping $28.3 million (it came in at $121.6 million domestically); a reminder that it’s not the month that is necessarily slow when kids return to school, rather the lack of product now, duh.
Sony’s bullet train at 3,781 see $2 million today, -47% from a week ago, and a $7M-$7.5M third weekend, -44% on the upside, for a running total of $68.4 million on the upside.
Warner Bros.’ DC League of Super Pets ranks fourth with 3,537 sites, with an estimated $1.4 million on Friday, -29%, and $5.1 million fourth weekend, -27%, with a running total of $66.8 million.
Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick at weekend 13 at 2,969 locations, looking at $1.4 million today, also -29%, and a $5 million 3 days for a running total of $682.5 million by Sunday.
Friday AM: We hear from industry sources that the Crunchyroll sequel, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, estimated notched $4 million in previews on Thursday night, thrashing Universal’s Idris Elba lion movie, Beast, what did? $925K in 2,900 theaters. Both started previews at 5pm last night. Crunchyroll will send an official update tomorrow.
superheroLast night’s start has a chance of getting it close to $15 million, while the fate of Beast, despite being 72% fresh among Rotten Tomatoes reviewers, it’s probably in the single-digit range at 3,743 theaters. ouch. superhero is on a 90-day theater window and has been booked in 3,100 theaters (3,900 screens) and has all the superpowers of Imax, 4DX, Dolby, and D-box.
superheroThursday night rises above Crunchyroll’s $2.88 million on Thursday Jujutsu Kaisen 0 back in March in 2,003 theaters, resulting in a three-day weekend of $14.8 million and a total of $17.6 million weekend+previews. superhero is currently higher than Crunchyroll’s demon slayer as of March 2020 doing $3.8 million in previews, before a $21.2 million opening.
BeastThursday is just under $1 million earned from Paramount’s alligator horror title Crawl in preview night, which translated into a $4.3 million Friday and a $12 million opening in July 2019. That said, the Elba title is ahead of Universal’s Michael Bay movie, Ambulance, which ran $700K on Thursday before a lackluster $3.2 million Friday and $8.7 million domestic start.
In regular ranked titles, Sony’s bullet train had a second thursday of $1.25 million in 4,357 theaters, -18% as of Wednesday for a second week of $19.9 million and a total of $61 million.
Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick did $870K at 3.181, -10% on the 12th Thursday for a weekly draw of $10.8 million and a total of $677.5 million.
Third on Thursday went to Warner Bros.’ DC League of Super Pets of $710K at 3,803, down 15% from Wednesday and a third week of $10.5M, -39% and $61.7M running cume.
Fourth was from Disney/Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder at 3,175 with a $580K Thursday, -6% from Wednesday and a sixth week of $8 million, totaling $328 million.
Universal/Illumination Entertainment’s Minions: The Rise of Gru on 3068 saw a $570K Thursday, -14% from Wednesday, for a seventh week of $7.7 million and a total of $346.5 million, +1.2% for the latter animation studio’s highest domestic gross, Despicable Me 2 at the same time — but that sequel ended its run in the United States at $368 million.