“DC League of Super Pets,” an animated adventure about the four-legged friends of legendary superheroes, opened in first place at the domestic box office with $23 million from 4,313 theaters.
Although the Warner Bros. has sold enough tickets to dethrone that of Jordan PeeleNopeon the North American charts, it’s a poor start considering the film’s $90 million price tag. Sure, the Legion of Super-Pets isn’t as recognizable as Superman, Aquaman, or his other Justice League owners, but “DC League of Super-Pets” might have resonated a bit more with audiences given its affiliation with DC Comics and its high-wattage voices in Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart.
“DC League of Super-Pets” didn’t gain much ground at the international box office, where it launched to $18.4 million in 63 markets. In total, the film earned $41.4 million worldwide.
Amid the pandemic, “DC League of Super-Pets” is yet another kid-friendly film that struggled to impress on its box office debut. Films aimed at parents with young children have been mixed, which is concerning because family audiences have always been a reliable source of income before the COVID-19 pandemic.
In terms of opening weekend revenue, ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ came in behind Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’, which debuted at $51 million, and ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’. ‘Universal, which opened at $107 million. But its debut falls in line with other pandemic-era family films like “The Bad Guys” ($23.9 million), “Sing 2” ($22.3 million) and “Encanto.” from Disney ($27 million). Still, it’s hard to imagine “DC League of Super-Pets” having anyone at Warner Bros. pouring a bubbly celebratory drink; Around this time last year, the studio’s “Space Jam: A New Legacy” opened to $31 million while simultaneously playing on HBO Max.
It helps that in addition to the positive reception from ticket buyers (it nabbed an “A-” CinemaScore), “DC League of Super-Pets” doesn’t have much competition on the horizon. He has a clear lead until Sony’s “Lyle Lyle Crocodile” opens on October 7. HBOMax.
“This is a moderate opener by the standards of animated series,” said David A. Gross, who runs film consultancy Franchise Entertainment Research. “Recently, several anime movies have extended their run to six weeks, generating healthy domestic multiples.”
Although several animated films got off to a slower start than their respective studios would have liked, many showed plenty of staying power at the box office, as Gross notes. For example, “The Bad Guys” and “Encanto” each ended their theatrical releases with $96 million in North America. And “Sing 2” had particularly long legs, with $162 million.
This weekend’s other new domestic release, BJ Novak’s true-crime dark comedy “Revengebarely cracked the top 10. The R-rated Focus Features film debuted as expected, grossing a lackluster $1.75 million from 998 theaters.
“Vengeance”, which received good reviews, attracted mostly male audiences (males made up 55% of ticket buyers). The film earned a “B+” CinemaScore. Novak, who also wrote the screenplay, portrays a New York-based journalist and podcaster who travels to Texas to investigate the death of a girl he was only casually dating.
Despite the lackluster start to the “DC League of Super-Pets,” last weekend’s champion “Nope” slipped to second place with $18.5 million from 3,807 sites, a drop of 58%. So far, the UFO thriller – starring Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer – has grossed $80.5 million in North America. “Nope” has yet to open at the international box office.
Disney’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” took third place with $13.1 million from 3,650 locations in its fourth weekend in theaters. These ticket sales take the Marvel adventure past $300 million at the domestic box office, with a current total of $301 million. Internationally, the fourth film “Thor” grossed $361 million, bringing its worldwide total to $662 million.
‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ landed in fourth place with $10.8 million from 3,578 theaters and, despite opening in theaters five weeks ago, likely out of business at ‘DC League of Super -Pets” in the process. The latest ‘Despicable Me’ spinoff was one of the few kid-friendly hits at the pandemic box office, with ticket sales of $320 million in North America and $710 million worldwide .
Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick” rounded out the top five with $8.2 million in its 10th weekend of release. After two months on the big screen, Tom Cruise’s hit sequel has grossed $650 million at the domestic box office while still managing to stay in the top five on the weekend charts since Memorial Day weekend.
Soon, “Maverick” will overtake “Titanic” ($659 million) and “Jurassic World” ($653 million) to become the seventh highest-grossing film in domestic box office history. With an additional $671 million from overseas audiences, “Top Gun: Maverick” has raised $1.3 billion to date.
In sixth and seventh place, Sony’s “Where the Crawdads Sing” ($7.5 million from 3,526 sites in its third weekend, $53.5 million to date) and musical biopic “Elvis” by Baz Luhrmann ($5.8 million from 2,901 sites in its sixth weekend, $129 million so far) has been quietly hanging out in theaters. Both represent counterprogramming victories during the summer blockbuster season.
Elsewhere, A24’s multiverse adventure “Everything Everywhere All at Once” has given off a major box office milestone, crossing $100 million in ticket sales worldwide. It is the first A24 film to achieve this benchmark at the box office. The film, which was re-released in domestic theaters over the weekend, became a sleeper hit, earning $68.9 million in the United States and another $31.1 million internationally.
At the specialty box office, Lena Dunham’s polarizing coming-of-age story “Sharp Stick” earned $18,000 from two theaters, which translates to $9,000 per location. Dunham wrote and directed the film, which centers on a 26-year-old woman who suffers from social and sexual stunting after undergoing a hysterectomy as a teenager. Utopia is releasing the film, which is expanding nationwide from August 5.
Another indie title, IFC Films and Shudder’s “Resurrection,” grossed $92,700 on 97 sites, an average of $955 per theater. “Resurrection” will launch on video-on-demand on Friday, August 5, and will continue to play in theaters throughout the summer.
Written and directed by Andrew Semans, the psychological thriller stars Rebecca Hall as a woman whose carefully constructed life is turned upside down when an unwanted shadow from her past returns. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews, with most praise going to Hall’s performance. In The opinion of the vulturecritic Bilge Ebiri warns: “Good luck sleeping after watching ‘Resurrection’.”