We have now entered the second weekend of summer 2017 at the box office and there’s two high-profile releases opening wide. They are: Guy Ritchie directed retelling of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Amy Schumer/Goldie Hawn comedy Snatched.
You can peruse my detailed prediction posts on both here:
One things seems certain and it’s that neither of these newcomers will come close to dislodging Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from a sophomore weekend on top (more on its opening below).
The real competition will indeed be for the runner-up spot. I expect a close race for the #2 spot, with Arthur managing to edge out Snatched.
The rest of the top five should be filled by spring holdovers The Fate of the Furious and The Boss Baby.
And with that, my top 5 predictions for the weekend:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Predicted Gross: $64.3 million (representing a drop of 56%)
2. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Predicted Gross: $24.4 million
Predicted Gross: $21.1 million
4. The Fate of the Furious
Predicted Gross: $5.7 million (representing a drop of 34%)
5. The Boss Baby
Predicted Gross: $4.9 million (representing a drop of 18%)
Box Office Results (May 5-7)
The summer season got off to a solid start as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 debuted to $146.5 million. That’s good for the 17th largest domestic opening of all time. The Marvel/Disney sequel met, but did not exceed expectations, including my own. I had it pegged higher at $166.4M. Even though my estimate was nearly $20 million higher, this premiere still ensures more of Star-Lord and a growing Groot in the future.
Holdovers populated the rest of the top five as nothing else dared open wide against the Guardians. In second was The Fate of the Furious with $8.5 million (I said $7.7M) for an overall gross of $207M.
The Boss Baby was third with $5.9 million (a bit above my $4.8M prediction) for a $156M total.
How to Be a Latin Lover, despite a significant screen expansion, dropped pretty hard to fourth with $5.1 million (below my $6.9M forecast) for a $20M total.
Beauty and the Beast rounded out the top five with $5 million (I said $4.7M) to bring its haul to $487M.
And that does it for now, folks! Until next time…