Despite a below-par opening Disney’s flying pachyderm managed to grab top spot at the U.S Box Office
Walt Disney’s live action, Tim Burton Directed remake of the classic animated film ‘Dumbo’ managed to grab top spot at the U.S Box Office this past weekend. The film soared to an estimated opening of $45million. The film has not opened as well as Disney was hoping and couldn’t match the openings of Disney’s of some of their other live-action remakes. Cinderella opened with $67million, The Jungle Book with $103million and Beauty And The Beast with an eye-watering $174million. It did manage to beat the 2016 remake of Pete’s Dragon opening figure of $21.5million. Critics are divided on the remake, the film gaining a 50% average on Rotten Tomatoes, many complaining that the film offers little in the way of family entertainment, with a lacklustre screenplay for its human characters, un-needed subplots and the reliance of happy memories of the animated cartoon to propel it to glory alongside the admittedly spectacular special effects that the film is overly reliant on. The film did make $71million from international territories which drags it’s box office take to $116million on a $170million budget.
It’s a better opening than Director Tim Burton has had for his previous two films, with ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children‘ opening with $28.8million and ‘Dark Shadows’ opening weekend take of $29.6million but falls way behind the opening of his ‘Alice In Wonderland’ remake back in 2010 which grabbed $116million on its debut. In addition, the film’s seemingly underachievement doesn’t bode well for Disney’s other live-action remakes that are due for release this year. The already derided and laughed at ‘Aladdin’ starring Will Smith as the Genie and ‘The Lion King’. The trump card Disney has, however, is ‘The Lion King’ is directed by Jon Favreau who also brought ‘The Jungle Book’ to life in such an astonishing way and has assembled again, an all-star cast to voice the creatures in the film. In addition, The Lion King is a universally loved film and may resonate with audiences better than Aladdin and Dumbo.
Jordan Peele’s follow up to ‘Get Out’ titled ‘US’ fell from the top spot to second. The film took another $33.6million bringing its domestic total to $128.2million. The film suffered a 52% drop off from last weekend but still has a worldwide take so far of $174.5million on an estimated $20million budget so is another success for the Writer/Director.
Marvel’s ‘Captain Marvel‘ fell to third. Brie Larson’s debut as the superhero gained a further $20.5million bringing its domestic total to $353.8million and pushing it to $990.6million worldwide, agonisingly so close to the magical $1billion mark. The film has now overtaken the grosses of Marvel’s own ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ and ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ as well as beating out DC’S Suicide Squad, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Aquaman.
‘Five Feet Apart’ held firm in fourth place. The teen romance now has a domestic take of $35.8million and worldwide of $50.6million on a reported $7million budget.
Opening in fifth place is the controversial anti-abortion drama ‘Unplanned’. The film opened with $6.1million against a budget of $6million. The critics again are divided on the film with it gaining a 53% average on Rotten Tomatoes. Considering many TV stations refused to show any TV spots or trailers for the film, it still somehow managed to hold its own.
Sixth place went to ‘Wonder Park’. The film pulled in another $4.9million bringing its domestic total up to $37.8million. Considering the movie cost an estimated $80million to make and has a rather chequered history, the film needs to open big across the world to attempt to break even. Sadly, the signs don’t look that promising.
‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World‘ held firm in seventh place. The fourth film in the ‘Dragon’ animated franchise gained another $4.2million bringing its gross to £152.9million domestic and $501.8 million around the world and finally slaying the $494million taken by the original film back in 2010.
Entering in eighth place is the drama ‘Hotel Mumbai’ which earned $3.1million after its expansion onto 924 screens. The R-Rated, fact-based film, depicting the events of the Taj Hotel terrorist siege starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer holds a 73% average on Rotten Tomatoes with critics impressed by its raw, unyielding style and the way the events are presented on celluloid.
‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral‘ slipped to ninth on the chart. The film still gained a further $2.7million bringing its total to an impressive $70million on its reported $20million budget.
Opening in the tenth position with a lowly $1.8million take is the new film from Matthew McConaughey entitled ‘The Beach Bum’. Although the film only cost a reported $5million to produce, it continues the Oscar-winning actors slump at the Box Office. The film opened in 1100 screens across the country. The critics were indifferent to the film, only landing it with a 52% average on Rotten Tomatoes.
Leaving this week’s chart are Julianne Moore’s drama ‘Gloria Bell’, ‘Alita: Battle Angel’, ‘The Lego Movie 2‘ and Spanish language comedy sequel ‘No Manches Frida 2’
Next weekend is a straight-up fight for box office supremacy between Stephen King horror remake ‘Pet Sematary‘ and DC’S new superhero film ‘Shazam‘. I have yet to see Pet Sematary but I have already seen Shazam and I can confirm that DC has hit another home run with the film. Like ‘Aquaman’ last year, the film has a much lighter tone than the heavy and frankly dreary Batman V Superman. It still has its fair share of dark moments and action but its all done with a fun, enjoyable tone and a winning performance by Zachary Levi as the eponymous superhero and a suitably villainous turn from British actor Mark Strong. With small digs at its own universe, DC has a winner ready to make its bow.
As for Pet Sematary, I shall see the film sometime during this week and am hoping for a fantastic return to form again for the Stephen King property. The author himself has said he likes this version of his novel and that is high praise indeed. With a cast including Jason Clarke and the ever faithful John Lithgow, the film has a lot going for it. Heres hoping the film is a scary adaptation that will frighten the pants off its audience and rightfully claim some of the box offices worldwide.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter where he uses the force frequently!