Three major releases hit the box-office this weekend, offering moviegoers a little variety in their summer viewing schedule. Appearing for the first time on the box-office results are Ice Age: Collision Course, Lights Out, Star Trek Beyond and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.
Taking the top-spot this weekend was the new Star Trek installment from Paramount Pictures. The film debuted at number-one with a $59.6M domestic weekend. The film opened across 3,928 locations this week, just as the stars headed to San Diego Comic-Con to promote the franchise and celebrate the release with fans. Star Trek: Beyond was directed by Justin Lin, working off a script written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung. The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban and Zoe Saldana.
Dropping to second-place this weekend was the animated comedy “The Secret Life of Pets” from Universal Pictures. The family comedy scored $29.3M across 4,048 locations. This is the film’s third-week in theaters, it has now grossed just about $261M domestically. “The Secret Life of Pets” was directed by Yarrow Cheney and Chris Renaud, working off a script written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. The film stars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart.
Ghostbusters from Sony managed to hang-on to third-place this weekend, the comedy brought in an additional $21.6M across 3,963 locations. The reboot has already grossed over $86.8M in just two-weeks, outshining critics and a lot of negative hype prior to release. “Ghostbusters” was directed by Paul Feig, working a script that he co-wrote with Katie Dippold. The films stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
Fourth-place on the domestic charts went to the horror-thriller Lights Out from Warner Bros. Pictures. The moderate-budget thriller pulled-in an impressive $21.6M across 2,818 locations. Lights Out was directed by David F. Sandberg. The screenplay for the film was written by Eric Heisserer but the film itself is based on a short film originally created by Sandberg. Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman and Maria Bello star in the film.
Rounding out the top-five this week was Ice Age: Collision Course from FOX. The animated-comedy opened just behind Lights Out with $21M, though it did open across 3,992 locations. Lights Out was directed Mike Thurmeier and Galen T. Chu, working off a screenplay written by Michael J. Wilson and Michael Berg. The film features the voice-talents of Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Adam Devine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jessie J, Queen Latifah and Jennifer Lopez.
Not reaching the top-five but worth mentioning is the comedy from Fox Searchlight, Absolutely Fabulous. The adaptation scored $1.9M at just 313 locations. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie was directed by Mandie Fletcher, working off a screenplay written by Jennifer Saunders. The film stars Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley and Jane Horrocks.