Moviegoers had three major-releases to choose from this weekend, offering a wide-array of options for all ages and preferences. Joining the box-office charts this week were the action-thriller “Baby Driver;” the animated-comedy “Despicable Me 3;” and the Will Ferrell/Amy Poehler comedy “The House”. Studios were hoping to cash-in on the normally lucrative summer holiday, but their victories might be short-lived. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is set to open on July 7, and will most likely dominated the box-office for the next week or two. That being said, even Spider-Man will have to work hard for a two-week win. FOX’s “War for the Planet of the Apes” and the horror-thriller “Wish Upon” are scheduled to open one-week after Spidey’s debut.
Universal’s “Despicable Me 3” took the top-spot this weekend with a $75M debut, the animated-comedy opened across 4,529 locations domestically. “Despicable Me 3” was directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin, the film features the voice talents of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and Trey Parker. “Despicable Me 2” opened in 2013 with an $83M debut, and the original “Despicable Me” opened in 2010 with a $56M opening weekend.
“Baby Driver,” from Sony Pictures, was a distant second but did have an impressive $21M weekend debut across 3,226 locations. “Baby Driver” was directed by Edgar Wright, and the film stars Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, and Lily James. “Despicable Me 3” and “Baby Driver” pushed “Transformers: The Last Knight” down to third-place on the domestic-charts, a film that was already struggling at the box-office. “Transformers 5” only grossed $17M in its second-week in theaters, raising the film’s two-week total to just over $102M domestically. “Transformers: The Last Knight” was directed by Michael Bay and stars Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, and Josh Duhamel.
“Wonder Woman” brought-in another $16M this weekend, that was enough to raise the film’s five-week total to just under $350M domestically. “Wonder Woman” was directed by Patty Jenkins, working from a screenplay written by Allan Heinberg. The film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Robin Wright.
Disney’s “Cars 3” grossed another $9.5M this weekend, that brings the film’s three-week total to just over $120M. “Cars 3” was directed by Brian Fee, who wrote the original story with Ben Queen. The film features the voice talents of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, and Chris Cooper.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning is “The House,” which debuted to a disappointing $9M over the weekend. “The House” was directed by Andrew Jay Cohen, the film stars Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Ryan Simpkins, and Jason Mantzoukas. “The Little Hours” had a successful limited-debut, bringing in $61,560 in just two-locations.
As we mentioned earlier, these films will most likely lose their spots on the domestic-chart next weekend when “Spider-Man: Homecoming” hits theaters nationwide. If superhero movies aren’t you first choice, you can check your local listings for “A Ghost Story,” which was written and directed by David Lowery. That romantic-drama stars Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, and McColm Cephas Jr.