Box Office Report for the Week of July 17

Unsurprisingly, Thor: Love and Thunder has remained the box office king for the week, but it has dropped considerably compared to last week’s $100 million-plus opening. A somewhat middling word of mouth might have been the cause for this, but the film has only grossed $46 million in its second weekend. Still, the movie has already grossed over $497 million worldwide, already making it one of the highest-grossing films of the year for theatres.

Minions: The Rise of Gru has joined the $500 million club this week and could reach $1 billion by the end of the month. Bold prediction, sure, but the Despicable Me franchise have been billion-dollar films since Minions was released in 2015. If it does happen, it will be the second film of the year to have reached $1 billion after Top Gun: Maverick, which opened in fourth place this week, with a $12 million tally. It’s now Paramount’s highest-grossing film, surpassing Titanic and Transformers: Age of Extinction.

In terms of new releases this week, Where the Crawdads Sing made over $17 million at the box office, while films like Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank and Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris barely made any impressions, with a poor $6.2 million and $1.9 million respectively. Paws of Fury‘s release has been a long time coming. Initially titled Blazing Samurai, the movie was slated to open on April 14, 2017, by Open Road Films until the studio declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2018. Paramount acquired the rights to the movie in 2022, though the film was already dead on arrival when it opened, having received negative reviews from critics. Expanding wide and landing just outside the top ten was the A24 animated family offering, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On.

Here’s the full list of top 10 films for the week:

  1. Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney): $46M (-68.1%) – 4,375 theatres
  2. Minions: The Rise of Gru (Universal): $26M (-43.6%) – 4,114 theatres
  3. Where the Crawdads Sing (Sony): $17M – 3,650 theatres
  4. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount): $12M (-22.6%) – 3,292 theatres
  5. Elvis (Warner Bros): $7.6M (-32%) – 3,305 theatres
  6. Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank (Paramount): $6.2M – 3,475 theatres
  7. The Black Phone (Universal): $5.3M (-31.8%) – 2,277 theatres
  8. Jurassic World Dominion (Universal): $4.9M (-42.4%) – 2,660 theatres
  9. Mrs Harris Goes to Paris (Focus Features): $1.9M – 980 theatres
  10. Lightyear (Disney): $1.3M (-57.8%) – 1,350 theatres

Source: Box Office Mojo


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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