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'DC League of Super Pets' Takes #1 With $23 Million | Entertainment

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The summer box office showed signs of slowing down this weekend as the animated DC League of Superpets hit theaters across North America.

The superhero spinoff about Superman’s dog earned $23 million from 4,314 locations, according to the studio’s estimates on Sunday. Slightly below expectations, but still taking the No. 1 spot, the second weekend was enough for him to push Jordan Peele’s “Nope” to his No. 2 spot.

Analysts estimated the DC League of Super-Pets’ launch costs at $25 million, the lowest for an animated opening this summer. His $50.6 million for June’s “Lightyear” was considered by far the least for a $200 million Disney/Pixar film. And in early July, Universal’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru” earned him $107 million in its first three days.

But “Superpets” rivaled Universal’s “The Bad Guys,” which fetched about $97 million domestically after a $23 million opening, and Paramount’s “Angry Paws: The Legend of Hank.” , much more powerful than the $6.3. Million debut a few weeks ago.

“This opening is a huge win for DC fans, the box office, WB and our filmmakers,” said Jeff Goldstein, president of the studio’s domestic distribution division.

“DC League of Super-Pets” was never intended for a midsummer release. Originally, “Superpet” was scheduled for his May, but this weekend was reserved for “Black Adam.” Other his Dwayne Johnson superhero pics. However, post-production delays due to backup at the VFX House pushed “Black Adam” back to his October. Instead of giving up on Prime Dating, the studio has filled open spots with family-friendly titles, including an all-star voice cast that includes Kevin Hart, John Krasinski, Keanu Reeves, and Kate McKinnon as evil guinea pigs.

“Super-Pets” has few weeks of summer vacation left and little to no big competition, but it’s expected to continue growing steadily thanks to positive feedback from viewers this weekend. With $18.4 million from international shows, it has already grossed $41.4 million worldwide.

“Interest is red hot,” Goldstein said. “Young family movies run for a long time. He’s an A-, given CinemaScore and word of mouth, he’s going to be around for a while.”

In second place is Universal’s “Nope,” which has dropped 57% since its debut last weekend, earning an additional $18.6 million. Nope’s total North American revenue now stands at $80.6 million before it began international expansion in August.

“Thor: Love and Thunder” came in third in its fourth weekend with $13.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $301.5 million. Its global total now stands at $662 million for him without a release in China.

“Minions: The Rise of Gru” came in at #4 with $10.9 million in its fifth weekend. Worldwide, it currently earns $710.4 million.

Rounding out the top five was “Top Gun: Maverick,” which earned an additional $8.2 million in its tenth weekend, bringing its domestic total to $650.1 million.

While major new theatrical releases were limited to this weekend, viewers were given a variety of options. earned a dollar. BJ Novak’s directorial debut follows a podcaster (Novak) who travels from New York to West Texas to investigate the death of his girlfriend. The acclaimed thriller stars Issa Rae and Ashton Kutcher. Bleecker Street also made an estimated $18,702 with his four-theater opening of Sundance’s glamorous film Love Song, starring Wes Studi and Dale Dickie.

It’s not uncommon for domestic box office numbers to slow heading into August. I am planning to come.

“July generated over $1 billion, which is amazing. It’s the first billion-dollar month since December 2019,” said Paul Dergarabedian, Senior Media Analyst at Comscore. says. “While this provides a tailwind heading into August, we can’t expect a $100 million debut anytime soon.”

Estimated ticket sales Friday through Sunday in theaters in the United States and Canada, according to Comscore.

1. “DC League of Super Pets,” $23 million.

2. “No” $18.6 million.

3. Thor: Love and Thunder, $13.1 million.

4. “Minions: Rise of Gru,” $10.9 million.

5. “Top Gun: Maverick” $8.2 million.

6. “Where Crowdad Sings” $7.5 million.

7. “Elvis” $5.8 million.

8. “Black Phone,” $2.5 million.

9. “Jurassic World: Dominion,” $2.1 million.

10. “Revenge,” $1.8 million.


Follow AP Film Writer Lindsay Burr on Twitter. www.twitter.com/ldbahr

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