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

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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.


What you need to know

  • “DC League of Superpets” was the No. 1 box office hit, grossing $23 million in 4,314 locations, according to the studio’s estimates on Sunday.
  • In second place is Universal’s “Nope,” which has dropped 57% since its debut last weekend, earning an additional $18.6 million.
  • “Thor: Love and Thunder” came in third in its fourth weekend with $13.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $301.5 million.
  • “Minions: The Rise of Gru” came in at #4 with $10.9 million in its fifth weekend.

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,” grossing 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 a 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.

“Interest is red hot,” Goldstein said. “Reviews are exceptional.”

In second place is Universal’s “Nope,” which has dropped 57% since its debut last weekend, earning an additional $18.6 million. ‘Nope’ North American gross revenue now stands at $80.6 million before beginning 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 worldwide total now stands at $662 million for him without a release in China.

“Minions: The Rise of Gru” took fourth place 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.

The new theatrical release was limited to this weekend. Focus Features opened the movie “Vengeance” in 998 locations this weekend, earning an estimated $1.8 million. 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.

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