Weekend Box Office: ‘Ghostbusters’ Opens at $46M, ‘Secret Life of Pets’ Stays on Top

Pets Vs Ghostbusters

Sony’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot debuted in the No. 2 spot at the North American box office over the weekend with a solid $46 million.

“Unless it has massive legs, any opening under $50 million is not a triumph,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “It’s still an asterisk. The next two weeks will tell the tale.” The $144 million picture received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences.

Meanwhile, Universal’s reigning champion, The Secret Life of Pets, has more than 4 million more than Ghostbusters – on its second weekend, topping all challengers with $50.6 million. Pets first week was bring in $27,000 per screen, while Ghostbusters is bring $11,000 per screen and that is a really telling number.

In third place, Time Warner’s The Legend of Tarzan swung to $11.1 million in its third week, pushing its domestic total to $103.1 million.

Disney’s Finding Dory added $11 million in its fifth weekend to swim to $445.5 million, setting a new all-time U.S. record for animated films, passing Shrek 2’s long-held record of $441.2 million.

Rounding out the top five, Zac Efron’s latest R-rated comedy, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates took $7.5 million over its sophomore weekend run.

Outside the top 5, Bryan Cranston’s drug drama The Infiltrator has done okay business, although it had a relatively small footprint (1,601 theaters). Woody Allen’s nostalgic look at 1930’s Hollywood, Cafe Society, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, also dazzled in limited release.

Check out the July 15-17 weekend estimates below.

1. The Secret Life of Pets — $50.5 million ($203.1 mil.)
2. Ghostbusters — $46 million
3. The Legend of Tarzan — $11.1 million ($103 mil.)
4. Finding Dory — $11 million ($445.5 mil.)
5. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates — $7.5 million ($31.3 mil.)
6. The Purge: Election Year — $6 million ($71 mil.)
7. Central Intelligence — $5.3 million ($117.5 mil.)
8. The Infiltrator — $5.2 million ($6.7 mil.)
9. The BFG — $3.7 million ($47.3 mil.)
10. Independence Day: Resurgence — $3.4 million ($98.5 mil.)