Weekend Box Office: SPY Takes First Place

Melissa McCarthy’s Action-Comedy

Melissa McCarthy’s action-comedy Spy picked up business on Saturday to end up with a $30 million debut weekend and easily takes the top spot, down from the $35 – $40 million that many expected.

“It was the perfect formula. Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig are clearly in sync and made beautiful cinematic music together,” says well-known box office expert Paul Dergarabedian. “Leo DiCaprio has (Martin) Scorsese, McCarthy has Feig.”

The R-rated comedy scored a “B+” CinemaScore and 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and should be able to make up over the long-term what it lacked on opening weekend.

The Jason Blum-produced horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 3 opened in first place on Friday with $10.4 million (with $1.6 million of that from Thursday previews), but end up with an estimated $23 million and took third place. Chapter 3 received a CinemaScore rating of “B+,” same as Spy.

Last weekend’s number one film, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s disaster flick San Andreas slid to second place with $26.4 million.

Entourage, the film based on the long-running HBO series about a group of childhood friends making it in Hollywood, took fourth place with $10.4 million on opening weekend, less than the $20 million mark that Warner Bros. had hoped to crack.

Mad Max: Fury Road rounded out the weekend top five and managed to outshine Pitch Perfect 2 for the first time since opening four weeks ago. The news was sweet music to my ear. George Miller’s apocalyptic action film also hit $300 million in worldwide grosses on Friday.

In related news, the Brian Wilson saga Love & Mercy did okay with the 500 theater opening, which is a level that’s usually a killer for smaller movies. The Roadside’s movie, starring Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti, grossed an estimated $2.2 million or $4,555 average per location. The movie will expand nationwide next weekend and is definitely worth checking out. Meanwhile, check out the Box Office Guru top-10 list and see where estimates currently stand:

Weekend Box Office

Tune in next weekend when Universal’s Jurassic World will give the box office the jolt it needs. The opening was tracking between $100 and $130 million.