‘DC League of Super-Pets’ Opens to $23 Million – The Hollywood Reporter
DC League of Super Pets Could have benefited from a sharper bite.
The animated superhero picture, from Warner Bros. and DC, opened to low North American box office expectations with a $23 million estimate. On the bright side, the picture had no trouble winning the weekend.
League of Super Animals – which had hoped to rake in $25 million or more when it launched domestically – is yet another test for the family theater market as the box office emerges from the pandemic. The marketing campaign certainly isn’t lacking in attention, with voice stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart going on a publicity blitz.
Warners thinks the film, which plays in 4,315 theaters and costs $90 million to produce, will have strong legs through August as the number of new summer movies dwindles and there are fewer competition. Hearings granted Super Animals with an A-CinemaScore, which could translate to strong word of mouth.
League of Super Animals also features the voices of Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski and Keanu Reeves, among others, and marks the theatrical debut of Jared Stern.
Elsewhere in the top 10, Jordan Peele and Universal’s Nope came in at No. 2 for the weekend with $18.6 million for a national 10-day tally of $80.6 million. Sci-Fi/Horror Adventure dropped 58% (some predicted it would drop over 60%).
Marvel and Disney Thor: Love and Thunder came third on its fourth release with $13 million, pushing its domestic total to surpass the $300 million milestone for a worldwide total of $662.4 million.
Universal and Illumination Minions: The Rise of Gru did enough business in its fifth weekend to rank fourth with around $10.9 million for a domestic cume north of $320.4 million (Gru is the highest-grossing anime film of the COVID-19 era). Overseas, it earned $390 million for a worldwide total of $710.4 million.
Top Gun: Maverick continued to impress throughout its 10th weekend. The Paramount and Skydance tenpole rounded out the top five with an estimated $8.2 million for a domestic total of $650.1 million through Sunday, one of the best performances ever, unadjusted of inflation.
As the Superior gun sequel, Warners and Baz Lurhmann’s Elvis Presley biopic has a long run. Now in its sixth weekend, Elvis grossed nearly $130 million domestically and $234.3 million worldwide.
Universal Jurassic World Dominion surpassed $940 million worldwide thanks to a late release in Japan. Nationally, it grossed $369.5 million.
Key Features and Blumhouse Revenge ranked 10th nationally with a moderate opening of around $1.8 million. Specialty photography plays in less than 1,000 theaters.