Weekend Box Office: ‘Ghostbusters’ Couldn’t Scare ‘Pets’ From the No. 1 Spot

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HOLLYWOOD, July 18, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — The controversial reboot of the “Ghostbusters” franchise failed to take the lead over “The Secret Life of Pets” over the weekend.

The animated film dominated the top spot for a second weekend in a row taking in an estimated $50.5 million.

“The Secret Life of Pets,” starring the voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Lake Bell, opened July 4th weekend to $104.3 million total. The film currently has an estimated global tally of $253.9 million.

Opening in the No. 2  slot is “Ghostbusters,” starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.

The Paul Feig-directed reboot of the 1984 comedy couldn’t quite generate the audience Sony was predicting with an estimated $46.0 million. However, according to Box Office Mojo, the film had the largest domestic opening for both director Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy.

“Ghostbusters” opened overseas last week and has taken in $19.1 million in foreign markets, bringing its worldwide box office to $65.1 million.

Dropping from second place to third place was “The Legend of Tarzan,” starring Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgard. The film took in an estimated weekend toll of $11.1 million for its third weekend in release.

According to Box Office Mojo, the action/adventure has a domestic total of $103.0 million and a worldwide total of $193.6 million.

In fourth place, Disney/Pixar’s “Finding Dory” brought in an additional $11 million,  bringing its domestic total to an estimated $445.5 million with a global take of $721.7 million  in its five weeks of release.

Landing in fifth place is “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” starring Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick. The comedy took home an estimated $7.5 million over the weekend and has earned $31.3 million domestically in its 2 weeks in theaters.


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