LOS ANGELES -- Dwayne Johnson's burly action hero was no match for a computer-animated Count Dracula at the box office last weekend.
Columbia's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation debuted in first place with $45.3 million, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore.
In second place, Disney's Ant-Man and the Wasp, now in its second weekend, added about $29 million in ticket sales (a 62 percent drop), for a cumulative $133 million.
Legendary Entertainment and Universal's Skyscraper opened in third place, with about $25 million. The Dwayne Johnson-led action movie cost an estimated $125 million to make.
Because Johnson is popular with international audiences, especially in China, the film is expected to garner the bulk of its box office outside of North America. Skyscraper, which opens in China today, earned $40.4 million internationally for a global cumulative of $65.9 million.
"That's Dwayne Johnson's bread and butter," Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore, said of Johnson's international appeal. "Rampage earned three times more internationally than in North America. Just before that you had Jumanji, which performed really well. The output of Dwayne Johnson movies have come, no pun intended, fast and furious over the past year or more."
Disney's Incredibles 2 came in at No. 4, adding about $16.3 million in its fifth weekend, for about $536 million cumulatively.
Rounding out the top five, Universal's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom added about $16.2 million in its fourth week, for a cumulative of about $364 million.
In limited release, Annapurna Pictures' Sorry to Bother You, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, added 789 locations (for a total of 805) and earned $4.2 million in its second weekend, for a cumulative of about $5.3 million.
"Sorry to Bother You may be the unsung hero of the weekend," Dergarabedian said. "Annapurna did a really good job of nurturing that film in the heat of the summer and it worked out really well."
The acclaimed indie satire, directed by musician Boots Riley, is about a black telemarketer whose nondescript voice allows him to advance quickly in the oppressive company he works for. Last week, the movie opened in 16 theaters and grossed a promising $727,000.
Another Sundance premiere title, Eighth Grade, also scored top marks, and the highest per theater average of the year, with $252,284 from four theaters. The well-reviewed film will expand nationwide in the coming weeks.
And documentaries continue to perform well too, including the Fred Rogers doc Won't You Be My Neighbor?, which added $1.9 million from 868 theaters.
Amazon Studios' Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, which also premiered at Sundance, had a so-so debut of $83,120 (a per-screen average of $20,780), also from four theaters.
Two more of the year's hot Sundance titles significantly increased their theater counts over the weekend to mixed results.
Neo's breakout documentary, Three Identical Strangers, continues to impress, with $1.2 million from just 170 theaters; it outgrossed the weekend take of Bleecker Street's critically acclaimed drama Leave No Trace, which expanded into 311 theaters and also brought in $1.2 million.
This week, Columbia premieres the thriller The Equalizer 2, BH Tilt drops the thriller Unfriended: Dark Web and Universal opens the musical Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. In limited release, Lionsgate debuts the comedy-drama Blindspotting.
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The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Columbia, $45,352,609, 4,267 locations, $10,330 average, $45,352,609, 1 week.
Ant-Man and The Wasp, Disney, $29,097,859, 4,206 locations, $6,918 average, $133,083,084, 2 weeks.
Skyscraper, Universal, $24,905,015, 3,782 locations, $6,585 average, $24,905,015, 1 week.
Incredibles 2, Disney, $16,262,898, 3,705 locations, $4,389 average, $535,861,390, 5 weeks.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Universal, $16,199,430, 3,695 locations, $4,384 average, $363,981,645, 4 weeks.
The First Purge, Universal, $9,312,530, 3,038 locations, $3,065 average, $49,690,500, 2 weeks.
Sorry to Bother You, Annapurna Pictures, $4,208,881, 805 locations, $5,228 average, $5,273,833, 2 weeks.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Columbia, $3,881,050, 2,006 locations, $1,935 average, $43,231,395, 3 weeks.
Uncle Drew, Lionsgate, $3,186,625, 1,702 locations, $1,872 average, $36,653,665, 3 weeks.
Ocean's 8, Warner Bros., $2,907,356, 1,618 locations, $1,797 average, $132,253,292, 6 weeks.
Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Focus Features, $1,947,845, 868 locations, $2,244 average, $15,886,132, 6 weeks.
Tag, Warner Bros., $1,291,301, 982 locations, $1,315 average, $51,333,258, 5 weeks.
Three Identical Strangers, Neon Rated, $1,202,571, 167 locations, $7,201 average, $2,539,345, 3 weeks.
Leave No Trace, Bleecker Street, $1,172,726, 311 locations, $3,771 average, $2,135,017, 3 weeks.
Deadpool 2, 20th Century Fox, $786,787, 588 locations, $1,338 average, $316,242,407, 9 weeks.
Avengers: Infinity War, Disney, $621,380, 375 locations, $1,657 average, $676,024,817, 12 weeks.
Whitney, Roadside Attractions, $547,699, 408 locations, $1,342 average, $2,370,121, 2 weeks.
Sanju, Fox International Productions, $513,467, 223 locations, $2,303 average, $7,134,672, 3 weeks.
Hereditary, A24, $429,314, 305 locations, $1,408 average, $42,948,289, 6 weeks.
Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney, $407,791, 315 locations, $1,295 average, $211,920,767, 8 weeks.
MovieStyle on 07/20/2018
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