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Weekend Box Office: Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy land the top spot

Weekend Box Office: Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy land the top spot


The third time proved to be the charm for Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy, as their newest collaboration Spy took the top spot at the box office over the weekend with $30 million. This marks the first time the duo have landed at number one on the box office chart and the third time the two worked together, after both Bridesmaids and The Heat. Spy, however, wasn’t the only new entry in the top three, as the horror franchise entry Insidious Chapter 3 also landed in third place with a total of $23 million. In between the two was last week’s box office champion San Andreas, as the Dwayne Johnson-starring film took in $26.4 million in its second place finish.

The Doug Ellin feature Entourage was the other new release of the weekend to break the top ten, as the film continuation of the HBO series finished in fourth place with $10.4 million. The George Miller feature Mad Max: Fury Road rounded out the top five, landing in fifth place in its fourth week with a total of $8 million. Former box office champions Pitch Perfect 2, Tomorrowland, and Avengers: Age of Ultron took the next three spots respectively, while Cameron Crowe’s Aloha had the sharpest drop among the returning top ten, as its $6.5 million haul, which landed it in ninth place, marked a reduction of more than 65% from its first weekend totals.

Among limited releases, the biggest opening went to the Brian Wilson biopic Love and Mercy. The film made $2.2 million, giving it a PSA of $4,601 from the 483 theatres it opened in. The Bollywood feature Dil Dhadakne Do similarly made its mark, grossing $1.3 million in its opening limited release for a PSA of $5,462. The highest PSA among limited releases, however, went to Testament of Youth, as the Alicia Vikander-starring film made $53,008 in four theatres, giving it a PSA of $13,252. The Amy Berg documentary An Open Secret made $2,000 in nine theatres for a PSA of $222, while the Rodney Ascher documentary The Nightmare made $14,000 in 17 theatres for a PSA of $824 to go with its VOD earnings.

The top earners at the US box office for the weekend are as follows:

  1. Spy — $30,000,000
  2. San Andreas — $26,440,000
  3. Insidious Chapter 3 — $23,000,000
  4. Entourage — $10,420,000
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road — $7,970,000
  6. Pitch Perfect 2 — $7,700,000
  7. Tomorrowland — $7,022,000
  8. Avengers: Age of Ultron — $6,201,000
  9. Aloha — $3,300,000
  10. Poltergeist — $2,850,000