Summertime is movie time. Air-conditioned theaters beckon bored kids into their cozy, popcorn-encrusted confines with the year’s biggest superhero tentpoles, edge-of-your-seat actioners and family-friendly cartoons.
But there’s only so much artificially flavored popcorn and Milk Duds we can eat. And given that this year’s summer movie season started in, oh, about March (with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), it’s little wonder that the summertime box office seems like it’s finally gasping its last.
So it’s sorta fitting that Don’t Breathe, last week’s champ, repeated at the top of the box office standings. The tiny horror-thriller scared up another $15.8 million during the traditional weekend (and $19.6 million if you throw in Labor Day’s estimated grosses) to win the weekend’s tourney. It’s the first time that a movie has earned less than $20 million and still topped the box office since the weekend of Jan. 22, when The Revenant conquered all comers with $16 million.
A bevy of holdovers dominated the Top Five. Suicide Squad shows no signs of dying just yet, earning another $9.8 million for second. Kubo and the Two Strings collected $6.4 million for third. Pete’s Dragon is holding on to the top five with reptilian tenacity, banking $6.4 million for fourth, and Sausage Party festers on the fifth-place shelves with $5.2 million.
The Light Between the Oceans was the highest newcomer on the list. This compelling drama pulled $4.6 million from the box office waters to finish eighth.
Far more interesting, in my opinion, are the worldwide numbers I saw this morning. According to Box Office Mojo, Captain America: Civil War has earned close to $1.2 billion around the globe, making it the No. 1 movie of the year. Zootopia is second, with just a hair (hare?) over $1 billion. The Jungle Book is No. 3 with $963.8 million, and Finding Dory is No. 4 with $944 million. The significance of this list? All four of those movies are Disney pics.
And keep in mind, Disney still has a couple of major movies to unfurl this year: the princess-centric animated lark Moana, and a little thing called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It seems not just possible, but likely that the House of Mouse will have all top five worldwide slots before the books close on 2016.