Box Office: 'Spy' Tops With $30 Million, 'Entourage' Cools Off
By Brent Lang
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Melissa McCarthy pushed "Spy" to a $30 million debut in an otherwise lackluster weekend at the box office as summer ticket sales continue to disappoint.
That was on the lower end of projections for the Fox espionage satire, which wraps globe-trotting intrigue in cat sweaters, but it was enough to dislodge last week's champ, "San Andreas," from its first place perch. The Warner Bros. disaster movie secured a second place berth with $26.4 million, and has rumbled its way to a domestic total of $99 million in two weeks of release.
Overall, a weekend that saw three box office newcomers failed to generate enough heat to lift ticket sales to year-ago numbers when "Fault in Our Stars" debuted to $48 million. That's the third straight week of declines, but the streak will likely snap next weekend when "Jurassic World" is projected to roar to more than $100 million.
"I'm still holding out for a record summer, but it's getting harder and harder to see happening," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. "We need summer to start rocking again soon."
"Spy" cost $65 million to produce and rolled out across 3,711 locations. It reunites McCarthy and director Paul Feig, who have previously collaborated on "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids." Chernin Entertainment produced the film, which co-stars Rose Byrne, Jude Law and a surprisingly funny Jason Statham. Overseas, where Statham is next to godliness, the picture took in $25.6 million from 54 markets, bringing its worldwide total to $86.5 million.
Reviews have been rapturous and Fox believes that "Spy" is a picture that will be a model of consistency in the coming weeks. Feig and McCarthy's films show a great deal of box office endurance, with "Bridesmaids" enjoying a 6.4 multiple on its opening and "The Heat" boasting a 4.1 multiple. When it comes to R-rated comedies, "Spy" has a clear runway until "Ted 2" debuts on June 26.
"Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig movies have incredibly long tails," said Chris Aronson, Fox's domestic distribution chief.
Aronson thinks the quality of the film will be a major selling point. Continued...