The North American box office blew up this weekend strictly for one reason.
The release of the latest installment of the franchise, “Star Trek Beyond,” stomped on all the other films in theatres this week, and nearly tripled their earnings.
“Star Trek Beyond” earned $59.6 million in its first weekend in release.
The Paramount summer hit stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba and Simon Pegg.
The last “Star Trek” movie installment was in 2013 with “Star Trek Into Darkness,” also starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg.
Falling to second place after being top dog for two weeks straight, “The Secret Life of Pets.”
The highly successful animated film brought in another $29.33 million this weekend.
This film has grossed $260.71 in three weeks of release.
The Universal film stars the voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart.
In the third spot this week, the highly anticipated summer flick, “Ghostbusters.”
The film fell one spot this week, earning $21.6 million.
The Sony film stars “Bridemaids” duo, Melissa McCarthy, and Kristen Wig, along with “Saturday Night Live” stars Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
Though some of the original “Ghostbusters” fans expressed anger when Sony announced an all-female version of the beloved classic, the film is doing extremely well considering.
You go, girls!
In fourth place this week, a scary newcomer, “Lights Out.”
The Warner Bros. horror film earned $21.6 million in its first weekend.
The film stars Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, and Billy Burke.
The film follows a two siblings, Rebecca and Martin. When Martin starts experiencing the same events that once tested his sister’s sanity, Rebecca tries to unlock the truth behind the terror and fear, bringing her face to face with an entity that has an attachment to their mother.
According to reviews, the horror film just doesn’t live up to scary expectations, leaving people to wonder if the film is more about mental illness then scaring the audience.
Who will round out the top five?
“Ice Age: Collision Course” premieres at No.5 this weekend.
The Twentieth Century Fox film almost made it to the fourth spot, but was cut short, earning $21 million.
Audiences can’t seem to get enough of “Ice Age,” this is the fifth installment of in the franchise.
The animated film stars many of the familiar voices fans associate within the “Ice Age” characters.
These voices include, Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, and Queen Latifah.
But many stars lended their voices for this film, including singer Jessie J, actor Adam Devine, “Modern Family”‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, former NFL player Michael Strahan, the diva herself Jennifer Lopez, and former child star Keke Palmer.
In this installment, Manny (Romano), Denis (Leary) and Sid (Leguizamo) team up with Buck (Simon Pegg) to fend off a meteor strike that could destroy the world.
The first “Ice Age” came out in 2002.
It was always a favourite of mine, so I am sure I will go watch this film very soon!
Let us see who made the rest of the list this weekend.
6. “Finding Dory” falls below the top five this weekend, unable to beat the success of new titles coming out. The film earned $7.22 million this weekend.
7. “The Legend of Tarzan” also falls short, landing in the seventh spot this weekend. The film fell five spots from last weekend, earning only $6.43 million.
8. “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” lands at No.8 this weekend. The comedy starring Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza earned $4.4 million in North America this weekend.
9. “Kabali” earned just over $4 million this weekend.
And in tenth place, we have a political film. “Hilary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.” The film earned $3.79 million in North America.
That’s all folks, tune in next week to find out what film makes it to No.1.