Box Office: ‘Blue Beetle’ Ends the #1 Run for ‘Barbie’, Still Fails to Impress Financially

1. Blue Beetle (review)- $25.4M

Despite positive reviews from both critics and fans alike the DCU’s latest failed to hit big scoring barely over $25M in its opening weekend. There are a number of things to take into account, though. First and foremost, the release date. A movie geared towards kids should never be released during a weekend where pretty much every kid is either back in school or spending their weekend preparing to do so. Blue Beetle being a mostly unknown property didn’t help much either, I’m sure. Here’s hoping word of mouth keeps this floating steady over the next few weeks since there isn’t much in it’s way.

Hey…if nothing else, at least it can say it’s the film that knocked Barbie off her pedestal.

2. Barbie – $21.5M/$567.2M

3. Oppenheimer – $10.6M/$285.2M

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem – $8.4M/$88.1M

5. Strays (review)- $8.3M

Honestly…I’m shocked Strays did this well. An R-rated “Dogs talking and going on an adventure” movie? Who did they think was going to see this? I think the worst part is that we are overdue for a really good, heartwarming, family friendly film of this type ala The Adventures of Milo & Otis or Homeward Bound

6. Meg 2: The Trench– $6.7M/$66.5M

Proving that people really do love sharks and shark related movies Meg 2 continues to chug along. Jaws it is not, but liberal application of Jason Statham can hide all manner of sins.

7. Talk to Me– $3.1M/$37M

8. Haunted Mansion – $3M/$58.8M

9. Mission: Impossible-Dead Reckoning Part 1– $2.7M/$164.6M

10. The Last Voyage of the Demeter – $2.5M/$11.3M

OOF! Not only did this B-side of the Dracula legend fail to capture a solid opening weekend score it’s also holding the distinction of the biggest second week drop, losing 62% of its audience from last week. This one hurts deep, Dracula’s been overdone, sure, but the idea was genius and the execution was solid. Just more proof that all scary movies should release during spooky season (Sept 15 – Nov 1 for the uninitiated)