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Cartoons at the box office: The Rock shake, rattle, and rolls to first place

Updated on December 10, 2021

The Rock protects his modern tech age family from the town of San Francisco, as “San Andreas” took a well grounded first place this weekend at the box office. The film opened with $53.2 million, which matches nicely with its $60 million earned overseas so far, for a global total of $113.2 million. Yes, Dwayne Johnson is still a rock-solid draw.

Elsewhere, “Pitch Perfect 2” stays in second place, with earnings of $14.4 million (-53.3% from last weekend). The musical comedy’s earned $147.5 million domestic and $80.7 million overseas, or a global total of $228.2 million. Expect “Pitch Perfect 3: Another Bad B-Word-Related Pun” in the future?

Dropping to third place from last weekend is “Tomorrowland,” which made $13.8 million (-58.2%). Its totals stand at $63.2 million domestic and $70 million overseas, or a global total of $133.2 million. Given its whopping $190 million budget, there’s been a lot of grumbling about it underperforming, along with the mixed reviews.

In fourth place is “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which has become one of the more positively received films in May. The sequel made $13.6 million (-44.7%) this weekend; its totals now stand at $115.9 million domestic, $165 million overseas, and $280.9 million globally.

In fifth place is “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which earned $10.9 million (-49.7%). Its totals now stand at $427.1 million domestic, $894.2 million overseas, and $1.321 billion globally. It still managed to beat out the lackluster sixth place opening for “Aloha”; maybe a lack of diversity in a film set in Hawaii wasn’t such a good idea? The film’s made by Sony, a studio which has had a lot of recent issues with diversity/racial sensitivity.

In tenth place again is DreamWorks’ “Home,” which made another $1.2 million (-34.4%). The film’s earned $170.4 million domestic and $193 million overseas, for a global total of $363.4 million to date. “Home” has been pretty steady at the box office, even in the face of tough competition, and has been a badly needed success for DreamWorks. Again, people will go see films starring a non-White lead, despite Hollywood’s issues with race.

Outside the top 10 films, “Furious 7” has now earned $1.506 billion globally to date, and is closing in on the original “Avengers” for the slot of third highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation). The top two films’ $2 billion+ grosses (“Avatar” and “Titanic” respectively) will likely be safe.

Opening next weekend are three films, “Entourage” (based on the cable TV series), horror film “Insidious Chapter 3,” and R-rated comedy “Spy.”

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