The Secret Life of Pets marched neatly past the $200 million mark this weekend, adding $50 million and holding on to number one.
Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" reboot has triggered intense debate over its decision to refashion the proton pack-wielding paranormal investigators as an all-female team.
In this April 12, 2016 photo, director Paul Feig, center, poses with cast members, from left, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones during the Sony Pictures Entertainment presentation of "Ghostbusters", at CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas. "Pets" should more than make up the difference on Saturday and Sunday. That is a heck of a lot more than most comedies cost to produce.
"Ghostbusters" also has to overcome the perception - particularly among male fans - that it would not measure up to the 1984 original.
For the fifth straight weekend in a row an animated movie held the number one spot, leaving one of the most talked about remakes to settle for a solid second place.
"Unless it has massive legs, any opening under $50 million is not a triumph", said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. Sony noted that it represented the biggest live-action opening since Fox's "X-Men: Apocalypse" two months ago and the second-highest live-action non-superhero film of the year behind Disney's "The Jungle Book". Those wanting to know just how well Ghostbusters is doing will find out over the next couple of weeks. With an estimated budget of around $145 million, plus a $100 million prints and advertising price tag, just making around $46 million on its opening weekend doesn't cut it. Especially with the movie not being allowed to play in China, which has been a saviour for the global box office of numerous movies this summer. For the second straight week, the animated movie took down all comers, including Ghostbusters.
The weekend's other wide release debut, Broad Green's "The Infiltrator", debuted Wednesday across 1,601 theaters, taking in a tepid $6.7 million in its first five days of release.
While Sony wants its new film to spawn a brand new franchise, it's a safe bet the Secret Life of Pets is well on its way to doing the same. "At least people are talking about the movies, and sometimes that's a victory in itself".
President Obama called for unity, but we must also continue to have conversations about training police officers to de-escalate. At a town hall meeting recorded to be broadcast in prime time, Obama cautiously offered suggestions, but no surefire solutions.
And there was no reason to think that the delegates, if freed, would have come up with an alternative to Trump. But others, including Nevada's leadership, have pushed for unity in the weeks leading up to the event.
It wasn't what Steenkamp's family or the thousands of people who religiously followed the development of case expected. Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp on Valentine's Day three years ago. "It is an insult to women in this country".
City officials say the changes will allow travelers to have easier flight connections and make leaving O'Hare easier. Emanuel was keen to point out that the renovations would not require taxpayer money.
Baltimore Police said a seven-year-old girl is among those being held hostage at the restaurant, according to WJZ . Smith said the department had no other preliminary information to provide but will furnish updates later.
Authorities believe there are partygoers who know the identities of the shooters and are calling for witnesses to come forward. The Kern County Sheriff's Office said about 150 people were at the party on Stephens Drive, near Belle Terrace and Wible Road.
Following his departure, the firm stripped itself of Samson's name and rebranded as Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi P.C. If United complies with the terms of its non-prosecution agreement for two years, the airline will not be prosecuted.
Barack Obama won the state by almost 10 points in 2012, and it hasn't gone to the Republican Party candidate since 1988. Mike Pence joins Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Westfield, Indiana, July 12, 2016.