Dumbo takes off with a soft $45 million, topping the box office
Disney and Tim Burton’s Dumbo isn’t exactly soaring, but it’ll have enough lift to reach the top of the box office on its opening weekend.
The live-action update of the beloved 1941 animated film is on track to sell an estimated $45 million in tickets at 4,259 theaters in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday, unseating Jordan Peele’s horror hit Us ($33.6 million). Dumbo’s muted opening comes in below industry projections, which were in the $50 million to $58 million range, while also falling short of previous live-action Disney re-imaginings like Beauty and the Beast ($174.8 million), The Jungle Book ($103.3 million), Maleficent ($69.4 million), and Cinderella ($67.9 million).
Directed by Burton and made for an estimated $170 million, Dumbo has garnered mixed reviews from movie critics, while audiences gave it an A-minus CinemaScore. Expanding upon the original film’s heartwarming story of a baby elephant who becomes a circus star thanks to his big, floppy ears, the new version stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, and Eva Green.
Disney will also be unveiling live-action updates of Aladdin and The Lion King later this year.
In second place, Peele and Universal’s Us is holding steady in its sophomore weekend, with a decline of about 53 percent from its stellar debut. After 10 days in theaters, its domestic total sits at an estimated $128.2 million. The film will add about $22.6 million overseas this weekend, bringing its worldwide haul to about $174.5 million.
A critical hit, Us stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex as a family who come face-to-face with their freaky doppelgängers.
Rounding out the top five this weekend are Disney and Marvel’s latest superhero hit, Captain Marvel, with an estimated $20.5 million; CBS Films and Lionsgate’s teen romantic drama Five Feet Apart, with an estimated $6.3 million; and Pure Flix’s anti-abortion drama Unplanned, with an estimated $6.1 million.
Elsewhere, Neon and Harmony Korine’s stoner comedy The Beach Bum is flopping with a debut of about $1.8 million at 1,100 theaters (a per-screen average of about $1,636). That figure marks a career-worst opening for Matthew McConaughey, who plays the title role. The film also stars Isla Fisher, Snoop Dogg, and Zac Efron.
Overall box office is down 16.3 percent year-to-date, according to Comscore. Check out the March 29-31 numbers below.
1. Dumbo — $45 million
2. Us — $33.6 million
3. Captain Marvel — $20.5 million
4. Five Feet Apart — $6.3 million
5. Unplanned — $6.1 million
6. Wonder Park — $4.9 million
7. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World — $4.2 million
8. Hotel Mumbai — $3.2 million
9. A Madea Family Funeral — $2.7 million
10. The Beach Bum — $1.8 million