McCarthy’s ‘Spy’ tops with US$30 mil.; ‘En­tourage’ lags

The China Post - - ARTS - BY JAKE COYLE

Melissa McCarthy left the guys of “En­tourage” in the dust, land­ing her first No. 1 box-of­fice de­but as a lead­ing lady with an es­ti­mated US$30 mil­lion week­end for the es­pi­onage com­edy “Spy.”

The re­sult added to the string of suc­cesses for McCarthy and writer- direc­tor Paul Feig, who first united on the 2011 hit “Brides­maids.” While “Spy” fell short of the US$39.1 mil­lion de­but of their 2013 com­edy “The Heat,” with San­dra Bul­lock, and came in a tad lower than some pre­dicted, it was good enough to win a week­end lack­ing block­buster punch but crowded with ac­tion, hor­ror and the res­ur­rected HBO se­ries.

“It sets the ta­ble for a fan­tas­tic long run,” said Chris Aron­son, head of dis­tri­bu­tion for 20th Cen­tury Fox.

The R- rated, ac­tion- heavy “Spy,” made for about US$ 65 mil­lion, will de­pend on word-of­mouth and its gen­er­ally glow­ing re­views to pro­pel it fur­ther in the com­ing weeks. The film, in which McCarthy plays a desk-bound CIA of­fi­cer sent into a James Bond-like Euro­pean ca­per, has al­ready made US$56.5 mil­lion over­seas.

Last week’s top film, “San An­dreas,” the dis­as­ter movie star­ring Dwayne “The Rock” John­son, slid to sec­ond place with US$26.4 mil­lion. “In­sid­i­ous: Chap­ter 3” opened with an es­ti­mated US$23 mil­lion, a strong de­but for the low-bud­get hor­ror pre­quel from Ja­son Blum’s Blum­house Pro­duc­tions.

But HBO’s “En­tourage,” made for about US$30 mil­lion, failed to com­pete with those re­leases. The film, re­leased about four years af­ter the se­ries con­cluded, made US$10.4 mil­lion over the week­end and has brought in a five-day to­tal of US$17.8 mil­lion since open­ing Wed­nes­day.

Dan Fell­man, head of dis­tri­bu­tion for Warner Bros., said ad­vance track­ing for the film had been soft and that com­par­isons to “Sex in the City” — an­other post­fi­nale HBO adap­ta­tion — weren’t ac­cu­rate. That 2008 re­lease opened with US$57 mil­lion.

Paul Der­garabe­dian, se­nior me­dia an­a­lyst for box-of­fice tracker Ren­trak said that while the in­di­vid­ual re­sults for the week­end likely meant prof­itabil­ity for their dis­trib­u­tors, the mar­ket­place is suf­fer­ing from a lack of mo­men­tum af­ter a string of lack­lus­ter week­ends, par­tic­u­larly a weak Me­mo­rial Day hol­i­day when Dis­ney’s “To­mor­row­land” opened flatly.

“This is our third down week­end in a row. It takes some wind out of our sails,” Der­garabe­dian said. “We need a hit like ‘Juras­sic World’ and we needed it yes­ter­day.”

Uni­ver­sal’s “Juras­sic World” opens Fri­day with ex­pec­ta­tions of a US$100 mil­lion-plus open­ing.

In a medium-sized re­lease, the ac­claimed Lion­s­gate, Road­side At­trac­tions drama “Love & Mercy,” which stars Paul Dano and John Cu­sack as Brian Wil­son, opened with US$2.2 mil­lion on 483 screens.

Es­ti­mated ticket sales for Fri­day through Sun­day at U.S. and Canadian the­aters, ac­cord­ing to Ren­trak. Where avail­able, the lat­est in­ter­na­tional num­bers for Fri­day through Sun­day are also in­cluded. Fi­nal do­mes­tic fig­ures will be re­leased Mon­day.


This photo pro­vided by Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox shows Melissa McCarthy, as Su­san Cooper, a CIA an­a­lyst who vol­un­teers to go deep un­der­cover to in­fil­trate the world of a deadly arms dealer and pre­vent a global dis­as­ter, in a scene from the film “Spy.”

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