New family movie DC League of Super-Pets is opening on the lower end of expectations with an estimated weekend debut in the $23 million range.
The animated superhero pic, which has a voice cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, pulled in an estimated $9.3 million-plus on Friday, including $2.2 million in Thursday previews. Audiences bestowed the movie with an A- CinemaScore.
From Warner Bros. and DC, League of Super-Pets also features the voices of Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski and Keanu Reeves, among others, and marks the theatrical directorial debut of Jared Stern.
League of Super-Pets is yet another test for the family box office in the pandemic era and had hoped to clear $25 million or more in its domestic launch. Warners is counting on the movie, which is playing in 4,315 theaters, having strong legs throughout August.
Elvis, also from Warner, is among a handful of 2022 summer tentpoles enjoying long runs. Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, now its sixth weekend, has grossed nearly $130 million domestically.
As summer slows down in terms of event pics, Jordan Peele and Universal’s Nope will come in No. 2 for the weekend with an estimated $19 million for a pleasing 10-day domestic tally of $81 million.
Marvel and Disney’s Thor: Love and Thunder will come in third with around $13 million as it crosses the $300 million mark in North America. Universal and Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru will do enough business in its fifth weekend to come in No. 4, with an estimated $11 million or more for a domestic cume north of $320 million.
Top Gun: Maverick continues to impress all the way in its 10th weekend. The Paramount and Skydance tenpole will round out the top five with an estimated $8.5 million for a domestic total of $650.8 million through Sunday, one of the best showings of all time.
Focus Features and Blumhouse’s Vengeance is looking at a tenth place finish with a subdued opening in the $1.6 million to $1.7 million range. The movie is playing in under 1,000 theaters.
This story was originally published on July 29, 2022 at 8:07 a.m.