“Skyscraper” is about a daring rescue from the tallest building in the world, so it’s ironic that the film itself couldn’t quite get off the ground. It opened on Friday, July 13, in the US, and during its opening weekend it brought in $25.4 million, which landed it in third place for its first three days. That’s about $10 million shy of the opening numbers for Dwayne Johnson‘s last movie “Rampage,” which opened this past spring with $35 million and ended up with a $99 million haul in North America and $425 million worldwide. So Universal may similarly have to look to international markets to support the film.
While “Skyscraper” was somewhat earthbound, the animated sequel “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” launched in the top spot with $44 million grossed domestically. It has already taken in more than $100 million worldwide. Its domestic numbers are on par with the openings of the previous two installments of the franchise. Part one opened in 2012 with $42 million, and its sequel debuted in 2015 with $48 million. The three films in the series have grossed nearly $1 billion combined.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” had a significant drop in its second weekend (down 62% from its debut), but its $28.8 million still managed to keep it ahead of “Skyscraper” for second place. The Marvel sequel has brought in $132 million domestically thus far, with a worldwide total of $283 million. The original film in 2015 topped out at $180 million domestic and $519 million worldwide.