Dumbo flies in with a winning box office


We’re not going to be calling Dumbo a hit any time soon unless something magical happens. The film, which would be the first real flop in Disney’s sturdy line of animated remakes, pulled in only $45 million. While Pete’s Dragon definitely made less with $21.5 million, that film didn’t have the budget or the historical weight that Dumbo carried and Disney has to be smarting coming in so far behind for the expected $60 million predicted box office. The relentlessly harsh review won’t help its legs either. Dumbo‘s international haul was OK, but considering that it premiered everywhere day-and-date the $71 million it pulled in is going to make turning a $170 million film profitable difficult.

Never fear for Disney, however, as Captain Marvel is pretty much guaranteed to hit a billion dollars sometime this week. I think the corporation that controls nearly all popular media that isn’t owned by Netflix will be just fine and dandy.

As will Jordan Peele, whose Us crushed another box office weekend pulling in $33.6 million. A decent drop from last weekend but a fantastic box office for an R-rated, genre film’s second weekend no matter what. The movie is going to see some stiff competition, however, once Pet Semetary lands next week. That movie got great buzz out of SXSW and with Stephen King being so hot right now its fair to say that Us could take a major blow. 

1. Dumbo – $45,000,000
2. Us – $33,605,000
3. Captain Marvel – $20,500,000
4. Five Feet Apart – $6,250,000
5. Unplanned – $6,110,000
6. Wonder Park – $4,940,000
7. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – $4,232,000
8. Hotel Mumbai – $3,163,660
9. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral – $2,700,000
10. The Beach Bum – $1,800,000

Matthew Razak
Matthew Razak is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Flixist. He has worked as a critic for more than a decade, reviewing and talking about movies, TV shows, and videogames. He will talk your ear off about James Bond movies, Doctor Who, Zelda, and Star Trek.