Dinosaurs, Incredibles 2 still pack mighty box-office bite

A still from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
A still from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. PHOTO: UNIVERSAL PICTURES

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Big-grossing films Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Incredibles 2 again dominated the North American box office over the weekend.

But two new entrants beat expectations to place third and fourth.

Universal's latest earth-stomping dinosaur movie took in US$60 million (S$82 million) for the three-day weekend, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported.

The superhero-family-next-door of Incredibles 2, a Pixar/Disney animation, earned US$45.5 million.

Together, they helped estimated industry receipts to the end of June rise 15 per cent against the same month last year.

Variety said two new films, Sony's Sicario: Day Of The Soldado and Lionsgate's Uncle Drew, had easily outperformed expectations to place third and fourth.

The Sicario sequel, an action thriller starring Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, took in US$19 million, outperforming the well-reviewed original film by US$7 million.

Its highly-topical premise has CIA agent Brolin teaming up with hitman Del Toro to fight drug cartels smuggling "terrorists" across the Mexican border.

On a lighter note, Uncle Drew draws on the talents of basketball stars present and past - Kyrie Irving, Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Webber, Lisa Leslie and Reggie Miller, with a court-full of others in cameo roles.

Hard-luck streetball team manager Uncle Drew (Irving, in a role that originated in a Pepsi ad) rounds up his old crew ahead of a big tournament in Brooklyn.

The film took in US$15.5 million.

Ocean's 8 from Warner slipped two spots to fifth, taking in US$8 million in its fourth week out.