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Hollywood gathering summer momentum after a slow start
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After first half of the year, the box office is suddenly booming.

the Illumination Animation sequel, led the way over the holiday weekend with $75 million in ticket sales Friday through Sunday and $122.6 million since opening on Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The Independence Day holiday weekend haul for the Universal Pictures release further extends the considerable box-office reign of the Minions, And it also kept a summer streak going for Hollywood.

Though overall ticket sales were down more than 40% from levels prior to the COVID 19 pandemic, heading into the summer moviegoing season, theaters have lately seen a succession of hits. After Sonysa国际传媒檚 , Pixarsa国际传媒檚 sa国际传媒淚nside Out 2sa国际传媒 worldwide, making it the first release since sa国际传媒淏arbiesa国际传媒 to reach that mark. Last weekend, the Paramount prequel sa国际传媒淎 Quiet Place: Day Onesa国际传媒 also came in above expectations.

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The continued strong sales for sa国际传媒淚nside Out 2sa国际传媒 were enough to put the film in second place for the domestic weekend. Last weeksa国际传媒檚 top new film, sa国际传媒淎 Quiet Place: Day One,sa国际传媒 slid to third with $21 million in its second weekend, with another $21.1 million from overseas theaters. That was a steep decrease of 60%, though the Paramount prequel has amassed $178.2 million worldwide in two weeks.

The run of hits has caused some studios to boost their forecasts for the summer movie season. Heading into the most lucrative season at theaters, analysts were predicting a $3 billion summer, down from the more typical $4 billion mark. Now, closer to $3.4 billion appears likely.

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. sa国际传媒淒espicable Me 4,sa国际传媒 $75 million.

2. sa国际传媒淚nside Out 2,sa国际传媒 $30 million.

3. sa国际传媒淎 Quiet Place Day One,sa国际传媒 $21 million.

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5. sa国际传媒淏ad Boys: Ride or Die,sa国际传媒 $6.5 million.

6. sa国际传媒淗orizon: An American Saga, Chapter 1,sa国际传媒 $5.5 million.

7. sa国际传媒淪ound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot,sa国际传媒 $3.2 million.

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10. sa国际传媒淜inds of Kindness,sa国际传媒 $860,000.

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