‘Spy’ snags first place with $30M debut

Spy - Melissa McCarthy1. Spy – $30 million [debut week] Melissa McCarthy continues to prove her box office prowess with another strong summer comedy opening weekend. This was her second best summer kickoff behind the $39 million from the 2013 hit ‘The Heat.’

Experts predicted ‘Spy’ could reach as high as $35 so this was slightly below expectations. With its excellent critical response — 95% on rottentomatoes.com — this should have a lengthy stint in the Top 5.

2. San Andreas – $26.4 million [2nd week; $99 million] Dwayne Johnson’s earthquake drama just slipped to second despite three new arrivals to theaters.

3. Insidious: Chapter 3 – $23 million [debut week] Similar to other recent horror films, the third chapter of the ‘Insidious’ saga has already made a profit. Budgeted for a cost effective $10 million, the film has already more than doubled that. Somewhat alarming for the franchise, this opening was just a little more than half the debut of ‘Insidious: Chapter 2,’ which opened to $40.2 million in 2013,

4. Entourage – $10.4 million [debut week; $17.8 million since Wednesday] Compared to HBO’s other big show turned movie, ‘Sex and the City,’ which opened to $57 million in 2008, ‘Entourage’ was a bit underwhelming. Most critics hated it and its debut was less than the optimistic $20 million opening. The film’s low $27 million budget should guarantee a decent profit all the same, but talks of a potential trilogy seem unlikely.

5. Mad Max: Fury Road – $8 million [4th week; $130.8 million] The action spectacle landed the fifth spot for its likely last week in the Top 5. Worldwide the film has earned $307.4 million.