Box Office: Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Spy’ to Top ‘Entourage,’ ‘San Andreas’ With $35 Million Debut

Box Office: Melissa McCarthy's 'Spy' to

In an era of anemic star power, Melissa McCarthy has defied the trend by consistently packing a box office wallop.

The comedienne will once again flex those muscles this weekend when “Spy,” a critically adored send-up of the espionage genre, debuts to roughly $35 million across approximately 3,650 theaters. That should be just enough to push “Spy” past another star-driven vehicle, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s “San Andreas,” which should bring in $26 million after snagging first place at the box office last weekend with a smashing $54.6 million bow.

“Spy” reunites McCarthy with her “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat” director Paul Feig and co-stars Rose Byrne, Jude Law and Jason Statham. Both of McCarthy’s previous Feig collaborations were big summer hits, and the actress was even able to push the mediocre “Tammy” to more than $100 million globally.

Fox is releasing the $65 million “Spy,” and Chernin Entertainment produced the story of a hapless CIA agent who finds herself abandoning her desk job for a chance to track terrorists across Europe. No matter what the final number is come Monday, the studio thinks “Spy” will benefit from strong word of mouth and its 95% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, “Entourage” proved to be reviews proof after kicking off to a surprisingly robust $2 million latenight debut on Tuesday. The bros in the Hollywood bigscreen continuation of the HBO series have been target practice for film critics, who have relished in throwing shade at the ongoing saga of Vinnie Chase’s charmed life in Tinseltown.

The Warner Bros. release was produced for under $30 million and should pull in north of $20 million for the five-day period. That’s stronger than early tracking suggested “Entourage” would be able to pull off.

That leaves one other new wide release vying for space. “Insidious: Chapter 3” should bow to $25 million when it premieres in over 3,000 U.S. theaters. The horror film is being released under Focus Features’ Gramercy Pictures label, and stars Dermot Mulroney and Stefanie Scott. Blumhouse produced the film using its micro-budget, no-frills or unnecessary condiments at craft service, model.

In the arthouse scene, Roadside Attractions will field the Brian Wilson biopic “Love and Mercy” and Sony Pictures Classics will unveil the World War I coming-of-age drama “Testament of Youth.”

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  1. Aneri Jas says:

    ENTOURAGE!! Never saw an episode on HBO, but started watching the series about a month ago. Saw the movie-EXCELLENT movie. Funny as heck! Loved it!

  2. Jj says:

    Entourage was lame. Past it’s expiration date. WB better not overspend on p & a.

  3. Spider says:

    Saw “Entourage”, today. I liked it. Very entertaining.

  4. Coach L. says:

    Damn Connie, that’s not very nice. I thought she was funny as hell in “Bridesmaids”

    • Connie says:

      Yeah I didn’t mean to be harsh like that. Its just that come on how can you rehash the same movie material over and over and still expect people to stick around. We get it shes fat and loud, and obnoxious nobody cares anymore.

  5. Coach L. says:

    No way in Hell, does it surpass San Andreas

  6. CelluloidFan35mm says:

    Well. It looks like another crappy weekend at the movies.
    Spy looks like another lazy attempt at comedy despite the praise its getting.
    Entourage looks just as bad. I never liked the show so I have no real interest in this one.
    Insidious: Chapter 3 I’ll wait for the blu-ray. Like the superhero movies, fatigue is setting in for supernatural movies.
    This summer so far has been a complete letdown. Call me when Jurassic World opens. It looks like the only movie this summer that’s worth anything.

  7. Randy Brooks says:

    My movie dollars are still parked, no sale, Hollywood, its time for a real movie. Quit ripping off old ideas. You old actors and actresses, I’m calling for you. Get something real in the mix and get it done. Don’t take a leaf out of William Holdens end. You need to write it, sell it and hold it close. Stallone, you might be able to push the Expendables further but get yourself a new thing and then take the time to make it interesting, funny, a real barn burner and something that you know will cause a buzz, then share it and make it happen Bruce Willis, what is up with that chip on your shoulder? Sigourney Weaver, hey where did you go? There are millions of ideas, get one and make me breathless like I was when Julie Christie’s belly was in front of my six year old eyes in Doctor Zhivago. I imagine some dummy will come up with something like Lawrence of Arabia 2 now, starring those Penguins lost on the boat. What I itch for is somethiing like this. a manhole pops up in Tomorrowland’s movie and somebody grabs Clooney and drags him off to make a real movie. Put an apple in his mouth to skip the poilitics.

  8. Shaun Teller says:

    Spy is her best movie to date. Best comedy in ages.

  9. Cornelia Trowbridge says:

    Melissa McCarthy is talented and her “physical comedy” is impressive. “Identity theft” was LOL funny cut “Tammy” was a big disappointment. Look forward to “Spy” — hope this movie will restore my faith in Melissa McCarthy.

    • Iván el Terrible says:

      Talent also depends in how actors and actresses choose their roles. Let’s hope McCarthy has got it right. Who knows? I can see her and this movie getting nominations for Golden Globe awards in the categories of film comedy.

  10. Sylvia says:

    “Entourage” just proves that critics and Hollywood lap dogs can’t wreck this movie’s success. Love it that that they’ll have to eat crow.

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