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Spy tops US box office as Entourage stalls


Story by Jack Foley

MELISSA McCarthy’s action comedy Spy won the battle of the R-rated comedies at the US box office this weekend, topping the pile with $30 million.

The James Bond spoof, which reunites the actress with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, comfortably beat off the challenge of former HBO series Entourage, which came fourth with $10.4 million. That film, produced by Mark Wahlberg and starring Jeremy Piven, had started off well when released earlier in the week, putting its five-day total at $17.8 million. But it proved no match for McCarthy.

So, whereas Entourage failed to hit the $20 million opening that Warner Bros had been hoping for, Spy proved that the McCarthy-Feig double act is turning into box office gold, following previous successes with Bridesmaids and The Heat.

McCarthy stars in Spy opposite Jason Statham, Rose Byrne and Jude Law. The film also took $25.6 million outside of the US for a global total of $86.5 million.

Faring well in its second weekend was Dwayne Johnson disaster flick San Andreas, which took $26.4 million for a US total of $99.1 million, while third place went to another new release, the horror movie Insidious: Chapter 3, which took $23 million despite poor reviews.

Insidious 3 marks the directorial debut of Insidious screenwriter Leigh Whannell and stars Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Whannell and Lin Shaye. It only cost $10 million to make.

Rounding out the top five, meanwhile, was holdover Mad Max: Fury Road, which placed fifth with $7.9 million and which posted its own box office milestone. The film has now crossed the $300 million mark globally.

Pitch Perfect 2, which slipped outside of the top five at six, also hit its own milestone by taking $250 million globally.

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