Melissa McCarthy's 'Spy' clocks The Rock's 'San Andreas' with $30 million at box office

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Melissa McCarthy's R-rated "Spy" captured the top spot at the North American box office this weekend with its $30 million debut, dethroning the earthquake epic "San Andreas" and holding off Jason Blum's micro-budget horror sequel "Insidious: Chapter 3" and the big-screen version of the HBO TV hit "Entourage."

While the debut for "Spy" was enough to hold off Dwayne "The Rock"Johnson's disaster saga, which was second with $26.4 million, third-place "Insidious" which scared up $23 million and "Entourage," which debuted with $17.8 million for five days, it wasn't the box-officebreakout some had expected for the raunchy comedy from McCarthy and director Paul Feig.

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McCarthy's "Spy" opening is better than that of "Tammy," which opened to $21.5 million last July, and "Bridesmaids," which debuted with $26 million in May of 2011, but it didn't bring the heat of "The Heat," her buddy cop comedy with Sandra Bullock. That one was also directed by Feig, produced by Chernin Entertainment and distributed by Fox like "Spy," and opened to $39 million in June of 2013.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the 'Spy' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the 'Spy' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GEMANY - MAY 26: Melissa McCarthy attends 'Spy: Susan Cooper Undercover' Berlin Photocall at Hotel De Rome on May 26, 2015 in Berlin, Gemany. (Photo Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Actress Melissa McCarthy attend the UK Premiere of 'Spy' at Odeon Leicester Square on May 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10: Melissa McCarthy is seen on May 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Janet Mayer/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 8: The Late Late Show with James Corden airing Tuesday, May 8, 2018, with guests Melissa McCarthy and Chris Parnell. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Jennifer Lopez and Melissa McCarthy on Wenesday, May 9, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Melissa McCarthy is seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on May 07, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
OPELIKA, AL - APRIL 30: Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy attend 'Life Of The Party' World Premiere at AMC Tiger 13 on April 30, 2018 in Opelika, Alabama. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Warner Bros.)
AUBURN, AL - APRIL 30: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the 'Life Of The Party' Auburn University Tour at Auburn University on April 30, 2018 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 24: Actor Melissa McCarthy (L) and Director/Actor Ben Falcone attend CinemaCon 2018 Warner Bros. Pictures Invites You to �The Big Picture�, an Exclusive Presentation of our Upcoming Slate at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! - ABCs Jimmy Kimmel Live! features a week of guest hosts filling in for Jimmy, starting Monday, December 4. The guest host for Thursday, December 7 was Melissa McCarthy with guests Octavia Spencer ('The Shape of Water'), Actor Dave Franco ('The Disaster Artist') and musical guest Hanson. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) DAVE FRANCO, MELISSA MCCARTHY
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Melissa McCarthy is seen on January 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Melissa McCarthy is seen on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG020/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Comedian Dave Chappelle (L) and actor Melissa McCarthy speak onstage during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Jimmy Fallon' Episode 1722 -- Pictured: Melissa McCarthy as Press Secretary Sean Spicer on April 15, 2017 -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 20: Actress Kristen Bell and actress Melissa McCarthy arrive for the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'CHiPS' held at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 20: Actress Melissa McCarthy arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'CHiPS' at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actress Melissa McCarthy poses in the press room during the 2017 People's Choice Awards at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 18: FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTRESS, Melissa McCarthy during the PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2017, the only major awards show where fans determine the nominees and winners across categories of movies, music and television. Broadcast live from the Microsoft Theatre Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 13: Ben Falcone (L) and Melissa McCarthy attend the Viacom Winter TCA Panels and Party on January 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Viacom)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 13: Melissa McCarthy attends the Viacom Winter TCA Panels and Party on January 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Viacom)
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"San Andreas" and the two wide openers – the first release of Focus Features' niche label Gramercy Pictures, "Insidious 3," and Warner Bros.' "Entourage" – delivered as expected. But with "Spy" coming in under the projections of analysts, the overall weekend was down from last year for the third consecutive week, this time by 17 percent.

It's probably nothing that Universal's "Jurassic World" — which is expected to top $100 million when it debuts Friday — won't cure, but this wasn't the sort of weekend that will help 2015 break a summer record, as many analysts believe it will.

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No one at Fox was too worried about "Spy." It added $26 million from abroad, which means that globally, it took in $20 million more than its $65 million production budget in its first three days.

"There's never a replacement for a great comedy, and I think that's what we have here," said Chris Aronson, Fox's distribution chief. "One of the reasons we moved to this date (from the Memorial Day weekend) was to take advantage of the mid-week days now that school is out and the coming weeks, and I think Melissa and Paul have put us in a great position to do that."

McCarthy's movies typically have strong legs and "Spy," which co-stars Jason Statham and Jude Law, is very well-reviewed and at 94 percent positive on Rotten Tomatoes. The audience — which broke down 60 percent female and 65 percent over the age of 25 — gave the comedy a "B+" CinemaScore.

"Insidious: Chapter 3" was nearly a win going in because of its under-$5 million budget. Low costs, a big first day – it was No. 1 ahead of "Spy" on Friday – and an audience dominated by young women and Hispanics is a winning strategy that Blumhouse Productions has employed repeatedly to score with horror hits, and it worked again.

The audience was 54 percent female and nearly 70 percent under the age of 25, and they gave"Insidious" a solid "B+" CinemaScore. Horror fans are notoriously hard graders and it's at a decent 59 percent positive on Rotten Tomatoes, so it could break the pattern of most genre offerings and not drop off the table next week.

Leigh Whannell wrote and directed this installment after writing the first two films, which were directed by his pal James Wan, who is producing with Oren Peli and Blum. Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott and horror veteran Lin Shaye star.

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