Paramount'swar comedy "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" managed to beat Universal'srom-com "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" for the top spot on 'svideo-on-demand rankings for the week ended July 3.
"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" is based on Americanjournalist Kim Barker's memoir "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days inAfghanistan and Pakistan." It relates Barker's experiences during herreporting tour there in comedic light. Directed by Glenn Ficarra and JohnRequa, the movie stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, ChristopherAbbott, Alfred Molina and Billy Bob Thornton.
The movie generated about $23 million in the U.S., accordingto comScore. The film had a production budget of $35 million, accordingto BoxOfficeMojo.com.
The film received mixed reviews from the critics. "WhileWTF is far from FUBAR, Tina Fey and Martin Freeman are just barely enough toovercome the picture's glib predictability and limited worldview,"RottenTomatoes.com noted,handing it a "fresh" rating of 68%, with an audience score of 59%. OnMetacritic, the movie earned a 57out of 100, and the user score of a 6.6. The film's rating on IMDbstood at 6.7 as of July 14.
Debuting at No. 2 was the sequel to 2002's "My Big FatGreek Wedding." Directed by Kirk Jones, the movie follows the charactersfrom the first movie later on in their lives.
"My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" generated about $59.7million at the domestic box office, with about $29.2 million internationally,for a worldwide total of roughly $89.0 million, accordingto BoxOfficeMojo.com. According to comScore, the movie made $59.6 million inthe U.S.
The movie was slammedat RottenTomatoes.com. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is as sweet andharmless as the original, but its collection of sitcom gags and stereotypesnever coalesces into anything resembling a story with a purpose," wrotethe site, giving it a "rotten" score of 29%. The audience score onthe site was 59%. The rating onMetacritic was 37 out of 100, while the user score on that site was 5.7. IMDb'sscore currentlystands at 6.1.
Fox's computer-animated action comedy "Kung Fu Panda 3"debuted at No. 4 on the comScore VOD rankings. Featuring the voice talents ofJack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J. K. Simmons, SethRogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Kate Hudson and Jackie Chan, themovie continues the "legendary adventures of awesomeness" of Po thePanda.
The movie generated roughly $143.5 million at the local boxoffice, and raked in about $375.5 million internationally, for a worldwidetotal of about $519.0 million, BoxOfficeMojo.com reported.According to comScore, the film made $143.4 million at the U.S. box office.
"Kung Fu Panda 3" received a "fresh" rating of 86% onRottenTomatoes.com. The website said the movie "boasts the requisitevisual splendor, but like its rotund protagonist, this sequel's narrative isalso surprisingly nimble, adding up to animated fun for the whole family."The audience score on RottenTomatoes.com was 80%. The film received a score of66 out of 100 on Metacritic.com, with a user score of 7.6. As of July 14, themovie had a scoreof 7.3 on IMDb.
Separately, 's BuenaVista led the 2016 box office gross chart for the major studios analyzed, witha take of about $2.02 billion, according to S&P Global Market Intelligencedata for the year through week 27.
21st CenturyFox Inc.'s 20th Century Fox maintained its No. 2 spot with a boxoffice gross of $883.1 million, followed by Comcast Corp.'s Universal at No. 3 with $485.1 million.Viacom Inc.'sParamount was at No. 4 with $428.8 million, followed by at No. 5 with $391.4million and Focus Features at No. 6 with $131.3 million.