(HOLLYWOODREPORTER) — This past weekend was down more than 44 percent from the comparable weekend in 2015, when 'Jurassic World' roared to a record $208.8 million opening, making for a particularly stark comparison; Hollywood is banking on a fish named Dory and other tentpoles waiting in the wings to close the gap.
The early summer box office in North America has developed a case of the blues, with revenue down sharply over last year.
Revenue for the May 6-June 12 period is roughly $1.24 billion, a 22 percent decline from the $1.597 billion collected between May 1-June 14 in 2015. Due to the vagaries of the calendar, the summer tally officially started on May 1 in 2015, compared with May 6 this year when Captain America: Civil War debuted.
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