April 24, 2022
Family-friendly movies continue to resonate among consumers with Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys topping the North American box office with an estimated $24 million in ticket sales across more than 4,000 screens ($87.1 million globally) through April 24.
The movie is following a 2022 theatrical trend that has seen family titles such as Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which generated an estimated $15.2 million across 3,800 screens to bring its global tally above $145 million after three weeks of release, Disney/Pixar Animation’s Turning Red and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore — which saw about $12 million across 4,000 screens.
“The very positive critical and audience reaction to The Bad Guys echoes the overperformance of our title at the domestic box office this weekend and deservedly so as this is a broad, action-packed, charming film with clever comedy for the entire family,” Jim Orr, president of domestic theatrical distribution at Universal Pictures, said in a statement.
Rounding out the top five are Universal/Focus Features’ The Northman, which saw an estimated $12 million in ticket sales across more than 3,800 locations, and Lionsgate’s eccentric comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, headlining Nicolas Cage with $7.1 million in projected revenue.