DreamWorks Animation’s Kid-Friendly ‘The Bad Guys’ Tops Weekend Box Office

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.

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“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.

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