The horror genre topped a family friendly animated live-action crocodile as Paramount Pictures’ Smile beat Sony/Columbia Pictures’ Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile with $17.6 million in projected revenue through Oct. 9. That bests Crocodile, featuring Shawn Mendes’ voice for Lyle, with an estimated $11.5 million in ticket sales across more than 4,300 North American screens.
The other weekend theatrical debut, Amsterdam, proved a flop, generating just $6.5 million across 3,000 screens for distributor 20th Century Studios, which reportedly spent $80 million in production costs on the comedy drama with an expensive all-star cast.
Smile, which features Sosie Bacon playing a doctor working in a psychiatric hospital, has generated more than $52 million on a budget of $17 million. The title adds to Paramount’s successful 2022 theatrical slate that includes box office No. 1 Top Gun: Maverick, The Lost City, Scream and Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Sony’s The Woman King, starring Oscar winner Viola Davis as a tribal warlord, and Warner’s Don’t Worry Darling, generated another $5.3 million ($53.5 million) and $3.4 million ($58 million), respectively, to round out the top 5 — and another slow weekend box office.