New Action Comedy ‘Argylle’ Expected to Top Another Slow Weekend Box Office

Universal Pictures/Apple Original Films’ new action comedy Argylle is projected to lead another slow weekend box office with upwards of $16 million in ticket sales, according to data from Box Office Pro.

The movie, whose ensemble cast includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Henry Cavill, John Cena, Dua Lipa, and Oscar winners Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Samuel L. Jackson (Honorary Award for Lifetime Achievement), generated $1.7 million in sneak Thursday screenings.

The movie is expected to supplant previous box office pole sitters, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonka (projecgted $4.4 million), MGM Studios’ The Beekeeper ($4.3 million), and Paramount Pictures’ Mean Girls ($4.6 million) to round out another slow weekend box office.

Through January, the 2024 North American box office — led by Wonka — is down more than 15% in ticket sales compared to the first month of 2022, which was spearheaded by 20th Century Studios’ sequel Avatar: The Way of Water.

With the exception of Fathom Events’ new religious-themed release The Chosen ($3.2 million), the weekend features an extended cast of theatrical returnees, including Universal’s animated Migration ($3.7 million), Columbia Pictures’ adult comedy Anyone But You ($3.7 million), Amazon MGM Studios’ Oscar-nominated American Fiction ($2.3 million), Searchlight Pictures’ Poor Things, and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom ($1.8 million).

Wonka, Migration, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom are available for digital rent/purchase, while The Beekeeper is only available on Premium VOD rental.

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‘Insidious: The Red Door’ Wrests Weekend Box Office Title From ‘Indiana Jones’ With $32.6 Million Haul

The fifth installment of the “Insidious” horror movie franchise, Insidious: The Red Door, pulled off a surprise for distributor Sony/Screen Gems: dethroning Disney-owned Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny from atop the North American weekend box office through July 9.

Featuring original cast members Patrick Wilson (who also directs), Rose Byrne, Andrew Astor and Ty Simpkins, Insidious: The Red Door generated an estimated $32.6 million in ticket sales across more than 3,000 North American screens, to beat Dial of Destiny’s $26.5 million across more than 4,000 screens (a 56% drop from its debut weekend). The latter added $31.8 million in estimated foreign ticket sales to up its global tally to almost $248 million.

Sony said the Red Door results exceeded expectations, coming in higher than the opening weekend of the previous installment, 2018’s Insidious: The Last Key, making it the second-highest opening weekend in the franchise’s history behind Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013). And it’s the biggest opening weekend for a ‘PG-13′ horror film in the past two years.

Angel Studios’ Sound of Freedom, starring Jim Caviezel (Passion of the Christ) as a former G-man who quits his job to rescue children from international sex traffickers, rounded out the podium with $17 million in ticket sales. The tally underscores the ongoing appeal of faith-based theatrical releases among moviegoers, underscored by Lionsgate’s recent Jesus Revolution, which generated $53 million at the worldwide box office.

Disney/Pixar Animation’s Elemental added $9.6 million in ticket sales across more than 3,400 screens to finish No. 4, and up its domestic tally past $109 million, and $252 million worldwide.

Former box office champ, Sony Pictures Animation sequel Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, saw another $8 million in revenue across 3,000 screens, to up its North American tally near $358 million, and $619 million globally.

Lionsgate’s new comedy release Joy Ride grossed an estimated $5.85 million this weekend across 2,820 screens nationwide (including $1.1 million from preview shows). The opening weekend audience, according to PostTrak, was 58% female and 72% older (25+). Lionsgate is banking the movie, from the producers of Neighbors and the co-screenwriter of Crazy Rich Asians, and co-starring Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Oscar nominee Stephanie Hsu, and Sabrina Wu, will benefit from strong reviews and word of mouth in the weeks to come.

Columbia Pictures’ No Hard Feelings made $1.645 million on Friday, $2.130 million on Saturday, with the Sony studio projecting $1.475 million on Sunday across 2,686 screens. Columbia is projecting $5.250 million for the weekend, bringing its total domestic gross to $40.412 million through Sunday.

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‘Indiana Jones’ Faces Three New Releases in Sophomore Box Office Weekend

Despite an underwhelming box office start, Disney/Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny appears to be a lock to win its second straight theatrical weekend with more than $28 million in projected ticket sales, according to estimates from Box Office Pro.

The fifth installment in the action franchise that debuted in 1981, with Harrison Ford reprising his role as Indiana Jones reportedly for the final appearance, looks to approach $126 million in total North American ticket sales ($190 million globally) through July 9.

The movie faces three new smaller releases, led by Sony Pictures/Screen Gems/Stage 6 Films/Blumhouse’s Insidious: The Red Door, which made $5 million for Thursday night early shows across 2,806 screens.

The horror franchise’s original cast returns for the final chapter of the Lambert family’s saga. To put their demons to rest once and for all, Josh (Patrick Wilson) and a college-aged Dalton (Ty Simpkins) must go deeper into The Further than ever before, facing their family’s dark past and a host of new and more horrifying terrors that lurk behind the red door.

Lionsgate’s Joy Ride, which enters the weekend with strong critical appeal (91% Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), grossed $1.1 million in preview screenings. Co-starring Ashley Park (“Emily in Paris,” “The Beef”), Sherry Cola, Oscar nominee Stephanie Hsu (Everything, Everywhere All at Once), and Sabrina Wu, the explicit story of identity and self-discovery centers on four unlikely friends who embark on a once-in-a-lifetime international adventure.

The movie is tracking to generate upwards of $9 million, according to industry estimates, a start that should allow the modestly budgeted film to enjoy weeks of summer play to come.

Angel Studios’ Sound of Freedom aims to capitalize on the commercial appeal of faith-based films that have seen an occasional resurgence in recent years, including His Only Son, The Chosen and Jesus Revolution, among others. Ticket sales for the Jim Caviezel (Passion of the Christ)-led thriller about a crusader against child trafficking have impressed thanks to the strong grassroots campaign mounted by the studio. The film debuted July 4 and earned more than $18 million its first two days in theaters.

Meanwhile, box office returnees include Sony/Columbia Pictures’ animated Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse with $8 million in ticket sales; Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation’s Elemental ($7.4 million); Sony/Columbia Pictures’ Jennifer Lawrence comedy No Hard Feelings ($4.5 million); Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: Rise of the Beasts ($4.5 million); Walt Disney Pictures’ The Little Mermaid ($3.6 million), and Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken with $2.6 million in projected ticket sales.

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Warner’s ‘The Flash’ Eyes Father’s Day Weekend Box Office Win Following $9.7 Million Thursday Haul

Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC Universe superhero film The Flash is projected to emerge No. 1 in the box office tally for the Father’s Day weekend ended June 18  with almost $70 million in North American ticket sales, according to new data from Box Office Pro.

The movie generated $9.7 million in special Thursday sneak peak screenings.

The movie, starring Ezra Miller in the title role, and Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as Batman, is Warner’s second DC release of the year following underperforming Shazam! Fury of the Gods, which was released in March to a disappointing opening theatrical debut of $30 million.

The Flash is expected to top Disney/Pixar Animation’s debut of Elemental, which is projected to generate north of $35 million in its box office bow. That should be enough to hold off three prior weekend box office champs: Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (projected $31 million for the weekend), Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: Rise of the Beasts ($22.8 million) and Disney’s The Little Mermaid reboot ($18.2 million).

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Separately, Lionsgate’s The Blackening took in an estimated $900,000 from Thursday night previews (including early access grosses from Wednesday), according to the studio. The film opened wide June 16 across 1,775 screens.  Industry tracking is pointing to a three-day weekend in the $6 million to $8 million range — a strong start for the horror film heading into the holiday Monday for Juneteenth. The movie centers on a group of black friends who reunite for a Juneteenth weekend getaway only to find themselves trapped in a remote cabin with a twisted killer.

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Casts Big Fiscal Web in Thursday Sneak Previews

The summer box office is set to begin with a bang with Sony Pictures Entertainment’s lucrative “Spider-Man” franchise debuting the latest animated release — Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse — June 2. The movie, whose voice cast includes Jake Johnson as Peter Parker, Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara, Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy, and Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, generated an impressive $17.5 million in special Thursday screenings in select markets.

The follow-up to 2018’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which generated more than $384 million at the global box office, remains a popular place holder for Sony’s “Spider-Man” theatrical juggernaut. The last live-action release, Spider-Man: No Way Home, generated more than $1.9 billion worldwide following its Dec. 15, 2021, debut.

Across the Spider-Verse is projected to sell north of $115 million worth of tickets in North America through June 4, according to Box Office Pro. Sony is projecting revenue of around $85 million on a reported $100 million production budget.

The movie should top last weekend’s box office champ, Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid, which is expected to generated around $37 million in second-weekend ticket sales.

The second new weekend release, 20th Century Studios’ horror flick The Boogeyman, is projected to generate more than $13 million in opening box office revenue.

Among  holdovers, Universal Pictures’ Fast X continues its speedy drop in ticket sales, with $10 million in projected ticket sales in its third week of release. That should top a projected $8 million-plus for Disney/Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, $3 million for Universal’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie, and $2.1 million for Lionsgate’s Robert De Niro father/son adult comedy About My Father.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ Defends Box Office Supremacy With $60.5 Million Haul Over Mother’s Day Weekend

Disney/Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 defied projections of a sophomore weekend letdown, generating an estimated $60.5 million in ticket sales through the May 14 Mother’s Day weekend.

The third installment in the franchise about a team of cosmic superheroes led by Chris Pratt saw its second weekend theatrical tally drop less than 50%, the best post-pandemic performance by a Marvel movie. Vol. 3 now has more than $528 million in global ticket sales.

The result was enough to easily top new sequel release Book Club: The Next Chapter, the follow-up to the 2018 original from Universal’s Focus Features featuring the same cast — Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen — but with an almost 54% lower opening box office at a projected $6.5 million, compared with $14 million for the original.

At No. 2 for the weekend, Universal Pictures’ other theatrical release — and current 2023 box office champion: The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which added $13 million in ticket sales over its sixth weekend to up its global tally past $1.2 billion, and almost $536 million in North America.

At No. 4 was Warner Bros. Pictures’ horror release Evil Dead Rise, which added $3.7 million in ticket sales to up its North American tally past $60 million ($121 million globally). The result underscores Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav’s ongoing redirection of HBO Max original content, this time to the theatrical window with a positive fiscal result.

Lionsgate’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret took in an estimated $2.5 million to up its box office tally to $16.5 million. The studio’s Finnish World War 2 drama Sisu took in an estimated $511,000 to up its tally to $6.7 million (near $10 million worldwide). Finally, John Wick: Chapter 4 took in an estimated $1.93 million to lift its North American tally past $183 million, $420 million globally.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ Looks to Lead Mother’s Day Weekend Box Office

Disney/Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 appears to have little competition in its second weekend of theatrical release, with the action comedy about a group of superhero misfits projected to generate upwards of $50 million in ticket sales through Mother’s Day (May 14), according to new data from Box Office Pro.

The tally would mark a steep decline from last weekend’s $118 million debut, but add significantly to Vol. 3’s $145.5 million in North American ticket sales, $365.6 million globally.

Universal Pictures’ current 2023 box office leader The Super Mario Bros. Movie looks to add $15 million in revenue, pushing the animated feature’s North American gross past $538 million, $1.3 billion worldwide.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Evil Dead Rising is projected to add $3.8 million in ticket sales, upping the erstwhile HBO Max original movie’s domestic haul to near $60 million, $120 million globally.

That won’t be enough to supplant Focus Features’ new sequel Book Club: The Next Chapter, which is expected to tally $8.3 million in ticket sales following picking up $550,000 in special Thursday screening revenue. The movie co-stars  Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen as four best friends who take their book club to Italy for the fun girls trip they never had.

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‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ Eyes Record Box Office Haul for an Animated Movie on Its Fourth Weekend

Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie appears set to establish a new box office weekend record for an animated movie on its fourth weekend. The movie is projected to generate upwards of $40 million in ticket sales this weekend, according to Box Office Pro.

The movie has generated $895 million in global ticket sales, including $450 million in North America, entering the weekend.

The movie will have little competition, with new releases targeting niche moviegoers, including Lionsgate’s family/faith-based Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, World War II drama Sisu, and Sony Pictures’ biopic Big George Foreman.

Are You There God? took in an estimated $600,000 during Thursday night preview shows and early access screenings. Currently boasting a 99% fresh critics score and a perfect 100% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is tracking to open in the $7 million to $9 million range, which would be a successful outcome for the film and would set up the project for a long run through the Mother’s Day weekend, according Lionsgate.

Sisu took in an estimated $585,000 during preview and early access screenings. Rated 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie is targeting action/mayhem moviegoers.

Among box office returnees, Warner Bros.’ erstwhile HBO Max-original-turned-theatrical-release Evil Dead Rise is projected to add $10 million to its $48.5 million global haul since debuting April 19.

Other titles include Paramount Pictures’ Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4, Amazon Studios’ Air, MGM/STX Films’ Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant, and A24’s Beau is Afraid.

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‘Super Mario Bros. Movie’ Sets Third-Straight Weekend Box Office Animation Record

Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment’s theatrical hit The Super Mario Bros. Movie shows no sign of waning moviegoer interest.

The release set a new third weekend box office record for an animated title with $58.2 million in ticket sales — topping the previous $46.4 million record (through July 1, 2018) set by Disney/Pixar Animation’s Incredibles 2. Super Mario Bros. is Universal’s top-grossing movie in 2023, and Universal’s No. 2 grossing North American title with more than $434 million in ticket sales, behind 2015’s Jurassic World at $653 million.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ horror release Evil Dead Rise, a former HBO Max original movie release instead transitioned to theatrical, proved the strategy wise, generating an estimated $23.5 million in its box office debut. Another new release, Afghan war drama Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant (MGM Studios) generated more than $6 million.

Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4 took in a three-day estimate of about $5.75 million to up its North American total through Sunday of about $169 million. Following closely behind is Amazon Studios’ Air, with the Ben Affleck-directed Nike/Michael Jordan docudrama selling another $5.5 million worth of tickets, upping its global total past $62 million.
 
Finally, Paramount Pictures’ fantasy actioner Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves added another $5.4 million in estimated ticket sales, to up its North American four-week box office total to $82 million, and $166 million globally.
 
 

‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ Looks to Add to Weekend Animation Theatrical Record Book

Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment’s theatrical hit The Super Mario Bros. Movie appears on track to set new animation box office records in its third weekend of release. The movie, which established animation theatrical records across its first two weekends, is now on course to top the third-weekend box office record set by Disney’s Incredibles 2 in 2018 with more than $46 million in ticket sales.

Super Mario Bros. is on track to generate an estimated $65 million in North American weekend revenue through April 23 — a milestone that, if achieved, would put the movie among a select group that includes Avatar, Avatar: The Way of Water, Black Panther, Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, according to Box Office Pro.

That is easily enough to hold off theatrical competitors that include returnees Amazon Studios’ Air, Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4, and Paramount Pictures’ Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. 

Theatrical newcomers this weekend include Warner Bros. Pictures horror movie Evil Dead Rise, which unapologetically employs Paramount’s Smile movie poster marketing, and Guy Ritchie’s Afghan war drama The Covenant from MGM Studios/STX Films.

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