‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Biggest July 4 Weekend Box Office Opener Ever

Universal Pictures/Illumination’s animated sequel Minions: The Rise of Gru generated an estimated domestic gross of $127.9 million over the Fourth of July weekend, shattering the previous record of $115.9 million set over the same four-day period in 2011.

Paramount Pictures’ enduring fighter jet sequel Top Gun: Maverick continued to resonate among moviegoers, generating another strong $33 million in ticket sales across more than 3,800 screens. The Tom Cruise actioner remains the highest-grossing North American release in 2022 with almost $570 million in revenue after six weeks of release, $1.1 billion globally.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ biopic Elvis filled out the slate with $23.5 million in revenue across more than 3,900 screens. The Baz Luhrmann-directed movie stars Austin Butler as the King of Rock & Roll and has generated $71 million in domestic ticket sales, $118 million globally.

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Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Dominion earned $19.7 million during the weekend. The sixth movie in the dinosaur franchise has generated more than $335 million at North American screens, and more than $831 million worldwide.

The studio’s Blumhouse horror movie, The Black Phone, featuring Ethan Hawke, added more than $14 million in revenue through July 4, to bring its North American tally near $50 million. Globally, the film has now brought in an estimated $77 million in ticket sales.

Finally, Disney/Pixar Animation’s Lightyear generated an estimated $7.7 million across 3,800 screens. The “Toy Story” spin-off looked to top $106 million after three weeks of release, and $188 million worldwide.

Universal’s ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Eyeing Massive July 4 Weekend Box Office

Universal Pictures/Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru is projected to rival the franchise’s successful box office track record, generating upwards of $70 million to $90 million in estimated ticket sales over the four-day July 4 weekend.

The franchise, which includes 2010’s Despicable Me, 2013’s Despicable Me 2, 2017’s Despicable Me 3, and 2015 spin-off Minions, has generated $3.7 billion in global revenue. Indeed, Minions holds the franchise mark for highest domestic opening box office weekend with $115.7 million in ticket sales.

With the fifth installment, The Rise of Gru, slated for more than 4,400 North American screens, Universal is hoping the movie’s two-year release delay due to the pandemic will drive moviegoer interest. Regardless, the studio reportedly is projecting $60 million in ticket sales over the four-day weekend — despite the movie generating $10.8 million in Thursday screenings.

That’s a far cry from the 2022 record $187 million generated by Disney/Marvel Studio’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in its opening weekend.

Among the box office returning releases, Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick is expected to remain on its lucrative flight plan with an estimated $26 million to $33 million in ticket sales, upping its domestic haul past $572 million after six weeks of release.

Universal’s dinosaur franchise’s Jurassic World: Dominion is projected to generate $18 million to $23 million in additional ticket sales in its fourth weekend of release domestically.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ biopic Elvis is expected to add $17 million to $21 million in its second weekend of release, followed by Universal’s Ethan Hawke horror film The Black Phone ($13 million to $15 million), and Disney/Pixar’s Lightyear with $9 million to $11 million in projected third-weekend ticket sales.

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‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Takes Second Weekend Box Office as ‘Lightyear’ Stumbles in Debut

Universal Pictures’ dinosaur sequel Jurassic World: Dominion held onto the No. 1 position at the North American box office, generating more than estimated $58.6 million in its second week of domestic release through June 19. That was enough to hold off big name challenger, Pixar Animation’s Lightyear, which bowed with an estimated $51 million in ticket sales.

With a reported production budget approaching $200 million, Lightyear’s performance portends a troubling fiscal reality going forward. The movie was the first Pixar title to receive a theatrical bow since the dawn of the pandemic, with the three previous Pixar releases — Soul, Luca and Turning Red — going straight to the Disney+ streaming platform. The trend suggests some family audiences may have become accustomed to the streaming option — skipping the theater in anticipation of Lightyear coming to streaming shortly.

Others pin the underperformance to Disney generating several political controversies of late, as company executives vowed to insert more queer representation into its films, including a lesbian family in Lightyear. With star Chris Evans calling potential viewers who may be wary of such content in a childrens’ film “idiots,” conservative audiences were likely turned off by the publicity and stayed away.

For Dominion, the tally ups the movie’s North American gross revenue to $259 million. Filling out the podium: Paramount Pictures’ enduring sequel Top Gun: Maverick, which saw another $44 million in ticket sales across more than 4,000 screens. Significantly, the projected weekend gross ranks No. 2 behind 2009’s Avatar ($50 million) as the highest for a movie in its fourth weekend of release. Maverick has generated $466 million in North American revenue; $885 globally — tops for a Tom a Cruise movie.

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Can Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ Knock Off ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ From Atop Weekend Box Office?

The summer weekend box office kicks ups gear with the debut of Disney/Pixar Animation’s long-awaited sequel Lightyear, which takes on the current champ, Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Dominion. It promises to be an interesting battle between two blockbuster movie franchises on back-to-back weekends.

Dominion, as expected, lived up to the hype, generating an adjusted $145 million in its North American debut. But the ticket sales drop-off through Father’s Day (June 19) is projected to be steep (63%) at around $54 million. The culprit: Much of the movie’s target audience is male.

That’s enough of a decline to enable Lightyear — the first Pixar theatrical release since Onward at the start of the pandemic, and first Toy Story-themed title since 2019’s Toy Story 4 — to assume the box office throne. Whether the film can match Toy Story 4’s $120.9 million opening domestic box office is another matter. The latter featured an ensemble cast of characters in comedy roles. Lightyear focuses on one character: Buzz Lightyear.

Regardless, Lightyear generated $5.2 million in Thursday night sneak-peak screenings.

Some observers also wonder whether Disney’s penchant for releasing recent Pixar titles (Soul, Turning Red) directly to the Disney+ streaming service might dissuade some parents from becoming moviegoers. But Disney, as of late, appears to be sticking to a 45-day theatrical window for big screen releases.

Indeed, Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness remained exclusively in theaters for 47 days.

Rounding out the box office podium is Paramount Pictures’ enduring Top Gun: Maverick, which is expected to generate another $40 million in ticket sales — down just 23% from last weekend.

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‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Thrashes Box Office with $143 Million Opening

Despite lukewarm reviews, Universal Pictures’ sixth installment in the “Jurassic” franchise, Jurassic World: Dominion, generated an estimated $143 million across nearly 4,700 North American screens to dominate its opening weekend box office through June 12.

The tally is just behind 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which opened with $148 million.

The previous box office champ, Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick, brought in an estimated $50 million in its third weekend of release, upping the sequel’s domestic haul past $393.3 million. Worldwide, the film has now generated $747 million in ticket sales.

Rounding out the podium: Disney/Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which saw another $4.9 million in ticket sales across more than 3,300 screens. After six weeks of release, the superhero actioner has surpassed $930 million at the global box office — without a Chinese release.

Disney-owned 20th Century Films’ The Bob’s Burgers Movie added $2.3 million in revenue across 2,600 screens to up its North American total to $27 million.

Universal/Dreamworks Animation’s animated heist comedy The Bad Guys tacked on an additional $2.25 million in ticket sales across more than 2,400 screens, upping its global tally past $229 million after eight weeks.

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‘Northman,’ ‘Contractor,’ ‘Unbearable Weight’ Lead June 7 Releases on Disc, Digital

New releases on Blu-ray and DVD June 7 include The Northman and The Contractor, while The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent becomes available for digital purchase.

The Viking saga The Northman was released on digital with exclusive bonus content June 6, and arrives on 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition, Blu-ray Collector’s Edition and DVD June 7 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From director Robert Eggers (The Witch, The Lighthouse), the film stars Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe, Claes Bang and Björk. In the film, after witnessing first-hand the murder of his father, a Viking prince (Skarsgård) devotes his life to avenge his father’s death, save his mother and reclaim his kingdom. Bonus features include nine deleted and extended scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

The action thriller The Contractor will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 7 from Paramount Home Entertainment. In the film, Chris Pine stars as Special Forces Sergeant James Harper, who is involuntarily discharged from the Army and cut-off from his pension. In debt, out of options and desperate to provide for his family, Harper contracts with a private underground military force. When the very first assignment goes awry, the elite soldier finds himself hunted and on the run, caught in a dangerous conspiracy and fighting to stay alive long enough to get home and uncover the true motives of those who betrayed him. The film also stars Kiefer Sutherland, Ben Foster, Gillian Jacobs and Eddie Marsan.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Eraser: Reborn on digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 7. Eraser: Reborn, which will be also available for streaming on HBO Max in fall 2022, follows U.S. Marshal Mason Pollard, who specializes in “erasing” people — faking the deaths of high-risk witnesses. With the technological advances of the past 25 years, the game has upgraded, and it’s just another day at the office when he’s assigned to Rina Kimura, the wife of a crime boss who’s decided to turn state’s evidence. As the two flee to Cape Town, South Africa, with a team of merciless assassins on their trail, Pollard discovers he’s been set up.

Screen Media June 7 releases the thriller 9 Bullets on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. In the film, a former burlesque dancer turned author (Lena Headey) discovers a second chance at life and redemption when she risks everything to rescue her young neighbor after he witnesses the murder of his parents. Now on the run from a local crime boss (Sam Worthington), who happens to be her longtime ex, she makes a desperate attempt to get the boy to safety. The cast also includes Dean Scott Vasquez, Cam Gigandet, La La Anthony, Martin Sensmeier and Barbara Hershey.

Seasons one and two of the docuseries “History’s Greatest Mysteries,” covering some of the most historically important and enduring mysteries from all over the world, arrives June 7 on DVD from Lionsgate. Hosted and narrated by actor Laurence Fishburne, “History’s Greatest Mysteries” explores the most popular theories surrounding the world’s most elusive unsolved mysteries. From deaths and disappearances of famous figures to buried treasures and alleged government cover-ups, each episode of the first two seasons of the docuseries features interviews with renowned historians, scientists and researches as they examine long-held explanations for these paradoxical events. 

The Finnish romance drama Compartment No. 6 will be released on digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, a young Finnish woman escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the arctic port of Murmansk. Forced to share the long ride and a tiny sleeping car with a Russian miner, the unexpected encounter leads the occupants of compartment no. 6 to face the truth about their own yearning for human connection. The film was an official selection at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival (Grand Prix award for director Juho Kuosmanen), 2021 Seattle International Film Festival, 2021 Toronto International Film Festival and 2021 Zurich Film Festival.

The comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent arrives on digital June 7. Starring as himself is Nicolas Cage (Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas, 1995; “National Treasure” franchise, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Rock). Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage accepts a million-dollar offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take an unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and he must use his legendary acting skills, channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to become a real-life action hero. Also starring are Sharon Horgan, Ike Barinholtz, Alessandra Mastronardi, Jacob Scipio and Neil Patrick Harris. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and on demand June 21 from Lionsgate.

The action-adventure The Siege of Robin Hood will be released for digital sellthrough and on demand June 7 from Saban Films. In the film, when the Sheriff of Nottingham’s soldiers brutally attack his family, a young man named Robin vows bloody revenge on the men responsible. He recruits a team of outcasts, mavericks and fugitive warriors, each has a grudge to settle with the sheriff and an extreme fighting skill to match. Together they devise a plan to exact revenge and lay to rest the ghosts of his past.

Who You Gonna Call?, a documentary on the man who wrote the hit “Ghostbusters” song, will be released on digital June 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Filmmaker Fran Strine explores the riveting true story of Ray Parker Jr., the man who wrote and recorded the global smash hit song, which became a universally recognized pop culture classic. Parker Jr. granted Strine unprecedented access to reveal his never-before-told life story — from overcoming nearly impossible odds growing up on the segregated streets of Detroit in the 1960s to achieving his dream of getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and winning a Grammy. Who You Gonna Call? pulls back the curtain to reveal Parker’s now little-known yet legendary career, with Clive Davis and other music legends sharing what it was like to collaborate with Parker, both on stage and off. 

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The zany comedy Aliens, Clowns & Geeks, from actor-director and creative multi-hyphenate Richard Elfman, is headed to Blu-ray and DVD June 7 from MVD Entertainment Group. The out-of-this-world adventure finds out-of-work actor Eddy Pine (Bodhi Elfman) stumbling upon the key to the universe and getting twisted up in an intergalatic war between killer clowns and sneaky aliens. Stars include the late Verne Troyer in his final film role, comedian Steve Agee, French Stewart and George Wendt. Additional cast includes Anastasia Elfman, Malcolm Foster Smith, Rebecca Forsythe, Angeline-Rose Troy, Nic Novicki and Martin Klebba. The soundtrack consists of all new original music from Oscar-nominated composer and Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman and Ego Plum. 

The comedies Clifford and The Heavenly Kid and the action films The Killer Elite, from director Sam Peckinpah, and The Mechanic, starring Charles Bronson, are being released on Blu-ray June 7 from Ronin Flix and MVD Entertainment Group.

Starring Martin Short (Three Amigos, Innerspace) as a smart, hyperactive and dangerous 10-year-old, Clifford (1994) co-stars Charles Grodin (Midnight Run, The Heartbreak Kid), Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard, Time After Time) and Dabney Coleman (9 to 5, WarGames). In the film, young Clifford has a lifelong dream: to visit the Dinosaur World theme park. Happily, his uncle Martin (Grodin) has agreed to take him. But when Martin suddenly reneges on his promise, Clifford hatches a devious plan to get even and teach his uncle that all work and no play makes Clifford a very bad boy.

In The Heavenly Kid (1985), Lenny Barnes (Jason Gedrick, Iron Eagle, TV’s “Boomtown”) gets divine intervention to educate him in the ways of love from a hip guardian angel, Bobby Fantana (Lewis Smith, Wyatt Earp, Southern Comfort, TV’s “The Man Who Fell to Earth”), a former rebel-without-a-cause. Fantana helps to mold Lenny into the king of cool so Fantana can finally earn his entry into Heaven. After Bobby gives Lenny an extreme makeover, Lenny learns that being popular isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The film also stars Jane Kaczmarek (TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” D.O.A., All’s Fair), Richard Mulligan (TV’s “Empty Nest,” Soap, Scavenger Hunt) and Nancy Valen (TV’s “Baywatch,” Final Embrace). Special features include interviews with stars Lewis Smith and Nancy Valen; audio commentary by director Cary Medoway, moderated by Jeff McKay; and the theatrical trailer.

In Peckinpah’s The Killer Elite (1975), elite assassins Mike Locken (James Caan, Rollerball, The Godfather, Misery) and George Hansen (Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather) take on jobs too risky for even the CIA to handle. They’re best friends, superior marksmen and on the ‘A’-list when it comes to killing. But when one high-powered hitman betrays another, the intrigue, the violence and the thrills become more than just a dangerous game of who-kills-whom first. It becomes a very personal war. Directed by Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch, The Getaway, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia), the film also stars Arthur Hill (Future World, The Andromeda Strain, Harper), Bo Hopkins (A Small Town in Texas, Mutant, Midnight Express), Burt Young (Rocky, Amityville II, Convoy), Mako (The Sand Pebbles, An Eye for an Eye, Conan the Barbarian), Helmut Dantine (The Story of Mankind, The Wilby Conspiracy) and Academy Award winning actor Gig Young (They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Game of Death, The Tunnel of Love). Special features include interviews with Bo Hopkins and production assistant Katy Haber; audio commentary with film historians Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and Nick Redman; TV and radio spots; and the original trailer.

In The Mechanic, Arthur Bishop (Charles Bronson) is a mob hit man who operates in an uncompromising world where conventional rules of morality don’t apply and one wrong move could cost him his life. He’s always worked alone; but, as age catches up with him, Bishop takes on a competent and ruthless apprentice and teaches him everything he knows. Together they become an unmatchable team of globetrotting killers until the pupil’s ruthlessness puts him on a collision course with his teacher. Special features include an interview with writer Lewis John Carlino; audio commentary with author Paul Talbot (“Bronson’s Loose” book series); audio commentary with cinematographer Richard H. Kline, moderated By Nick Redman; and the theatrical trailer.

Kino Lorber June 7 releases on Blu-ray Passion in the Desert, a 1997 film from director Lavinia Currier that is based on the 1830 short story of the same name by Honoré de Balzac. Passion in the Desert is set in 1798, shortly after Napoleon I invaded Egypt. The film follows the story of a young army officer, Augustin Robert (Ben Daniels), sent to protect an elderly artist who had been commissioned by Napoleon to draw some of the famous sights in Egypt. The officer ultimately finds himself stranded, alone, in the Sahara desert.  Left to his own devices, he is likely to die, but after stumbling upon mysterious ruins housing a wild leopard, the man and beast form an inextricable bond.

Kino Lorber June 7 releases on DVD Bix: Ain’t None of Them Play Like Him Yet, a 1981 documentary on Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke, considered to be the greatest jazz cornet player ever. Bix, along with Louis Armstrong, pioneered the playing of jazz solos. He was born in 1903 in Davenport, Iowa, into an upper middle-class family. After a bout with alcoholism, Bix died in Sunnyside, Queens on Aug. 6, 1931. The cause of death was lobar pneumonia. He was 28. The 1981 documentary uses archival photographs and rare footage (including the three sole momentary fragments capturing Bix on film) as well as interviews with friends and colleagues, including jazz greats Hoagy Carmichael, Doc Cheatham, and Artie Shaw.

Kino Lorber June 7 releases its seventh and latest collection of vintage black-and-white film noir movies as Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema VII. The Blu-ray Disc set includes The Boss, Chicago Confidential and The Fearmakers. All three films are from brand-new 2K masters.

Kino Lorber June 7 releases a Blu-ray of Savage Sisters, a 1974 actioner directed by Filipino filmmaking legend Eddie Romero that stars Romero, Gloria Hendry, Cheri Carraro, Roseanna Ortiz, Sid Haig, Vic Diaz, and John Ashley. The film follows three of the world’s deadliest women as they plan a spectacular jailbreak, a million-dollar robbery and an island revolution. The film was prepped for home release from a new 2K master, and both the DVD and the Blu-ray Disc come with new audio commentary by Horror-Flix.com’s James G. Chandler and Ash Hamilton.

Also due June 7 from Kino Lorber on Blu-ray and DVD is Stunt Rock!, a 1977 film directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith and starring Grant Page, Monique van de Ven, Margaret Gerard, Curtis Hyde, Paul Haynes, Curtis Hyde, and Greg Magie. Australian stunt man Page (Mad Max) goes to Los Angeles and meets up with a theatrical rock band called Sorcery. He impresses the rockers so much with his daredevil antics that they hire him for their act. While his first stunt lands him in the hospital, the reckless Page defies his doctors’ orders, escaping out of the ward’s fifth-story window to get back to the band. Page soon finds himself the focus of the ladies, attracting both a newspaper reporter (Gerard) and a television star (van de Ven), much to the annoyance of her manager (Richard Blackburn, Eating Raoul). 

Two David Lean classics, Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge on the River Kwai, are being released in separate limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbooks June 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Both releases feature Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

Celebrating its 6oth anniversary and winner of seven Academy Awards — including Best Director for Lean and Best Picture of 1962 — Lawrence of Arabia stars Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence, the audacious World War I British army officer who heroically united rival Arab desert tribes and led them to war against the mighty Turkish Empire.

Celebrating its 65th anniversary, Lean’s epic World War II adventure The Bridge on the River Kwai won seven 1957 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Alec Guinness) and Best Director (Lean). In the film, when British POWs build a vital railway bridge in enemy-occupied Burma, Allied commandos are assigned to destroy it.

The musical Grease 2 will be released in a limited-edition Blu-ray Steelbook June 7 from Paramount Home Entertainment for its 40th anniversary. The follow up to 1978’s Grease, Grease 2 was originally released on June 11, 1982. In the film, Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield star as high school students from very different backgrounds who find love despite the expectations of everyone around them. It’s 1961 and there’s a new crop of seniors ready to rule Rydell High, including the coolest cliques on campus — the Pink Ladies and T-Birds. Michael Carrington (Caulfield) is the new kid in town, but he’s been branded a brainiac. Can he fix up an old motorcycle, don a leather jacket, and avoid a rumble with the leader of the T-Birds (Adrian Zmed) to win the heart of Pink Lady Stephanie Zinone (Pfeiffer)?

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Viking Saga ‘The Northman’ Headed to Digital June 6, Disc June 7

The Viking saga The Northman will be available on digital with exclusive bonus content June 6, and on 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition, Blu-ray Collector’s Edition and DVD June 7 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From director Robert Eggers (The Witch, The Lighthouse), the film stars Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe, Claes Bang and Björk.

In the film, after witnessing first-hand the murder of his father, a Viking prince (Skarsgård) devotes his life to avenge his father’s death, save his mother and reclaim his kingdom.

Bonus features include nine deleted and extended scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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Universal’s ‘The Bad Guys’ Tops Slow Second North American Weekend Box Office

Universal Pictures’ animated family actioner The Bad Guys held strong for the second weekend atop a slow North American box office, generating an estimated $16 million in ticket sales ($111 million globally) across more than 4,000 screens through May 1. The tally was enough to hold off Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with $11.3 million ($305 million) across 3,800 screens.

The results represent a lull before a projected box office rebound with next weekend’s debut of Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, starring Bennedict Cumberbatch.

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Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore rounded out the podium with $8.3 million ($294 million) in ticket sales across more than 3,900 screens.

Focus Features’ The Northman generated an estimated $6.3 million ($35 million), followed by A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once with $5.5 million ($35 million) across more than 2,200 screens.

Lionsgate’s The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, starring Nicolas Cage took in an estimated $3.9 million ($22 million) across more than 3,036 locations. The movie opened this weekend in 10 additional territories, including Mexico, Norway and Sweden.

Finally, Open Road Films’ new Liam Neeson actioner Memory generated a projected $3.1 million in revenue across 2,500 screens. The opening weekend tally was par with recent Neeson antihero actioners, including Honest Thief ($3.6 million), The Marksman ($3.1 million) and Blacklight ($3.6 million debut).

Comedy ‘Doula’ Available for Digital Purchase and Rental June 20

The comedy Doula will be available for digital rental or purchase June 20 from Universal Pictures.

Troian Bellisario (“Pretty Little Liars”) stars in the film about a pregnant couple who reluctantly hires a male doula.

After dating for a matter of months, thirtysomethings Deb (Bellisario) and Silvio (Arron Shiver) are expecting their first child. When their elderly midwife Penka passes away suddenly, Silvio makes the hasty decision to hire Penka’s son, Sascha (Will Greenberg), as their live-in doula. Deb is nonplussed, as Silvio didn’t consult her before hiring, but before long, Sascha’s unconventional style wins her over. As Deb and Sascha grow closer, and the pregnancy nears its inevitable conclusion, Silvio starts to feel like the odd man out. His continued efforts to exert control over the pregnancy lead to a blow-up fight in which he forces Deb to choose between him and Sascha.

Rounding out the cast is Chris Pine, who stars as Deb’s doctor, with Amanda Walsh, Ally Maki, Elyse Levesque, Alex McKenna and Robert Baker.

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Doula marks the first feature film produced by Pine and his new production company Barry Linen Motion Pictures, produced in association with Vacation Theory and Universal Pictures Content Group.

“Making Doula was a dream come true,” Pine said in a statement. “It’s written by one of our best friends, directed by one of our best friends, starring a bunch of our best friends. The film was a ton of fun to make and we hope audiences see that when they’re watching it.”

‘Sing 2’ Remains No. 1 on Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Sing 2 spent a second week at No. 1 on Redbox’s disc rental chart and Redbox On Demand chart the week ended April 10.

No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, was Paramount’s Scream relaunch, which also moved up a spot to No. 5 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

No. 3 on the disc chart and No. 2 on the digital chart was Universal’s Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson comedy Marry Me.

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The No. 4 disc rental was RLJ Entertainment’s action comedy Last Looks. the film features Mel Gibson as a TV star whose wife turns up dead, prompting an ex-cop to come out of his posh retirement to investigate.

The No. 5 title on both charts was Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended April 10:

  1. Sing 2 — Universal
  2. Scream (2022) — Paramount
  3. Marry Me — Universal
  4. Last Looks — RLJ
  5. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Sony Pictures
  6. The Matrix Resurrections — Warner
  7. The Requin — Lionsgate
  8. House of Gucci — Universal/MGM
  9. King Richard — Warner
  10. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Sony Pictures

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended April 10:

  1. Sing 2 — Universal
  2. Marry Me — Universal
  3. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Sony Pictures
  4. Scream (2022) — Paramount
  5. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Sony Pictures
  6. Spider-Man: No Way Home — Sony Pictures/Marvel
  7. Dog — MGM
  8. The Matrix Resurrections — Warner
  9. Moonfall — Lionsgate
  10. The 355 — Universal

 

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