Paramount Live-Action Family Comedy ‘IF’ Looking to Supplant ‘Apes’ at Weekend Box Office

Paramount Pictures’ live-action and animated fantasy comedy IF is looking to generate $34 million in revenue across more than 4,000 North American screens through May 19. The tally, which includes $1.75 million in Thursday screenings, could be enough to supplant reigning box office champ, 20th Century’s Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, to the runner-up position with a projected $26 million in second-weekend ticket sales ($173 million globally), according to new data from BoxOfficeReport.com.

Written by, directed by and co-starring John Krasinski, IF follows a young girl (Cailey Fleming) who can see everyone’s imaginary friends, and then sets out to connect them with their favorite IFs. The movie also stars Ryan Reynolds and an extensive voice-cast that includes Steve Carell, Matt Damon, Jon Stewart, Emily Blunt, Maya Rudolph, Sam Rockwell, Sebastian Maniscalco, Christopher Meloni, Richard Jenkins, Awkwafina, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the late Louis Gossett Jr., Alan Kim and Liza Colón-Zayas.

The new Lionsgate horror release The Strangers: Chapter 1 opened with $1.2 million in Thursday preview screenings. The film opens across 2,856 screens in North America with a projected $9 million opening tally. In the film, after their car breaks down in a small town, a young couple (Madelaine Petsch and Froy Gutierrez) are forced to spend the night in a remote cabin. Panic ensues as they are terrorized by three masked strangers who strike with no mercy and seemingly no motive.

Close behind, former box office No. 1 Universal Pictures’ The Fall Guy — starring Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt — should add $8.9 million in ticket sales to ups its North American tally past $62 million ($116 million globally).

Focus Features’ Amy Winehouse biopic Back to Black, starring Marisa Abela as the troubled, late singer, is projected to open at No. 4 over the weekend with $3.9 million in ticket sales across more than 2,000 North American screens.

Other box office returnees include Amazon MGM Studios’ tennis romance triangle Challengers (projected $2.6 million for the weekend), Screen Gems horror film Tarot ($1.7 million), Warner Bros. Pictures’ Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire ($1.55 million) and Lionsgate’s Unsung Hero ($1.45 million).

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A24’s ‘Civil War’ Holds Off Three New Releases to Remain Atop Weekend Box Office Through April 21

A24’s politically-charged, post-apocalyptic actioner Civil War held off three new theatrical releases, including Universal Pictures’ vampire film Abigail, Lionsgate’s World War II action/comedy The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, and Crunchyroll/Sony Pictures’ anime adventure Spy x Family Code: White, with $11.1 million in estimated revenue through April 21.

The Kirsten Dunst starrer is approaching $50 million in North American ticket sales — about the reported cost of A24’s most expensive production ever.

Abigail, which is based in part on Universal’s 1936 horror film Dracula’s Daughter, generated $10.2 million in ticket sales to finish No. 2 at the weekend box office.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ former box office polesitter, Godzilla x Kong, generated another $9.4 million to round out the weekend podium. The monster movie mashup has now generated more than $171 million across North American screens, and $485.2 million globally.

The Guy Ritchie-directed Ungentlemanly Warfare took in $9 million across U.S screens only to finish at No. 4 as Prime Video is releasing the movie internationally, including Canada.

Spy x Family Code: White made $2.215 million on Friday, $1.53 million on Saturday and a projected $1.13 million on Sunday across 2,009 screens, including Imax and PLF’s. The studio is projecting $4.875 million in total ticket sales to place No. 5 for its opening weekend.

Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 4 finished at No. 6 across the weekend, adding another $4.6 million in ticket sales. The family film has now generated $179 million across North American screens, and $480 million worldwide.

Columbia Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire crossed $100 million at the domestic box office through April 20. The film made $1.035 million on Friday, $2.09 million on Saturday and a projected $1.275 million on Sunday from 3,109 screens. The studio is projecting $4.4 million for the weekend, bringing its total domestic gross to $102.914 million through Sunday.

Universal’s Vampire-Themed ‘Abigail’ Looks to Stop ‘Civil War’ at the Weekend Box Office

Universal Pictures’ newest horror movie Abigail, a quasi remake of its 1936 fright film Dracula’s Daughter, appears set to top a slow weekend box office with an estimated $20 million to $25 million in ticket sales, according to new data from BoxOfficePro.com for the weekend ending April 21.

The film stars Alisha Weir in the title role, supported by strong female horror film veterans such as Melissa Barrera (Scream) and Kathryn Newton (Lisa Frankenstein).

The movie’s tally should be enough to supplant previous weekend box office polesitter, A24’s record-generating Civil War, the latter with a projected $10 million to $15 million in second-weekend ticket sales.

Lionsgate’s Guy Ritchie-directed The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, a World War II comedy actioner with an ensemble cast that includes Henry Cavill, Alex Pettyfer, Alan Ritchson, Hero Fiennes Tiffin and Henry Golding, is projected to generate upwards of $14 million in ticket sales. Lionsgate is projecting pre-release screening ticket sales of $1.45 million for the film, which received an ‘A-‘ CinemaScore during last weekend’s sneaks.

Abigail reportedly generated around $1 million in standalone Thursday screening revenue.

Finally, Sony Pictures’ Crunchyroll subsidiary’s newest anime release, Spy Code x Family: White, is projected to generate upwards of $7 million to$15 million in ticket sales, which could see the film move up to No. 2 over the weekend, depending on Imax revenue.

‘Mean Girls’ Seeks Repeat Weekend Box Office Win

With the NFL playoffs drawing viewership this weekend, Paramount Pictures’ musical adaptation of Mean Girls is set to repeat its weekend box office win — albeit with fewer ticket sales. The reboot of the 2004 hit starring Lindsay Lohan is projected to generate $12.5 million in revenue (about 60% below last weekend’s $32 million debut), enough to hold off Amazon MGM Studios’ Jason Statham-starrer The Beekeeper with $7.9 million in estimated ticket sales, and Warner Bros. Pictures’ enduring Wonka with $6 million in projected sales, according to new data from Box Office Pro.

Wonka is approaching $187 million in domestic revenue and $520 million worldwide.

Other box office returnees include Columbia Pictures’ adult comedy Anyone But You (projected $5 million), and Universal Pictures’ animation release Migration (projected $4.9 million).

The lone new release is Bleeker Street’s sci-fi thriller I.S.S. with $3.3 million in projected ticket sales.

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Anime Movie ‘The Boy and the Heron’ Looking to Top Slow Weekend Box Office

Japanese anime feature films look to continue their U.S. box office success with the release of Studio Ghibli’s The Boy and the Heron, which is projected to generate more than $10 million and top a relatively slow box office weekend through Dec. 10, according to new data from Box Office Pro. The title got off to a strong start, selling $2 million in tickets in special Thursday night screenings.

Lionsgate’s “Hunger Games” prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is projected to see $9.5 million in revenue across its third weekend, finishing just ahead of last weekend’s polesitter Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé with $6.3 million in projected revenue.

Other box office returnees include Toho International’s Godzilla Minus One (projected $6 million), Universal Pictures’ Trolls Band Together ($6 million), Disney’s animated Wish ($5.3 million), Sony Pictures/Apple Studios’ Napoleon ($4.5 million), Angel Studios’ faith-based The Shift ($1.8 million), Lionsgate’s horror drama Silent Night ($1.5 million), and Sony Pictures/TriStar’s horror thriller Thanksgiving ($1.5 million in ticket sales in its fourth weekend).

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‘Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé’ Tops Opening December Weekend Box Office With $21 Million in Ticket Sales

AMC Theaters’ exclusive distribution of a music concert documentary again paid dividends as Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé topped the weekend box office with $21 million in North American ticket sales.

AMC’s second foray into exclusive distribution follows October’s Taylor Swift: The New Eras concert film, which took in a record $92.8 million opening enroute to a near $250 million global office through the Thanksgiving weekend.

AMC said the Beyoncé film was the first theatrical release to generate more than $20 million following the extended Thanksgiving weekend.

The film lagged behind previous theatrical concert docs, including in 2011 Paramount Pictures’ Justin Bieber: Never Say Never with a $29 million opening; Walt Disney Studios’ 2008 Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert at $31 million; and 2009’s Michael Jackson: This Is It, which saw the Sony Pictures’ concert doc generate $23.3 million in its opening weekend. The film, which was released following Jackson’s death, end up grossing more than $261 million worldwide.

At No. 2, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes had another strong weekend taking in an estimated $14.5 million. If that estimate holds, it will bring the Hunger Games prequel through Sunday to approximately $121.2 million in North America. Worldwide the movie has taken in an estimated $243.9 million in its first 17 days of release.

Toho International’s Godzilla Minus One rounded out the weekend podium with $11 million in ticket sales — dwarfing the company’s previous U.S. release debut, 2016’s Shin Godzilla at $2 million.

At No. 4, Universal Pictures’ animated Trolls Band Together added an estimated $7.6 million in its third weekend, upping its global tally past $160 million, and $74.2 million in North America.

Disney’s animated musical Wish rounded out the top five with $7.4 million in ticket sales in in second weekend. The underperforming release upped its global tally to $81 million ($41 million North America) — a tough comparison on a reported $200 million production budget.

Angel Studios’ newest crowdsourced theatrical release, sci-fi thriller The Shift, opened at No. 8 with $4.2 million in ticket sales.

Other releases included Paramount Pictures’ Killers of the Flower Moon, which saw the Martin Scorsese helmed drama gross another $785,000 across 52 markets in its seventh international weekend. The movie’s global total now stands at $154.3 million.

Separately, Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie grossed $585,000 this weekend, off 48% from last weekend, across 47 markets. The international total now stands at $130.1 million, and $195.3 million globally. The movie releases in Japan on Dec. 15.

Apple Original Films produced/Sony Pictures distributed action epic Napoleon made $2.14 million on Friday, $3.1 million on Saturday, with the companies projecting $1.885 million on Sunday across 3,500 screens. Apple/Sony are projecting $7.125 million for the weekend, bringing its total gross to $45.74 million in ticket sales through Sunday.

Separately, TriStar Pictures and Spyglass Media Group’s original horror film Thanksgiving made $780,000 on Friday, $1.21 million on Saturday and a projecting $640,000 on Sunday across 2,506 screens. TriStar and Spyglass are projecting $2.63 million for the weekend, bringing the Eli Roth thriller’s total gross to $28.378 million through Sunday.

Finally, Amazon/MGM’s Saltburn continued to hold strong, with the comedy drama generating upping its weekend tally at $1.6 million and $6.235 million overall.

‘Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie’ Set to Top Sequel-Heavy Weekend Box Office

Paramount Pictures’ animated sequel Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie is expected to inject some theatrical life heading into the October box office period with $21.7 million in projected North American ticket sales through Oct. 1, according to new data from Box Office Pro.

That would be well-ahead of the last (2021) release in the children franchise, Paw Patrol: The Movie, which generated $13.1 million in its weekend debut, enroute to a $144.3 million global box office.

The tally should be enough to top two other theatrical newcomers, 20th Century Studios’ The Creator (projected $19.8 million) and Lionsgate’s return to its successful horror genre franchise with Saw X ($13.5 million). The movie features the return of original nemesis Jigsaw (played by 81-year-old Tobin Bell) and Shawnee Smith, in addition to a new cast of victims.

Sony Pictures’ expanded release of the comedy Dumb Money should be enough to hold off Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Nun II (projected $4.8 million), Lionsgate’s Expend4bles, A Haunting in Venice ($3.5 million), Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer 3 ($3 million), Barbie ($2.1 million), and Universal Pictures’ My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 ($1.8 million).

Lionsgate’s ‘Expend4bles’ Looks to Top Final September Weekend Box Office

Expend4bles — Lionsgate’s fourth theatrical release in the “Expendables” ensemble-cast (Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Megan Fox, Dolph Lundgren, etc.) action franchise — looks to top the Sept. 24 weekend box office with more than $11 million in projected ticket sales, according to new data from Box Office Pro.

The tally should be enough to best the third weekend sales of the Warner Bros. Pictures horror sequel The Nun 2 (projected $8.9 million) and the projected sophomore outing tally for 20th Century Studios’ A Haunting in Venice ($7.7 million).

Box office returnees include Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer 3 with $4.4 million in expected revenue, Focus Features’ My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 ($3.1 million), and the unstoppable Barbie ($3 million), the latter currently dominating the transactional digital home market as well.

In addition, Warner’s DC Comics superhero film Blue Beetle (projected $1.7 million), and Paramount Pictures’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem ($1.5 million) should finish just behind the weekend’s lone other new release: Neon’s Indian horror/thriller It Lives Inside with $2 million in projected ticket sales.

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‘The Nun 2’ Edges ‘A Haunting’ at Weekend Box Office as ‘Gran Turismo’ Tops $100 Million Globally

Warner Bros. Pictures’ sequel The Nun 2 ended the Sept. 17 weekend box office in a virtual tie with 20th Century Studios’ new release A Haunting in Venice ($14.5 million) with around $14.7 million in ticket sales. The two movies, together with the rest of the box office slate, generated the lowest combined box office since the Super Bowl weekend in February.

A Haunting, which again featured actor/director Kenneth Branagh as Belgian super detective Hercules Poirot, topped the actor’s last run as Poirot in 2022’s Death on the Nile ($12.8 million), but well below 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express ($28.6 million).

Columbia Pictures’ The Equalizer 3elevated its global total this weekend to $132.4 million with international contributing $58.7 million. The film continues to be fueled by great word of mouth with an overseas weekend total of $8.3 million and holdover markets down just 32%.

Focus Features’ My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 finished No. 4 with $4.7 million, to up its 10-day total to $18.5 million.

Warner’s Barbie may be available across (the more expensive) premium digital retail/rental platforms, the No. 1 worldwide theatrical release of 2023 added $3.9 million in ticket sales to up its North American tally to $625 million — No. 11 on the all-time North American chart. hat puts it in the No. 11 spot on the all-time domestic list, passing the unadjusted $623 million total of “The Avengers.”
Universal Pictures’ Oppenheimer upped its global tally to $912.7 million with another $12.8 million in global ticket sales to become the top-grossing biopic in history.
Columbia Pictures’ Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story crossed the $100 million milestone at the global box office. This weekend the film took in $3.5 million from 4,500+ screens in 63 markets for an international total of $63.5 million and a worldwide total of $102.9 million.
The Japanese market opened to $1.2 million from 837 screens. Italy and South Korea release next weekend.

20th Century Studios’ ‘A Haunting in Venice’ Eyes Weekend Box Office Win

The return of actor/director Kenneth Branagh as Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot in another Agatha Christie novel turned into a theatrical release — A Haunting in Venice — is set to top the weekend box office, according to new data from Box Office Pro. The movie, which like previous releases Murder on the Orient Express (2017) and Death on the Nile (2022), features an ensemble cast (headlined by Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh), is projected to sell north of $17 million worth of tickets.

That should be enough to best last weekend’s No. 1, Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Nun 2, with almost $12 million in projected revenue in its sophomore weekend. Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer 3 should round out the podium with more than $7 million in projected ticket sales.

Other returnees include Focus Features’ My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 ($5.5 million in projected revenue); Warner Bros. Pictures’ enduring Barbie with more than $4 million in additional projected ticket sales, followed by the DC Comics superhero film Blue Beetle (projected $2.8 million); Sony Pictures’ Gran Turismo ($2.4 million); Universal Pictures’ Oppenheimer ($2.2 million), and Paramount Pictures’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem ($2.1 million).

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