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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).

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