The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.
Weekend Estimates Update:
Universal and MGM’s Candyman arrived at the top of the box office this weekend with an estimated $22.37 million debut. The Nia DaCosta directed horror sequel starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris exceeded pre-release expectations, which ranged from the mid-teen million to low-twenty million range heading into the weekend. Candyman was also off to a very nice start with the film’s modest production budget in mind. Candyman was co-produced by Monkeypaw Productions, with Jordan Peele serving as both a producer and co-writer of the film. Peele’s involvement with the film no doubt helped Candyman at the box office this weekend, as did the film’s built-in fanbase from the previous films of the Candyman franchise (all three previous Candyman films were released during the 1990s) and the film’s strong critical reviews. Candyman also benefited from opening exclusively theatrically this weekend. Compared to other recent horror films this summer, Candyman opened 33 percent ahead of the $16.85 million start of fellow Universal release Old last month and just 7 percent behind the $24.10 million launch of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It back in June.
The audience breakdown for Candyman skewed 59 percent over the age of 25, 41 percent under 25, 53 percent male and 47 percent female. African American moviegoers represented 37 percent of the film’s audience. In addition to going over well with critics, Candyman also looks to be going over well with audiences after receiving a B rating on CinmeaScore (which is very solid by horror film standards). In addition to good word of mouth, Candyman will also be helped out next weekend by the Labor Day holiday frame, but at the same time Candyman and the marketplace in general will also have to deal with new competition from Disney’s highly anticipated Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Internationally, Candyman grossed an estimated $5.2 million this weekend from 51 markets, including a $1.5 million start in the United Kingdom. That places the film’s global launch at $27.6 million.
Disney and 20th Century’s Free Guy continued to impress this weekend with an estimated second place take of $13.56 million. That represented the largest third weekend gross since the re-opening of domestic theatres (a high-water mark that was previously held by A Quiet Place Part II with $12.01 million during its third weekend). Free Guy was down one spot and just 27 percent from last weekend. In addition to continuing to benefit from very strong word of mouth and good critical reviews, Free Guy also benefited this weekend from not having to face any new PG / PG-13 rated competition and from having IMAX screens to itself (after sharing them with The Suicide Squad and then Reminiscence over the past two weeks). Free Guy grossed an estimated $1.2 million from domestic IMAX screens this weekend, which was up 63 percent from last weekend’s IMAX performance. With a stronger than expected 17-day gross of $79.31 million, Free Guy already has a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 2.80 to 1 and is currently the seventh highest grossing film domestically since re-opening.
And thanks in part to the film’s estimated $23.9 million launch in China this weekend, Free Guy is estimated to pass the $100 million international mark on Sunday. Overall, Free Guy grossed an estimated $37.3 million internationally this weekend from 47 markets, which brings the film’s international total to $100.3 million and current global haul to $179.6 million. It should also be reminded that while the film wasn’t inexpensive, Free Guy was significantly less expensive than other summer films such as Space Jam: A New Legacy, Jungle Cruise and The Suicide Squad. Additional international totals for Free Guy by market through Sunday include $14.4 million in the United Kingdom, $8.5 million in Russia, $4.0 million in France, $3.5 million in Germany, $3.4 million in Japan, $3.2 million in Saudi Arabia, $2.8 million in Australia, $2.6 million in Hong Kong and $2.5 million in South Korea. Free Guy has now grossed an estimated $12.0 million to date from global IMAX screens, including $4.1 million domestically, $3.8 million from China and $4.1 million from the rest of the international marketplace.
Paramount’s PAW Patrol: The Movie was down one spot from last weekend to claim third place with an estimated $6.63 million. While PAW Patrol: The Movie was down a sizable 50 percent from last weekend; that also represented a respectable second weekend hold for a theatrical version of a popular animated television series (which typically experience sizable second weekend declines), especially given that PAW Patrol: The Movie is also available via streaming on Paramount+. The ten-day start for PAW Patrol: The Movie stands at a solid $24.08 million, which is 5 percent ahead of the $22.85 million ten-day haul of Tom & Jerry earlier this year (Tom & Jerry declined 54 percent in its second weekend to gross a similar $6.51 million). With the benefit of the Labor Day holiday, PAW Patrol: The Movie is highly likely to experience significant stabilizing next weekend. Internationally, PAW Patrol: The Movie grossed an estimated $10.3 million this weekend from 46 markets. Respective totals through Sunday for the film stand at $37.8 million internationally and $61.9 million globally. International totals by market for PAW Patrol: The Movie include $7.9 million in the United Kingdom, $6.9 million in France and $6.1 million in Germany.
Disney’s Jungle Cruise is estimated to pass the $100 million domestic mark on Sunday after placing in fourth for the weekend with an estimated $5.02 million. Jungle Cruise held up extremely well this weekend as the film was down a slim 21 percent from last weekend. With a 31-day total of $100.11 million, Jungle Cruise is just the fifth film to reach the $100 million domestic mark since re-opening; joining Black Widow, F9, A Quiet Place Part II and Godzilla vs. Kong. Internationally, Jungle Cruise added an estimated $2.7 million this weekend from 49 markets. That brings the film’s international total to $86.9 million and current global haul to $187.0 million.
Sony’s Don’t Breathe 2 was down one spot and 44 percent from last weekend to round out this weekend’s top five with an estimated $2.84 million. Don’t Breathe 2 experienced a solid hold this weekend, especially given the new direct competition the film faced from Candyman. Thanks in part to holding up relatively well thus far for a horror sequel; Don’t Breathe 2 has grossed $24.58 million through 17 days. Don’t Breathe 2 grossed an estimated $1.6 million internationally this weekend from 28 markets. Respective totals through Sunday for the film stand at $10.7 million internationally and $35.3 million globally.
United Artists Releasing and MGM’s Respect declined one spot and 40 percent from last weekend to place in sixth with an estimated $2.27 million. This weekend’s hold for Respect was very solid, especially given that the film faced new competition from Candyman and also arrived on PVOD this weekend. Respect has grossed $19.74 million through 17 days.
Warner’s The Suicide Squad was also down one spot and 40 percent from last weekend to land in seventh with an estimated $2.04 million. The 24-day domestic total for The Suicide Squad stands at a lackluster $52.78 million. The Suicide Squad has been a stronger performer internationally than domestically and this weekend saw the film surpass the $100 million international mark after grossing an estimated $4.6 million for the frame from 73 international markets. Through Sunday, respective totals for The Suicide Squad stand at $101.8 million internationally and $154.6 million globally.