Weekend Box Office Report: April 22 – April 24, 2022

The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.

Weekend Estimates Update:

Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys was off to a good start this weekend with an estimated first place take of $24.00 million. The Pierre Perifel directed computer animated film exceeded pre-release expectations, which had tended to range from the mid-teen millions to high-teen millions. The Bad Guys was also off to a very respectable start given that the film’s production budget was less expensive than those of many high-profile computer animated films. The Bad Guys opened 50 percent higher than the $16.00 million start of DreamWorks Animation’s last film, The Boss Baby: Family Business, which was released this past July. In comparison to The Boss Baby: Family BusinessThe Bad Guys had a clear added advantage in opening exclusively in theatres this weekend, whereas The Boss Baby: Family Business opened day-and-date theatrically and via streaming on Peacock. This weekend’s performance for The Bad Guys also suggests that family audiences are becoming more and more comfortable returning to movie theatres (especially following the recent success of Sonic the Hedgehog 2).

The Bad Guys started out with $8.01 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.15 million from Thursday preview shows that began at 5PM), increased 17 percent on Saturday to gross $9.35 million and is estimated to decline 29 percent on Sunday to register $6.64 million. The Bad Guys was front-loaded towards Friday for an animated film (outside of the summer), but at least some of the initial front-loading was due in part to some schools being closed on Friday and in part to The Bad Guys also appealing to general non-family audiences (an estimated 40 percent of this weekend’s audience for The Bad Guys was non-family). The Bad Guys has gone over well with critics and looks to be going over even better with audiences, as the film received a strong A rating on CinemaScore and currently boasts a 93 percent Verified Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. Given the film’s critical reviews, strong early word of mouth and the lack of new family films entering the marketplace in the coming weeks, The Bad Guys will have an excellent chance of displaying strong holding power going forward.

Internationally, The Bad Guys has been playing for several weeks now. This weekend the film grossed an estimated $5.9 million from 51 international markets. That brings respective totals for The Bad Guys to $63.1 million internationally and $87.1 million globally. Estimated international totals for The Bad Guys through Sunday by market include $12.2 million in the United Kingdom, $8.6 million in Australia, $6.4 million in Spain, $4.8 million in Germany and $4.3 million in France. The Bad Guys will open in China this coming Friday (April 29) and in South Korea the following Wednesday (May 4).

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 held steady in second place this weekend with an estimated $15.23 million. While Sonic the Hedgehog 2 began to stabilize this weekend, the film was still down 48 percent from last weekend, which is a sizable decline, especially for a family film the weekend after Easter weekend. Despite continued strong word of mouth; new competition for family audiences from The Bad Guys and built-in front-loading as a video game based film (and sequel at that) clearly had an impact on Sonic the Hedgehog 2 this weekend. In the bigger picture, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has grossed a strong $145.83 million through 17 days and is already on the brink of surpassing the $148.97 million final domestic gross of 2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog (though it should be reminded that holds for Sonic the Hedgehog during the latter part of its run where impacted by the onset of COVID-19 in North America). With no new high-profile wide releases next weekend, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 should continue to stabilize next weekend, before the arrival of Disney’s highly anticipated Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness the following week on Friday, May 6.

Internationally, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 grossed an estimated $19.0 million this weekend from 57 international markets. Respective totals for the film through Sunday stand at $142.0 million internationally and $287.8 million globally. Estimated international totals for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 through Sunday by market include $26.3 million in the United Kingdom, $15.7 million in Mexico, $14.3 million in France, $13.1 million in Australia and $8.9 million in Brazil.

After opening towards the lower end of already scaled back expectations last weekend, Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore was down two spots and a very sharp 67 percent to land in third place this weekend with an estimated $14.01 million. The hold was especially lackluster given that The Secrets of Dumbledore continued to play on IMAX screens this weekend (the film grossed an estimated $1.6 million from domestic IMAX screens this weekend, bringing the film’s domestic IMAX total to $6.7 million). The film’s mixed critical reviews and rather average word of mouth clearly didn’t do it any favors this weekend. With a ten-day total of $67.13 million, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is running a lackluster 42 percent behind the $116.55 million ten-day gross of 2018’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Not surprisingly, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is at least continuing to perform stronger internationally, as the film grossed an estimated $38.3 million this weekend from 67 international markets. The Secrets of Dumbledore surpassed the $200 million international mark this weekend and has grossed $213.2 million to date internationally. That places the film’s current global total at $280.3 million. Estimated international totals for The Secrets of Dumbledore through Sunday by market include $23.3 million in Germany, $22.3 million in Japan, $21.7 million in the United Kingdom, $17.5 million in China, $13.6 million in France, $11.3 million in Mexico, $11.0 million in Australia, $8.4 million in Brazil and $7.6 million in Spain. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore grossed an estimated $1.8 million from international IMAX screens this weekend, which brings the film’s international IMAX total to $12.0 million and current global IMAX total to $18.7 million.

Focus’ The Northman debuted in fourth place with an estimated $12.00 million. While the Robert Eggers directed action drama didn’t perform that well with its production budget in mind, The Northman did open in line with consensus expectations. The Northman also performed respectably this weekend when taking into account the rather average amount of average showtimes per location the film looked to be receiving this weekend (in addition to not playing on IMAX screens). The Northman opened 36 percent ahead of the $8.80 million start of Eggers’s The Witch back in February of 2016, though The Northman obviously had a much higher price-tag than The Witch did. The Northman also had to deal with direct competition this weekend from fellow prestige films The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent & Everything Everywhere All At Once. Together the three films combined to gross an estimated $24.6 million this weekend, which has to be seen as a positive sign when it comes to the recovery of prestige / specialty films theatrically.

The Northman started out with $5.07 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.35 million from Thursday preview shows that began at 7PM), declined 17 percent on Saturday to take in $4.20 million and is estimated to decrease 35 percent on Sunday to gross $2.73 million. The audience breakdown for The Northman skewed heavily both towards males (68 percent) and moviegoers over 25 (73 percent), while skewing 32 percent towards females and 27 percent towards moviegoers under 25. Critical reviews for The Northman have been strong. While The Northman doesn’t look to be going over quite as well with audiences, the film’s B rating on CinemaScore was still respectable. The Northman has been more muted internationally thus far. The film grossed an estimated $6.3 million internationally this weekend from 41 international markets. That brings respective totals for The Northman to $11.5 million internationally and $23.5 million globally. The film’s highest grossing international markets through Sunday are the United Kingdom ($3.1 million) and Mexico ($1.9 million).

The mentioned The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (from Lionsgate) rounded out the weekend’s top five with an estimated debut of $7.18 million. Much like The NorthmanThe Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent opened in line with consensus expectations (and did so with a significantly smaller production budget). The action comedy was directed by Tom Gormican and stars Nicolas Cage as a fictionalized version of Nicolas Cage. Critical reviews for The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent have been strong and the film also looks to be going over well with audiences after receiving a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent started with $2.89 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.835 million from Thursday preview shows that began at 6PM, in addition to earlier sneak previews last weekend), decreased 13 percent on Saturday to gross $2.53 million and is estimated to decline 30 percent on Sunday to gross $1.76 million.

A24’s Everything Everywhere All At Once continued to impress this weekend with an estimated sixth place take of $5.43 million. The critically acclaimed film declined a slim 12 percent from last weekend and did so while facing new direct competition from both The Northman and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent and while actually playing in 87 fewer locations this weekend than last weekend (instead of seeing its theatre count increase again). Everything Everywhere All At Once has grossed a very promising $26.94 million through 31 days and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down any time soon. The film is running an impressive 71 percent ahead of the $15.76 million grossed by fellow A24 release Ex Machina at the same point in its run back in 2015.

As for some of this weekend’s other holdovers, Paramount’s The Lost City declined just 30 percent to place in seventh with an estimated $4.38 million, Sony’s Father Stu decreased a solid 38.5 percent in its second weekend to follow in eighth with an estimated $3.33 million and fellow Sony release Morbius was down a sharp 52 percent to land in ninth with an estimated $2.25 million. Respective total domestic grosses stand at a very solid $85.39 million for The Lost City through 31 days, at a lackluster $69.18 million for Morbius through 24 days and at a modest $13.87 million for Father Stu through 12 days.

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