Weekend Box Office Report: April 29 – May 1, 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 took in an estimated $16.10 million this weekend to lead the domestic box office for a second consecutive frame. The computer animated film held up very nicely this weekend by declining just 33 percent from last weekend’s debut. The Bad Guys benefited from a number of factors this weekend, including good critical reviews, very strong word of mouth (the film received an A rating on CinemaScore), the film holding onto a high percentage of its average showtimes per location from last weekend and the lack of any new direct competition entering the marketplace this weekend. The marketplace as a whole also looks to have received an added boost this weekend from moviegoers looking to catch up on films before Disney’s highly anticipated Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness enters the marketplace this coming Friday (May 6). The ten-day total for The Bad Guys stands at a solid $44.44 million. That places the film 27 percent ahead of the $34.92 million ten-day take of last year’s The Boss Baby: Family Business (which declined 44.5 percent in its second weekend to gross $8.88 million). The Bad Guys will have an excellent chance of continuing to hold up well going forward, especially with the lack of new family films entering the marketplace in the coming weeks.

Internationally, The Bad Guys grossed an estimated $9.0 million this weekend from 62 international markets. This weekend’s international performance was driven by a $4.5 million debut in China (it should be noted that the theatrical market in China continues to be significantly impacted by COVID-19). The Bad Guys has grossed $74.3 million to date internationally, which pushes the film’s global total beyond the $100 million global mark with $118.7 million globally. Additional estimated international totals for The Bad Guys through Sunday by market include $12.9 million in the United Kingdom, $9.9 million in Australia, $6.6 million in Spain, $5.4 million in France, $5.2 million in Germany and $5.2 million in Mexico. The Bad Guys will open in South Korea this coming Wednesday (May 4).

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was down only 27.5 percent from last weekend to hold steady in second place with an estimated $11.35 million. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has occupied second place for three consecutive weekends. On Thursday Sonic the Hedgehog 2 passed the $148.97 million final domestic gross of 2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog to become the highest grossing video game based film of all-time domestically. Through Sunday, the 24-day domestic total for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 stands at a strong $160.93 million (making the film the second highest grossing release of 2022 thus far domestically). While Sonic the Hedgehog 2 stabilized quite nicely this weekend, it will obviously be much tougher for the film to hold up well next weekend given the added presence of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in the marketplace.

Internationally, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 grossed an estimated $14.5 million this weekend from 61 markets. With an international total of $162.6 million, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has passed the $300 million global mark with $323.5 million globally. Estimated international totals for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 through Sunday by market include $28.1 million in the United Kingdom, $18.1 million in Mexico, $15.9 million in France, $14.7 million in Australia and $10.0 million in Brazil.

Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore grossed an estimated $8.30 million to remain in third place this weekend. That represented a solid 41 percent decline from last weekend. While Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore didn’t hold up as well as a number of other holdovers this weekend, at the same time the film lost a significant amount of its average showtimes per location from last weekend (including losing some IMAX showtimes and screens to Everything Everywhere All At Once). With a 17-day gross of $79.55 million, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is running a lackluster 41 percent behind the $134.50 million 17-day total of 2018’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore continues to perform significantly stronger internationally, as the film grossed an estimated $25.8 million this weekend from 73 international markets. With an international total of $250.0 million, this weekend saw Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore surpass the $300 million global mark (the film’s global total through Sunday stands at $329.5 million). Estimated international totals for The Secrets of Dumbledore through Sunday by market include $26.7 million in Japan, $25.7 million in Germany, $23.7 million in the United Kingdom, $21.4 million in China, $16.9 million in France, $13.2 million in Mexico, $12.5 million in Australia, $9.8 million in Brazil and $9.0 million in South Korea. With an estimated global IMAX take of $2.0 million this weekend, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore has grossed $22.0 million to date from IMAX screens globally ($14.3 million internationally and $7.7 million domestically).

Focus’ The Northman grossed an estimated $6.31 million to continue to claim fourth place. The Robert Eggers directed action drama was down a sizable 49 percent from last weekend, which represented a respectable second weekend hold given the relative rush-out of Eggers’ fans last weekend. The Northman has grossed $22.81 million though ten days, which is disappointing with the film’s price-tag in mind, but at the same time also in line with the modest consensus expectations for the film. The Northman remained a bit softer internationally this weekend with an estimated $4.5 million from 45 international markets. Respective totals for The Northman stand at $18.8 million internationally and $41.6 million globally. Estimated international totals for The Northman through Sunday by market include $4.2 million in the United Kingdom, $2.5 million in Mexico, $1.7 million in Australia, $1.6 million in Spain and $1.3 million in Germany.

A24’s Everything Everywhere All At Once continued to display terrific holding power this weekend, as the critically acclaimed film was up 2 percent and one spot from last weekend to claim fifth place with an estimated $5.54 million. In addition to continuing to benefit from very strong critical reviews and terrific word of mouth, Everything Everywhere All At Once also received an added boost this weekend from playing on select IMAX (and select non-IMAX PLF) screens. Through 38 days, Everything Everywhere All At Once has grossed $35.49 million. That already makes Everything Everywhere All At Once the fourth highest grossing film ever for A24 domestically (behind only 2019’s Uncut Gems, 2017’s Lady Bird and 2018’s Hereditary).

It’s a very close race for sixth place this weekend between Lionsgate’s The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (in its second weekend) and Paramount’s The Lost City (in its sixth weekend). With an estimated $3.925 million, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent has a very slight edge over the estimated $3.900 million weekend gross of The Lost City. Regardless of what order the films ultimately finish in this weekend, The Lost City had the far better percentage hold of the two, as it declined a slim 10 percent from last weekend, while The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent decreased a still respectable 45 percent. Respective total grosses stand at a very solid $90.78 million for The Lost City through 38 days and at a modest $13.50 million for The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent through 10 days. Internationally, The Lost City grossed an estimated $10.5 million this weekend from 61 international markets. That brings the film’s international total to $58.1 million and current global haul to $148.9 million.

The weekend’s one new wide release, Open Road and Briarcliff’s Memory, debuted in eighth place with an estimated $3.10 million. The Martin Campbell directed action thriller starring Liam Neeson opened in line with its low expectations and in the same neighborhood as previous recent Neeson-led films 2020’s Honest Thief ($3.61 million), last year’s The Marksman ($3.10 million) and this year’s Blacklight ($3.50 million); all three of which were also from Briarcliff. Memory started out with $1.10 million on Friday (including Thursday previews), increased a solid 10 percent on Saturday to gross $1.21 million and is estimated to decrease 35 percent on Sunday to take in $0.79 million. Critical reviews for the film have been largely negative, but Memory does appear to be going over better with audiences who have caught the film, given the film’s current 80 percent Verified Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.

In international box office news, Universal / Focus’ Downton Abbey: A New Era started its international run with an estimated $9.3 million from 33 international markets. Estimated debuts for the film this weekend included $3.8 million in the United Kingdom, $1.3 million in Australia, $1.1 million in France and $0.77 million in Germany. Later this month on Friday, May 20, Downton Abbey: A New Era will open domestically and in China. Given the older-skewing audience of Downton Abbey, it’s expected that the COVID-19 pandemic will have a greater impact on the film than it has on most other more recent films.

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