Weekend Box Office Report: May 13 – May 15, 2022

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

Weekend Estimates Update:

Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness grossed an estimated $61.00 million this weekend to easily lead the weekend box office for a second consecutive frame. First the bad news: the Sam Raimi directed superhero film starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen was down a very sharp 67.5 percent from last weekend’s strong debut. That represents one of the larger second weekend percentage declines ever for a film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (typically MCU films starting off the summer season experience second weekend declines in the area of 55 percent to 60 percent). This weekend’s hold also suggests that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness isn’t going over as well with audiences as the film’s B+ CinemaScore rating suggests (which while solid, is softer than usual for an MCU film). The good news: even with this weekend’s decline, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was still able to register the third largest second weekend performance since the re-opening of domestic theatres (behind only last year’s Spider-Man: No Way Home and this year’s The Batman). This weekend’s decline for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness also wouldn’t have come quite as a surprise had the film not started to show relative signs of stabilizing throughout the midweek (after last weekend’s initial front-loading).

Furthermore, the $291.86 million ten-day total for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is obviously far more impressive than this weekend’s hold. The film has already zoomed past the $232.64 million final domestic gross of 2016’s Doctor Strange by 25.5 percent and is already the third highest grossing film since re-opening (once again behind only Spider-Man: No Way Home and The Batman). The ten-day start for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness also represents the 17th largest ten-day start of all-time and is running a slim 1 percent behind the $295.97 million ten-day take of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. IMAX screens were responsible for an estimated $5.0 million of this weekend’s overall domestic gross, which brings the film’s domestic IMAX total to $26.6 million. It will be important for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to stabilize next weekend, especially with Paramount’s highly anticipated Top Gun: Maverick entering the marketplace the following week on May 27.

Internationally, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness grossed an estimated $83.5 million this weekend from 49 international markets. That brings respective totals for the film through Sunday to $396.2 million internationally and $688.1 million globally. The film’s global total has now just surpassed the $677.8 million final global gross of Doctor Strange. International totals for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness through Sunday include $41.4 million in South Korea, $36.9 million in the United Kingdom, $31.1 million in Mexico, $25.1 million in Brazil, $19.4 million in Australia, $17.7 million in India, $17.5 million in France, $15.7 million in Indonesia, $14.4 million in Germany, $12.9 million in Japan and $12.1 million in Italy. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness grossed an estimated $4.7 million this weekend from international IMAX screens. Respective IMAX totals for the film stand at $22.2 million internationally and $48.9 million globally.

Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys held steady in second place with an estimated $6.90 million. That represented a decline of just 28 percent from last weekend’s performance. The 24-day domestic total for The Bad Guys stands at a stronger than expected $66.28 million. The Bad Guys should continue to hold up well going forward, especially with no new family films entering the marketplace until Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear opens on June 17. Internationally, The Bad Guys grossed an estimated $6.7 million this weekend from 66 international markets. With an international total of $99.3 million, the global haul for The Bad Guys stands at $165.6 million. Of note is that The Bad Guys experienced a strong 54 percent increase in China this weekend to gross $4.0 million. That brings the total gross to date in China for The Bad Guys to $19.6 million.

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 declined only 24 percent to continue to claim third place with an estimated $4.55 million. With a 38-day domestic total of $175.70 million, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 continues to pad its status as the highest grossing video game based film of all-time. Since re-opening, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is now the seventh highest grossing film domestically. Internationally, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 grossed an estimated $5.3 million this weekend. That brings the film’s international total to $187.2 million and current global haul to $362.9 million.

Meanwhile, this weekend saw Universal’s Firestarter stumble out of the gate with an estimated fourth place debut of just $3.82 million. The R-rated horror remake from Blumhouse, directed by Keith Thomas and starring Zac Efron and Ryan Kiera Armstrong, opened below its already modest expectations and even came in under the $4.73 million opening of the previous version of Firestarter (way back in May of 1984). Demand for a new version of Firestarter was always low to begin with, while the film’s very poor critical reviews and the decision to launch the film day-and-date (theatrically and via streaming on Peacock) didn’t help matters at the box office either. Firestarter also doesn’t look to be going over very well with audiences, as the film received a soft C- rating on CinemaScore. The audience breakdown for Firestarter skewed evenly between males and females, 69 percent towards moviegoers over 25 and 31 percent towards moviegoers under 25. Internationally, Firestarter grossed just an estimated $2.1 million this weekend from 40 international markets, for a global start of $5.9 million. The one saving grace for Firestarter is that the film carried a low production budget.

A24’s Everything Everywhere All At Once continued to impress this weekend with an estimated fifth place take of $3.30 million. Everything Everywhere All At Once was down a very slim 6 percent from last weekend and has now claimed fifth place for three consecutive weekends. With a healthy 52-day gross of $47.10 million, Everything Everywhere All At Once is now the third highest grossing film ever for A24 domestically and will soon surpass both 2017’s Lady Bird ($48.96 million) and 2019’s Uncut Gems ($50.02 million) to become A24’s highest grossing film ever domestically. In the United Kingdom, Everything Everywhere All At Once was off to an estimated $0.75 million third place start this weekend (including previews).

Estimated weekend grosses for other holdovers in the marketplace this weekend included a sixth place take of $2.42 million for Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, a seventh place gross of $1.73 million for Paramount’s The Lost City and an eighth place haul of $1.70 million for Focus’ The Northman. Respective total grosses stand at a very solid $97.15 million for The Lost City through 52 days, at a lackluster $90.05 million for the pricey Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore through 31 days and at a modest $31.16 million for The Northman through 24 days.

In semi-wide release, Roadside Attractions’ release of Family Camp started out with an estimated $1.43 million from 854 locations. That was good enough for ninth place among all films this weekend. The Brian Cates directed family comedy stars Tommy Woodard and Eddie James (the comedy duo known as The Skit Guys) and is being aimed at faith-based audiences.

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