Sunday, April 24, 2022

Weekend Box-Office: THE BAD GUYS Takes Down SONIC and FANTASTIC BEASTS Sequels

Weekend Box Officec The Bad Guys

DreamWorks Animation and Universal's "The Bad Guys" opened in theaters this week and dominated the weekend box-office, surpassing both "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" and "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore". Other new releases that made the Top 10 include the historical epic "The Northman" and the high-concept Nicholas Cage starrer "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent".

Read more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

The PG-rated animated film "The Bad Guys" opened in first place with $24 million from 4,008 theaters. The film already opened in a number of foreign markets earlier this month and has so far grossed $63.1 million from 52 markets, and a total of $87 million worldwide. The film received a positive reception from both critics (85% on Rotten Tomatoes) and moviegoers ("A" CinemaScore).

"Sonic the Hedgehog 2" finished its third weekend in second place with $15.2 million (48% drop), which brings its domestic total to $145.8 million. The film raked in another $142 million overseas, and its worldwide tally has reached $287.8 million.

"Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" took a steep 67% dive and landed in third place with $14 million. With just $67.1 million grossed in North America, its mostly bad news for the future of the Wizarding World franchise. Overseas, however, is where the film is still doing well, grossing a total of $213 million. But it's still a movie that cost $200 million to produce, not to mention how much it costs to market this kind of movie, and it needs to make a lot more money to be truly profitable.

Robert Eggers' R-rated historical epic opened with $12 million from 3,234 theaters, which is higher than the pre-release projections that estimated a $9 million debut. The film also delivered $11.5 million overseas. However, with a production budget of around $70 million (before marketing), it's not a particularly solid start. "The Northman" received a positive reception from critics (89% on Rotten Tomatoes), but audiences were less impressed ("B" CinemaScore).

The last of the new wide releases, Lionsgate's "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent", opened in fifth place with $7.2 million from 3,036 theaters, which is pretty much in line with projections. Overseas it added another $2.4 million. These are not impressive numbers, but the film's saving grace is its low $30 million production budget. Critics loved the film (88% on Rotten Tomatoes), and moviegoers mostly enjoyed it ("B+" CinemaScore).

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 The Bad Guys $24M $24M $63.1M $80M
2 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 $15.2M $145.8M $142M $110M
3 Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore $14M $67.1M $213.2M $200M
4 The Northman $12M $12M $11.5M $90M
5 The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent $7.1M $7.1M $2.4M $30M
6 Everything Everywhere All at Once $5.4M $26.9M $1.3M $25M
7 The Lost City $4.3M $85.4M $42.7M $74M
8 Father Stu $3.3M $13.8M N/A N/A
9 Morbius $2.2M $69.1M $87.4M $83M
10 Ambulance $1.8M $19.1M $27.4M $40M


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