Sunday, September 3, 2023

Weekend Box-Office: THE EQUALIZER 3 Dominates Labor Day Frame

Weekend Box Office The Equalizer 3

Sony's action thriller sequel "The Equalizer 3" was the Labor Day champion this year, taking down "Gran Turismo", and scoring the second-highest holiday debut. Meanwhile, the summer box-office has crossed the $4 billion milestone for the first time since the pandemic hit.

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

"The Equalizer 3" opened with $34.5 million over the 3-day weekend from 3,965 theaters, and is projected to finish the 4-day holiday with $42 million, the second-highest holiday debut, behind only "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" ($75 million 3-day and $94 million 4-day). The film also raked in $26.1 million overseas from 49 countries, adding up to a worldwide total of $68 million. The film's production budget is estimated at around $70 million. "The Equalizer 3" received a positive reception from both critics (76% on Rotten Tomatoes) and moviegoers ("A" CinemaScore).

"Barbie" is holding in second place with $10 million over the weekend, dropping just 30% in its seventh week. The 4-day holiday gross is estimated at $13 million. The film has now grossed a total of $609.5 million domestically and another $771.5 million overseas, which brings the worldwide total to $1.381 billion.

Warner Bros' DC movie "Blue Beetle" finished in third place with $7.2 million (-40%) for the 3-day. The film's domestic total has reached $56.5 million, and it also raked in another $45.3 million overseas, adding up to a global cume of $101.8 million.

The racing drama "Gran Turismo" suffered a massive 62.4% drop and landed in fourth place with $6.5 million over the weekend. The film's 4-day isn't very impressive either at just $8.5 million. The film has now grossed a total of $30 million after 10 days in theaters. Internationally it raked in $50.3 million, and the worldwide total is now at $80.9 million.

The Top 5 is rounded out by "Oppenheimer" with $5.5 million for the 3-day. The film dropped just 32.9%. The 4-day gross is estimated at around $7.2 million. The film recently opened in China and raked in $30.2 million in its first five days. The overseas total is now at $851 million, and the global total has reached $852.9 million.

In other news, MGM's "Bottoms" added 705 more theaters to its initial 10, and broke into the Top 10, finishing in seventh place with $3 million. The film will expand to a total of 1,200 theaters next weekend.

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 The Equalizer 3 $34.5M $42M $26.1M $70M
2 Barbie $10.6M $609.5M $771.5M $145M
3 Blue Beetle $7.2M $56.5M $45.3M $104M
4 Gran Turismo $6.5M $30.6M $50.3M $60M
5 Oppenheimer $5.5M $310.2M $542.7M $100M
6 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem $4.7M $107.9M $44.9M $70M
7 Bottoms $3M $4.3M N/A $11M
8 Meg 2: The Trench $2.9M $78.4M $296.6M $129M
9 Strays $2.5M $21.3M $6M $46M
10 Talk to Me $1.7M $44.5M $18.5M $4.5M


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