February 4, 2023


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Box Office USA: Animals made a surprise.  But not that great

Box Office USA: Animals made a surprise. But not that great

Parents and their children visit cinemas in large numbers. Choose a movie about animals. No, this is not the third episode of the Fantastic Beasts series – the audience for this movie is melting faster than the glaciers in Greenland. They chose the animation that has been available in cinemas around the world for several weeks – “Mr. Wolf & Co. Bad Guys”.

The latest production of the DreamWorks Animation studio, according to pre-weekend forecasts, was scheduled to take third place with an opening of about $15 million. Meanwhile, Mr. Wolf & Co. Bad Guys has an income of $24 million. It was enough to calmly take the leadership position.

This is the two best opening productions since the third installment of “How to Train Your Dragon” ($55 million as of February 2019). Animators should have no problems hitting the $100 million mark. Viewers are pleased with it. On CinemaScore they rated it an A.

Films of 2022 with revenues of more than 100 million dollars

The situation is quite different with the movie Warner Bros. trending. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets. The show had a horrific second weekend as it lost up to 67% of revenue. Bad reviews from those who have seen the movie are making more people prefer to wait another 35 days and watch the movie on HBO Max.

Not only did “Wilk et al. Bad Guys” beat expectations leading up to the weekend. “Wiking” also sells much better. The current estimate is $12 million. Is this a good result? Depends on how you look at it. In the career of director Robert Eggers, this is the inaugural record. The price of the previous film was 8.8 million dollars, and it belonged to the film “The Witch. A Fairy Tale of New England”. “Wiking” had an opening nearly three times better than Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel” ($4.7 million) and nearly double that of “The Green Knight. Green Knight” ($6.7 million).

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So what’s the problem? in costs. At least $70 million was spent on the budget alone. This means that the opening does not even represent 20% of that amount. In pre-pandemic times, in the case of high-budget productions, this low percentage meant the film was considered a failure.

The opening score of the comedy “The Unbearable Burden of Great Talent” was well within expectations. According to current estimates, the film grossed $7.2 million. So its effect is much less than that of “Wiking”, but in the end it may turn out to be a more profitable movie. Its budget is estimated at 30 million dollars. It also has a slightly better rating among viewers (B + vs B “Wiking”).

The 7.2 million figure may not be impressive, but it’s the best opening for an acting movie in which Nicolas Cage has played a leading role since 2014 (End Times: Left Behind – $6.3 million). Later there was “Snowden” ($ 8 million), but there Cage played only a small role.

Why did Nicolas Cage’s “return” debut only in fifth? Deadline Gate states the distributor is guilty. Lionsgate did not do its job, and awareness among potential viewers about the film’s release in theaters was four times lower than in the case of “Wiking”.

Meanwhile, “Sonic 2. Fast as Lightning” is about to beat the end result of the first part in American cinemas. He has $145.8 million in his account. “Sonic” won $146.1 million in 2020. However, it’s worth noting that the movie would have done more had it not been for the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused movie theaters to close in March 2020.

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In contrast, “Everything at Once” is one step away from becoming A24’s fourth biggest box office hit. He has $26.9 million in his account, “Moonlight” has $27.9 million, and “Midsommar. In broad daylight” $27.4 million.

Box Office USA April 22-24 Top 10

# Title Happened over the weekend got in total A week on screen Cinema
1 Mr. Welk & Company. the wicked $24.0 $24.0 1 4009
2 Sonic 2. Lightning fast $15.23 USD $145.83 3 3809
3 Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets 14.01 USD $67.13 2 4245
4 Viking $12.0 $12.0 1 3234
5 The unbearable burden of great talent 7.18 dollars 7.18 dollars 1 3036
6 Everything everywhere at once $5.43 USD 26.94 5 2133
7 lost city $4.38 USD 85.39 5 2828
8 father stu $3.33 USD 13.87 2 2705
9 Morbius $2.25 $69.18 4 2306
10 Ambulance 1.8 dollars $19.2 3 1966

On Friday, only one big novelty will appear on a large scale – “Memory”, a remake of the Belgian-Dutch “Alzheimer’s”. The star of the production is Liam Neeson.