Box Office: ‘Bad Guys’ Opens No. 1; ‘Northman’ projects $12 million

In a packed weekend at the domestic box office that includes Northmen and Fantastic Beasts and Nicolas Cage, oh my! — “the bad boys” has risen above the competition. The DreamWorks Animation movie is projected to take the top spot for the weekend in its opening.

Universal’s “The Bad Guys” is projected to open with $25 million from 4,009 locations, more than enough to hit No. 1. While that figure is a far cry from the film’s $70 million production budget, it’s a promising start. for a possible first entry into a family-oriented franchise. “The Bad Guys” is already beating box office projections, which had forecast an opening weekend between $15 million and $20 million. That would have put the film in a close battle with the theatrical holdovers.”Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets” and “Sonic the hedgehog 2”.

Reviews have been largely favorable for “The Bad Guys,” with the DreamWorks production currently holding an 85% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. variety lodge boy wrote that the director “Pierre Perifel’s cartoon game may be a bit off, but it’s still DreamWorks Animation’s most compelling offering in several years.” Audience reactions have also been strong, with moviegoers generally giving the film a glowing “A” Cinema Score.

With no animated kids movies on the schedule until Pixar’s “Lightyear” in June, “The Bad Guys” has a long way to go to capitalize on strong word of mouth in the coming weeks.

With “The Bad Guys” taking the top spot, the weekend’s other two broad new releases: “the northerner” Y “The unbearable weight of massive talent” — look to land on fourth and fifth.

“The Northman” is projected to earn $12.5 million from 3,865 locations. That’s at the high end of Focus Features openings, but then again, “Northman” is far from your typical Focus release. The production budget for director Robert Eggers’ Viking action epic has reportedly ballooned to $90 million due to COVID-19 precautions and delays (although experts believe the figure is closer to $70 million after). that tax credits are taken into account). Focus has given “Northman” a lavish promotional spree, with numerous TV spots, and the R-rated movie is finally landing at the top end of its weekend showings.

Critics have been roundly approving “The Northman,” though Variety chief film critic Peter Debruge call it “ultimately pretty boring and hardly funny”. Audiences have been less receptive, with the film earning a “B” Cinema Score, though that shouldn’t come as a surprise for a long, stylized piece of hyper-violence.

With so many movies vying for moviegoers’ attention, “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” an action comedy starring Nicolas Cage as himself, trails the competition. The Lionsgate release is hitting the low end of projections, targeting a $7 million debut from 3,036 locations. Not an encouraging start for a film that they played like gangsters at the SXSW Film Festival just a month ago.

As multiple studios sold movies to streamers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lionsgate opted to hold on to “Unbearable Weight” for a theatrical run. The comedy carries the bearable weight of a barely massive production budget of $30 million. The studio will have to rely on solid word of mouth and a strong rental streak to land solidly in the black.

The bottom line has almost collapsed for Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets”. After debuting with a franchise low of $43 million last weekend, the “Harry Potter” spinoff grossed $4.1 million from 4,245 locations on its second Friday, marking a calamitous 79% drop from its day. premiere. That’s a total meltdown for a potential tent, let alone one that has a $200 million production budget. It would take a surprising turn of events for the film to finish above $100 million on the domestic charts.

Executives from Warner Bros. We were waiting to weigh the box office figures for “Secrets of Dumbledore” before greenlighting the planned fourth and fifth entries in the prequel series. With the hype around the wizarding world spinoff rapidly waning, the studio may now have to rethink a franchise that’s supposed to behave like a crown jewel.

The third “Fantastic Beasts” is landing at No. 3 behind Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog 2.” The SEGA sequel is projected to earn $15.9 million in its third weekend, continuing a powerful theatrical run. The film should expand its domestic build to $146 million through Sunday, putting it just outside its 2020 predecessor’s final $148 million total.

Other ups and downs at the box office include strong points for A24’s “Everything Everywhere All at Once” (down 15%) and Paramount’s “The Lost City” (down 28%).

“Everything Everywhere” has been the beneficiary of stellar word of mouth, continuing a streak of minor drops as it expands its domestic total past $25 million. Michelle Yeoh’s mix of genres should end up as one of the strongest stage performers in A24’s history.

“The Lost City” continues to hold strong in its fifth weekend. The Sandra Bullock-Channing Tatum two-handed duel should expand her domestic buildup to $85 million through Sunday, with a finish above $100 million still on the cards.

Sony’s “Father Stu” appears to drop 41% in its second outing. The Mark Wahlberg drama should expand its domestic gross to $14 million through Sunday.

Finally, Sony’s “Morbius” is beginning to unravel in its theatrical run. Jared Leto’s vehicle is projected to earn $2.25 million in its fourth weekend, raising its national total to $69 million as it crawls to match its $75 million production budget before it start the summer movie season.

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