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411 Box Office Report: The Bad Guys Holds Onto #1 For Second Weekend

May 1, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
The Bad Guys Photo Still Image Credit: DreamWorks Animation

It was a second weekend atop the box office for The Bad Guys, which led the calm before the Dr. Strange storm hits next Friday. The Universal and Dreamworks’ animated film brought in $16.1 million in its second frame to hold onto #1. That’s down a very good 33% from the previous weekend as families continued to check out their newest option for cinema entertainment.

The adventure comedy has now grossed $44.4 million domestically and $118.7 million worldwide, putting it well on the path to profit against a $69 million production budget plus marketing. With international numbers coming in strong, this should be a hit for the studio. The domestic total is still looking to end at around $75 million, a solid number for a mid-budget animated film.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 came in at #2 for the third time, bringing in $11.4 million in its fourth weekend for a great 28% drop. Obviously, family films are pretty well back in force at this point. The sequel has a total of $160.9 million domestically and $323.5 million worldwide, both numbers surpassing the pandemic-shortened box office of the first film. Sonic 2 should end its run at around $180 million in the US and is a hit against its $90 million budget.

Things continue to look less than rosy for the Wizarding World as Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore dropped 41% in its third weekend with $8.3 million. The third entry in the spinoff series is performing well enough overseas, but $79.6 million domestically and $329.6 million worldwide is still not enough for profit yet considering its $200 million production cost plus P&A. It isn’t clear if the international numbers can hold on well enough for this film to make its way out of the red, leaving the Fantastic Beasts franchise’s future prospects quite murky at the moment. Domestically it should close out at around $95 million or so.

The Northman had an expected drop, as the Robert Eggers-directed Viking action film brought in $6.3 million in its sophomore weekend. That’s a 49% drop, which was fully expected for this male-targeted film that rode in on a fair amount of buzz. The film is currently sitting at $22.8 million domestically and $41.6 million worldwide, which are not bad numbers until you remember this one cost $70 million. It seems unlikely to make its budget back in theaters, though this was always going to be the case and Focus Features will be looking to home viewing for profit. It should end its box office run around $35 million to $40 million.

A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once continues to be the sleeper hit of the season, as the Michelle Yeoh film rose 2% in its sixth frame to bring in $5.5 million. This is a film whose grosses just keep on rising; it already has a 5.74 multiple from its opening weekend. It’s exactly the kind of film that independent cinema needed, currently sitting at $35.5 million domestically and $38.2 million worldwide. It is currently A24’s third highest-grossing film ever in terms of domestic numbers and has a chance at topping Lady Bird’s $49 million to claim #1 in that metric. It cost $25 million and looks like it might be able to hit profit before it exits theaters.

The Lost City remains undingable, as the romcom adventure added $3.9 million in its sixth weekend for a mere 9% drop. This one is clearly striking a chord with fans who have been missing romantic comedies at the box office, as shown by its $90.8 million domestic total and $148.9 million worldwide tally. This is a film that could end up topping $100 million by the end of its domestic run, and it’s a profitable film against a $68 million budget.

Nicolas Cage’s Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent slipped 45% in its second weekend to tally up another $3.9 million. The meta-action comedy isn’t exactly lighting up the box office, with $13.5 million domestically and $16 million worldwide against a $30 million budget. It seems likely to end its domestic run at around $20 million or so.

The sole new wide release came in low at #8 as expected, with Memory bringing in $3.1 million. The new Liam Neeson action thriller opened as low as most expected it to, having been dropped into theaters by Open Road Films without a heavy marketing campaign. The opening is the lowest for a wide release film in Neeson’s career if estimates hold, just $4,000 under the start of The Marksman which opened last January before the pandemic had begun to settle down.

Now, on the plus side for this film, Open Road puts these out so that they can make money on the secondary market (aka home viewing). But it’s still a pretty strong sign that audiences are getting very tired of Neeson starring generic action films. His last four theatrical releases — Memory, Blacklight, The Marksman, and The Honest Thief — have all opened below $5 million and only The Marksman has topped $15 million by the time it exited US theaters.

Reviews for Memory were not strong, coming in at a 31% aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences who saw it liked it more at 80% on RT, but the problem is just that no one had an interest in checking this out, either due to a lack of awareness or the knowledge that this will be just as good at home. These are the kinds of films that make a persuasive case for digital or streaming options, which is where Neeson’s 2021 Netflix film The Ice Road landed. Memory is unlikely to even top $10 million by the end of its domestic run. No word on its budget.

Mark Wahlberg’s Father Stu was down a solid 34% in its third weekend to $2.2 million. The faith-based biopic has grossed $17.6 million domestically and looks to be on course for about $22 million or so. The budget isn’t known for this one.

Morbius spent its last weekend in the top 10 as it brought in $1.5 million, down 35% in its fifth frame. That puts the film at $71.5 million domestically and $161.5 million worldwide against a $75 million budget. It’s a profitable film at this point but isn’t a major hit for Sony. It should end at around $75 million in the US.

Next weekend will see the Multiverse invade the box office for the second time, but this time in an MCU context as Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness explodes onto screens. The blockbuster is expected to gross in the $180 million to $200 million range in its opening weekend.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Domestic Numbers)
1. The Bad Guys – $16.1 million ($44.4 million total, $118.7 million WW)
2. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – $11.4 million ($160.9 million total, $323.5 million WW)
3. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore – $8.3 million ($79.6 million total, $329.6 million WW)
4. The Northman – $6.3 million ($22.8 million total, $41.6 million WW)
5. Everything Everywhere All At Once – $5.5 million ($35.5 million total, $38.2 million WW)
6. The Lost City – $3.9 million ($90.8 million total, $148.9 million WW)
7. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent – $3.9 million ($13.5 million total, $16 million WW)
8. Memory – $3.1 million ($3.1 million total, $3.2 million WW)
9. Father Stu – $2.2 million ($17.6 million total, $17.6 million WW)
10. Morbius – $1.5 million ($71.5 million total, $161.5 million WW))