The Bad Guys continues their winning streak in family movies

families. not from The Fast and the Furious Kind of, but the type with kids who love the experience of going to the movies is showing that love again. For three consecutive weekends, family movies have taken center stage, with a new movie topping the box office each week. The numbers are pretty encouraging for theaters, even if they haven’t had another kid-friendly version or animation for a full eight weeks, when Pixar showed up. Light year Opens. We might even see two of these family movies still hanging around the top ten this weekend. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets It certainly wouldn’t be one of them.

Crop King: the wicked The winning streak continues for family movies

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the wicked It came out stronger than expected this weekend – not huge, but definitely enough to take first place with $24 million. Rio The numbers are not, but just under twice what Home run And Smurfs: The Lost Village It opened in April. These were two years ago, and it’s even more interesting to look back at the past few weeks when Sonic the Hedgehog 2And Dumbledore, and now this mobile title is #1, #1, and #1-2-3. This came from $72.1 million spent on Sonic 2 In its first weekend, $71.4 million was spent between that and Dumbledore Last week, and now another $53.2 million between the three this weekend. taking Fantastic beasts Out of the equation for now, keep in mind that the two best ‘PG’ films released last year were sing 2 And incanto, which earned a combined $258.6 million over 21 weeks. in three weeks, Sonic 2 And the wicked It made over $170 million.

Universal the wicked Must see this runway to Light year positively lit. Audience response to the film appears to be in good shape at the moment, and critics have endorsed it with an 85% rating on the tomatometer. Of the animated films that opened between $22 and $27 million, only three (TMNTAnd beast houseAnd Captain Underpants) finished at less than $80 million and only one of them (the Turtles movie) failed to make less than triple its opening weekend. If this trend continues and My voice Continuing at his own pace, this duo will likely outdo it sing 2/incanto combo from last year. This is exactly the direction theaters want to see, and they hope studios will have more movies like Minions: Rise of a puppy and DC Super Pet University Shaft lodge movie.

The top ten and beyond: Northman And Huge talent incomparable to My voice And Dumbledore

Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog in Sonic the Hedgehog 2

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 He did what he couldn’t do last week by hitting Fantastic beastsalthough down another 48% to $15.2 million and heading toward $180 million. Dumbledore’s secrets He wouldn’t be so lucky, dropping 66% in his second frame, dropping to $14 million. The best one can say about it is that it’s not completely bad MorbiusAnd, overall, he still had nearly $10 million in total for that movie’s first 10 days. Bad news prevails, though, as it is on the verge of becoming the seventh movie in history to gross over $65 million in its first ten days of release and fail to reach $100 million. (Those were movies amnesiaAnd sausage partyAnd Paranormal activity 2And scary movie 4And Sex and the City 2and last year Halloween kills.) Dumbledore It was also the second lowest earnings weekend for that batch alone sex and the city 2′14 million dollars. MorbiusMeanwhile, it dropped to just $2.3 million in its fourth weekend and is headed for a final total of $72-75 million.

Two more new films hit the market this weekend. Looks like Focus will have a little success story on its hands with Robert Eggers Northmanwhich brought in $12 million. That’s more than any movie the department has released since then Harriet In 2019. None of their movies released since then have reached $11 million, so congratulations there. However, at a price of $ 90 million on the film from the director the witch And beacon (which raised just over $36 million), it’s unlikely that anyone who keeps these receipts will see a return on their investment. The news is also not great for Lionsgate The unbearable weight of talent With Nicolas Cage as Nick Cage. This is the actor’s first live release in over 1,000 theaters since 2011. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance It amounted to $7.2 million; less than witch season She did it in the same year, which came to a total of $24.8 million. Not really good news for a $30 million production. Critics were at least in favor of both; Huge talent Currently Certified Fresh at 88% on Tomatometer, and Northman Fresh Fresh has a score of 89%, just below the two previous Eggers films, which each scored 90%.

Michelle Yeoh in everything everywhere at once

(Photo by David Burnfriend / © A24)

There are a couple of success stories in the top ten, though, starting with the A24 . edition Everything everywhere at once. Adding another $5.4 million this weekend (after losing 87 theaters), the 12% drop totaled $26.9 million, the sixth highest in studio history. Before the end of next week will pass both Midsmar And moon light to become fourth. This weekend also saw the best third weekend of wide release the A24 has ever seen, which it previously held hereditary ($3.6 million). can everything change the seat Uncut Gemstones to become number 1? Word of mouth should keep pushing, because gems It made $43.3 million after 31 days of the limited and wide release and is on its way to just over $50 million. can the lost City get double that? After $4.4 million this weekend, it’s moved up to $85.4 million, about $500,000 more than the Jackie Robinson movie. 42 It was in 38 days. It also had $4.58 million in its sixth weekend but earned just over $95 million. We’ve been projecting it for weeks at $90-95 million, so this is a step in the right direction, but the odds are still very low.

Also in a limited edition, Celine Siyama baby maman It grossed $45,000 in four theaters. Average $11,457 per theater is the Fifth Best in 2022 Everything everywhere at onceAnd The worst person in the worldAnd BatmanAnd Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

On the Vine: Another Liam Neeson Thriller

Liam Neeson Remembered (2022)

(Image via Open Road Films)

Next weekend, Liam Neeson will be going solo on a wide release with memoryDirected by Martin Campbell for James Bond and Zorro fame. Open Road Studios, which became Global Road in 2018 before returning to Open Road in 2020, is hoping the film can at least surpass the latest Neeson release, archer, from January 2021. This movie grossed $15.5 million while the pandemic was at its peak. This year’s edition of black light Another Neeson job – $9.5 million. With both movies opening for less than $4 million, Smart Money has had another solid week for family photos before. Doctor Strange in a multiverse of madness Summer begins the following week.

Full list of box office results: April 22-24, 2022


the wicked

  • $24 million (total $24 million)


Sonic the Hedgehog 2

  • $15.2 million (total $145.8 million)


Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets

  • $14 million (total $67.1 million)



  • $12 million (total $12 million)


The unbearable weight of talent

  • $7.18 million (total $7.18 million)


Everything everywhere at once

  • $5.4 million (total $26.9 million)


the lost City

  • $4.4 million (total $85.4 million)


father stu

  • $3.3 million (total $13.9 million)



  • $2.25 million (total $69.2 million)



  • $1.8 million (total $19.2 million)

Eric Childress can be heard each week doing box office reviews on Business First AM with Angela Miles and the Madness Podcast.

[box office figures via Box Office Mojo]

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