Weekend Wrap Up - a look at this week’s Industry Updates

April 11, 2022

Three new wide releases helped the box office bring in $116M total.


Sonic the Hedgehog 2 opened at $71M over the weekend becoming the best opening ever for a video game based film. It brought diverse families and the co-viewing experience back to theaters with 27% of the total audience being made up of parents, 31% children and 42% general public. Latino and Hispanics comprised 38% of the audience, 20% Black, and 13% Asian/other. Sonic was popular with the Gen Z/millennial demographic as well with 46% of moviegoers being A18 and 34 and 32% under 17. It received a 67% fresh score of Rotten Tomatoes from critics and was a crowd favorite at 97% audience score.


The biochemist turned vampire Morbius stands strong with a second weekend gross of $10.2M bringing its gross total to $57M.


Romantic comedy adventure starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, The Lost City, only had a -37.7% drop from last week grossing $9.2M. Its gross total now comes to $68.9Mafter its third weekend in theaters.


Ambulance, a new wide release starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdun-Mateen II, brought in $8.7M. The film follows the brothers who steal an ambulance after their bank heist went awry. The Michael Bay film fared well with the audience and critics with a 67% fresh score from critics and 88% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.


Robert Pattinson’s The Batman remains in the top five grossing films for the sixth consecutive weekend bringing in $6.5M. The film now has a gross total of $376.1M domestically.


In sixth place was new wide release Everything Everywhere All at Once starring Michelle Yeoh grossed $6M. The film follows laundromat owner Evelyn Wang (Yeoh) who is struggling to make ends meet when she is pulled into a multiverse and sees the different lives she could have led. On Rotten Tomatoes, Everything Everywhere All at Once has become a fan and critic favorite with 97% fresh score and 94% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.


In other movie news, ticket sales for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness began on April 6, a month before the movie’s release. According to Fandango, during its first 24 hours of presales, they sold more tickets for Doctor Strange than for any other 2022 film so far in their first 24 hours of sales, including The Batman. Showtimes sold out within hours of sales beginning and Fandango is releasing more showtimes to keep up with the demand.


Next weekend brings Father Stu and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. Father Stu starring Mark Wahlberg is a true story about a boxer who turned his life around and decides to become a priest. The film will hit theaters April 13. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the third film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, will follow the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and how he and the wizarding world clash with beasts old and new.

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