Two new wide releases over the holiday weekend brought the box office to $108.6M.
The third film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, opened at $43M over the weekend. Audiences were impressed with the newest addition to the franchise giving it an 85% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore grade. The prequel to the Harry Potter books tells the story of how an evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is trying to take over the wizarding world and how Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and magizoologist (Eddie Redmayne) try to stop him.
In its second weekend in theaters, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 brought in $30M, dropping -58% from last week. The first PG blockbuster of the year has already pushed past the $100M mark bringing in $119.6M.
Romantic comedy The Lost City remains in the top five films for fourth week in a row bringing in $6.5M – only a -28% drop from last weekend. Its overall domestic box office gross now totals $78.5M.
Michelle Yeoh’s Everything Everywhere All at Once had a +2.1% boost and rose in the box office gross ranks from last weekend after being released in an extra 970 theaters. Its overall gross in now $17.6M after bringing in an extra $6.1M over the holiday.
In fifth place was new wide release starring Mark Wahlberg, Father Stu. Based on a true story, a boxer named Stuart Long who can’t seem to find his way finally finds himself converting to Catholicism. His faith is tested throughout the movie, especially when diagnosed with a rare generative muscle disease. Mark Wahlberg financed the movie himself after learning of Stuart Long’s story from two priests seven years ago. The faith-based drama opened at $5.7M on April 13 and grossed $8M in its first five days of release.
Next weekend brings three new wide releases: The Northman, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent and The Bad Guys.
The Northman is an action epic about a Viking prince (Alexander Skarsgard) whose father was murdered and tries to avenge his death. The film also stars Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Claes Bang and Anya Joy-Taylor.
Comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent also hits theaters this weekend. Starring Nicolas Cage as himself, Cage is CIA informant at a billionaire’s party that he is supposed to make a paid appearance at. The film also features Pedro Pascal and Tiffany Haddish.
Another PG movie will hit theaters next weekend with the release of The Bad Guys, an animated adventure comedy follows five reformed criminal animals that are trying to be good. The animals are voiced by Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Awkwafina, Craig Robinson and Anthony Ramos.
In COVID-19 news, Philadelphia, PA has reinstated its mask mandate in theaters. The one-sheet reflecting this change will be sent out this Wednesday with the Marketplace Overview.