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

September 19, 2022

The box office grossed $48.4M over the weekend, making the Q3 gross total to $1.79B. The yearly total is now at $5.46B.


The Woman King opened at $19M, almost double SVM’s original estimate of $10M. Starring Academy Award winner Viola Davis, the film tells the true story of one of the most powerful kingdoms in Africa. Women came out to theaters for this film making up 60% of the total audience. The film’s total audience was 81% BIPOC: 59% Black, 12% Latinx/Hispanic, and 10% Asian. Critics and moviegoers alike had rave reviews of the film as Rotten Tomatoes sits at 95% on the Tomatometer and received a 99% audience score. Its Cinema Score was a perfect A+, only the second film of the year to receive the score since Top Gun: Maverick.


Horror film Barbarian finishes in second place during its second weekend in theaters. It brought in $6.3M, a drop of only -40%, which is very positive for a horror film. Its gross total is now $20.9M.


The horror prequel story to March 2022’s X, Pearl opened at $3.1MThe film had a young and majority male audience at 53% and A18-34 79%. Additionally, just about half the audience was diverse at 25% Latinx/Hispanic, 13% Asian, and 11% Black. Pearl also received positive reviews with an 87% on the Tomatometer and an 83% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.


Searchlight’s first theatrical release of 2022 See How They Run finished in fourth place over the weekend. It opened at $3.1M on just 2,404 screens nationwide, which is higher than Searchlight’s last release, Academy Award nominee Nightmare Alley (2021), which opened at $2.8M.


Staying within the top five for the seventh weekend in a row Bullet Train grossed $2.5M over the weekend. Its gross total is approaching the $100M mark, now sitting at $96.3M.


Next weekend immerses moviegoers into the familiar world of Pandora after 13 years as Avatar is re-released. Avatar is estimated to bring in $20M as fans gets excited for its sequel Avatar: The Way of Water coming to theaters on December 16. The re-release of Avatar shows that the moviegoing experience is here to stay with the “resurgence of the theater experience”, as said by Avatar’s director James Cameron. He continued, “People are craving that…It’s slowly building back. Partly it’s been because of a dearth of top titles that people would want to see in a theater. But Avatar is the poster child for that. This is the type of film that you have to see in a theater.” Estimated opening $20M.


Don’t Worry Darling, a psychological thriller with a star-studded cast, will also open this coming weekend. The film is set in a 1950s utopian society and when a woman named Alice realizes things are not as perfect as they seem, she starts to question her surroundings. Starring Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine and Gemma Chan. Estimated opening $20M.


The Fabelmans trailer was released giving a glimpse into the coming-of-age story of a young boy who explores life with his tight-knit family through movies. The story is an adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s life, who wrote and directed the film. Starring Michelle Williams, Paul Dano and Gabriel LaBelle. The film is already in discussion to be a big winner this coming awards season as it received Toronto Film Festival’s People’s Choice AwardThe Fabelmans will be released on November 23. Estimated opening $5M.


I Wanna Dance With Somebody trailer was also released. The film follows the late Whitney Houston’s rise to fame. The biopic hits theaters December 21. Estimated opening $12M.


2023’s Babylon starring Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie also received a trailer. The film is about the beginnings of Hollywood during the roaring 20s as the world of film is transitioning from silent movies to talkies. Robbie’s character is an up-and-coming actress and her relationship with Hollywood shows the decadence of the era. Babylon hits theater January 6, 2023. Estimated opening $25M.

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