‘Bad Guys’ tops North American box office
Three new releases helped fuel the North American box office this weekend, with Universal’s animated action-comedy “The Bad Guys” leading the way with an estimated take of US$24 million, reported Sunday. industry watcher Exhibitor Relations.
“Bad Guys” follows the exploits of a gang of wickedly intelligent creatures. Produced by DreamWorks Animation, the film has a voice cast including Sam Rockwell, Craig Robinson, Awkwafina, Marc Ramon, Anthony Ramos, and Lilly Singh.
All in all, it was a good weekend for family-oriented films – harder hit by the Covid effect than films targeting other demographics – with Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” ranking at again second, at $15.2 million for the Friday-Sunday period.
“Family cinema has certainly been shaken by the pandemic, but families are coming back now,” said David Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research. “We’re still a long way from pre-pandemic levels…but it’s a good start.”
Third place went to Warner Bros’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” at $14 million, a pretty steep drop from last weekend’s $43 million opening for the Wizarding World movie. .
Newer versions won the next two spots.
Focus Features’ “The Northman” grossed $12 million. It tells the gory tale of a Viking, played by Alexander Skarsgard, who seeks revenge on the man who killed his parents and usurped his father’s throne.
Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Bjork, Anya Taylor-Joy and Willem Dafoe round out the cast.
And in fifth place, Lionsgate’s very meta movie “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent”, at $7.2 million. Nicolas Cage plays, without too much seriousness, a man named Nick Cage. (AFP)