In holdover news for Friday, Sony’s The Woman King earned another $2.975 million (-56%) on Friday, setting the stage for a $10 million (-47%) weekend and a $35.1 million ten-day total. Yes, that’s an excellent hold for a well-reviewed and well-received theatrical release, in yet another example of how online-centric controversies (and yes, I’m distinguishing between good-faith conversations about the film’s historical accuracy and disingenuous folks intended to troll the discourse) don’t affect general audience behavior. That’s not quite as good of a hold as Where the Crawdads Sing (-40% from a $17 million debut and against the $44 million launch of Nope), but it still points toward a final domestic total of around $65-$70 million barring awards season heat and/or there not being a ton of female-led films in the marketplace (alongside, obviously, Don’t Worry Darling).
Barbarian added 550 theaters in its third weekend and earned another $1.43 million (-28%). That sets the stage for a $4.75 million (-27%) weekend and a $28.33 million 17-day total. That’s a frankly terrific hold for an original, star-lite, hard-R grindhouse horror flick, and that Disney has A) given the film more theaters and B) cut a new buzz-driven trailer means that they know what they’ve got. Paramount
Searchlight’s See How They Run earned $570,000 (-49%) on Friday for a $1.78 million (-41%) weekend and $6 million ten-day total. A strong hold doesn’t mean much when the numbers are so small. Sony’s Bullet Train earned $500,000 (-30%) on Friday for a $1.8 million (-29%) weekend and $99.233 million domestic cume. Yes, it’ll pass $100 million sometime next week. Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick earned another $460,000 (-28%) on Friday to pass $710 million domestic. We can expect a $1.63 million (-27%) weekend and $711.6 million domestic cume. Aside from passing the inflation-adjusted total of Black Panther ($700 million in 2018/$715 million adjusted), Tom Cruise’s legacy sequel has mostly run out of milestones. We will see how close it can get to $1.5 billion worldwide by the end. Awards attention may move the needle.
Warner Bros. Discovery’s DC League of Super Pets earned $370,000 (-14%) for a $1.7 million (-22%) weekend and $90 million domestic cume. That will put it above Where The Crawdads Sing ($89.6 million) and The Black Phone ($89.9 million) to become summer’s tenth-biggest domestic earner. Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Gru will have $364 million domestic by tomorrow alongside its $915 million-plus global total (on a $80 million budget). Illumination may be expanding beyond kid-targeted animation, so that R-rated, grimdark Gru (“Is it just me, or is it getting more despicable out there?”) may be closer to reality. The David Bowie documentary Moonage Daydream expanded to non-PLF theaters for a 733-theater screen count. It earned $300,000 (-50%) on Friday for a likely $670,000 (-46%) weekend. $2.35 million isn’t bad for a music documentary of this nature.