It was another mediocre weekend at the box office, with the top ten accumulating just $42.6 million, making it the 4th worst weekend of 2022.
The female king finished first among all newcomers this weekend with an estimated $19 million. If I may toot my own horn a little, that number really puts it in place my prediction from Thursday, when the tracking opened to $12 million. I saw that the reviews were strong and I think people were just intrigued to see Viola Davis in a different type of role. The stellar reviews helped bring people to theaters, while the rare A+ CinemaScore means those who saw it loved it and helped it overperform on Saturday and Sunday! It bodes well for the future of this Maria Bello produced film.
Well-reviewed horror film Barbarian comes in second place in its second week of release. The film had a fairly small drop-off for a second-week horror film of just 40% (generally, horror films are front-loaded and have second-week drop-offs in the 60% range) and finished the weekend with $6.3M . It seems people are hearing that this isn’t your standard horror thriller, and they’re heading to the theaters to see what the fuss is about. Expect this one to pull in solid numbers throughout the Halloween season.
Third place went to Pearl. The second movie in newly announced trilogy actually opened one place higher than its predecessor did back in March of this year. However, Pearl gross is slightly less than Pearl opened with $3.1 million, while X saw a $4 million start. Fortunately, these movies are made on the cheap (with this one costing a reported $1 million), and a $3 million opening is already Pearl into profitability. The third film in the trilogy, Maxxine is already in production and is expected to be released sometime in 2023.
Opening in fourth place is See how they drive starring Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan with an estimated $3.1 million. This is a movie that could have easily just been dropped on a streaming service and probably done just fine, so I give kudos to the studio for giving this one a theatrical release, even if the marketing budget wasn’t very strong. The studio seems to know they weren’t working with a big awards show, just a fun murder mystery with some great actors. This may be one of those titles that disappears quickly at the box office but will find new life when it hits home video as it is a fun little film with great acting.
Despite finishing the above predictions, The Woman King does not have the weekend’s best average per screen. That honor belongs to the David Bowie documentary Moonage Daydream , which opened on just 170 Imax screens and saw a stunning average of $7,200 apiece. theater, allowing the film to crack the top ten with $1.2 million in box office sales this weekend. It’s quite an impressive number and shows that even six years after his death, David Bowie is an icon to be reckoned with.
The rest of the top ten saw the standard tiles we’ve seen for the past few months: Bullet train rounds out the top five with $2.5 million as it inches ever closer to $100 million. While places six to nine went to Top Gun: Maverick with $2.18 million; DC League of Super Pets with $2.17 million; The invitation with $1.7 million, though the film’s unrated cut is now available on demand and could cut a bit into its PG13 box; and Minions: The Rise of Gru finished with $1.3 million.
See you next week reissue of the highest-grossing film of all time: Avatar in 3D, Imax 3D and a new 4K High Frame Rate conversion. Personally, I’m not a fan of High Frame Rates in theatrical movies unless they’re in 3D, as HFR helps smooth out some of the 3D effects. Not in 3D, that tends to make movies look a little more like you shot it on your camcorder than a big budget movie. But we’ll see, James Cameron has earned the benefit of the doubt and I bet he’ll make it look amazing.
The highly controversial film will also be released next week Don’t worry baby directed by Olivia Wilde and starring Florence Pugh, Harry Styles and Chris Pine. It will be interesting to see how this one does at the box office, as the behind-the-scenes drama has far outweighed the news of the actual film, which may be a good thing, as most reviews have been less than impressed with it so far.
Have you been to the cinema this weekend? Let us know in the comments what you saw and if you think we should see it too, and don’t forget to vote in our poll asking what your favorite female-fronted action movies are.