Shyamalan’s latest wins the weekend!
An age-related mystery was the main attraction at the box office this weekend as M. Night Shyamalan’s OLD took the top spot with an estimated opening of $16.5 million.
The new thriller, about a group of people trapped on a beach that causes them to rapidly age, is the lowest-grossing domestic opening for Shyamalan (previous low was LADY IN THE WATER’s $18 million start back in 2006). Shyamalan’s previous two movies, the UNBREAKABLE-related SPLIT and GLASS, each opened to $40 million.
The PG-13 Universal release, with an ensemble cast that includes Gael Garcia Bernal, Alex Wolff, Abbey Lee and Rufus Sewell, was originally planned to arrive in February before a delay to this weekend.
Shyamalan’s latest unsettling horror tale, based on a graphic novel called “Sandcastle”, had a reported production cost of $18 million. The movie also earned $6.5 million from international audiences for a worldwide total of $23 million.
Critics were split about their visit to the nightmare vacation destination, giving the movie a 52% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 53. Spend some quality time with the JoBlo review HERE.
Opening in second place was the new PG-13 action movie SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS with $13.3 million for the weekend.
The prequel, with Henry Golding (CRAZY RICH ASIANS) as the fan-favorite ninja of the title, was just a shadow of the openings for G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA ($54.7 million in 2009) and G.I. JOE: RETALIATION ($40.5 million in 2013).
Directed by Robert Schwentke (FLIGHTPLAN, RED) and also featuring Samara Weaving, Andrew Koji and Iko Uwais, the Paramount release reportedly cost $88 million (although that may have been as high as $110 million).
In third place was more special operative backstory as Marvel’s BLACK WIDOW took in $11.6 million on its third weekend in theaters. Disney’s PG-13 release (also on Disney+ for an extra cost) has a domestic total of $154.8 million and $314.9 million worldwide, on a reported $200 million cost.
The PG-rated animated/live-action sequel SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY was in fourth place with $9.5 million, plummeting 69% from its opening last weekend.
The $150 million Warner Bros. release (also on HBO Max), with LeBron James teaming with Bugs Bunny and friends, has a ten-day domestic total of $51.3 million and $93.9 million worldwide.
In fifth place was vehicular sequel F9: THE FAST SAGA with $4.6 million on its fifth domestic weekend. Universal’s PG-13 action movie has cruised to a domestic total of $163.2 million and $621 million worldwide, currently placing both grosses right about in the middle for the overall franchise.
The PG-13 horror-thriller ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS was in sixth place with $3.4 million, losing 61% of business from its opening last weekend. The $15 million Sony sequel has a ten-day domestic total of $16 million and a worldwide total of $24 million.
In seventh place was the animated DreamWorks sequel THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS with $2.7 million, bringing the PG-rated Universal release to $50.1 million domestic and $61 million worldwide on a reported $82 million cost.
The R-rated sequel THE FOREVER PURGE was in eighth place with $2.3 million over its fourth weekend. Universal’s $18 million horror-thriller has a domestic total of $40.3 million and $57.4 million worldwide.
In ninth place was the sci-fi/horror sequel A QUIET PLACE: PART II with $1.2 million. After nine weekends, the PG-13 Paramount release has a domestic total of $157.5 million and $290 million worldwide, on a reported $61 million cost.
At the bottom was the R-rated documentary ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN with $830,000, a drop of 58% from its opening last weekend for a ten-day domestic total of $3.7 million.
The new Mark Wahlberg road trip JOE BELL opened on over 1000 screens but couldn’t crack the list, making $707,000 for the weekend (with a lower per-screen average than THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD in its sixth weekend).
Based on a true story, the R-rated bullying drama (once thought to be an Oscar hopeful for Wahlberg) didn’t leave a strong impression on critics with a 37% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 54 on Metacritic. Travel on over to the JoBlo review HERE.
Next weekend offers the long-delayed period fantasy THE GREEN KNIGHT, the Matt Damon thriller STILLWATER, and the Dwayne Johnson/Emily Blunt Disney adventure JUNGLE CRUISE (also premiering on Disney+ for a $30 charge).
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