Box Office: ‘The Bad Guys’ Leads A Quiet Weekend With $16 Million

Another weekend, a new Liam Neeson action thriller hits theaters.

“Memory,” the actor’s nth COVID-era caper to hit the big screen, debuted over the weekend to $3.1 million from 2,555 North American theaters. Eighth place is a weak result, but one that comes close to Neeson’s recent theatrical releases such as “Blacklight” ($3.6 million debut), “Honest Thief” ($3.6 million debut) and “The Marksman” ($3.1 million). debut).

Since Open Road Films and Briarcliff Entertainment’s “Memory” is the only new national release, last weekend’s champion “The Bad Guys” topped the box office again. In its second show, Universal Pictures’ animated heist comedy earned $16.1 million from 4,042 locations, taking its domestic tally to $44.4 million.

“Mr. Neeson’s pre-pandemic crime photos did well, including the successful ‘Taken’ series, but audiences are showing little interest now,” said David A. Gross, who runs the film consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research. there’s a very loyal demographic willing to come back time and time again to watch the great Neeson avenge someone’s death.

Directed by Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”), “Memory” centers on Neeson as an assassin battling Alzheimer’s disease. various Peter Debruge called the film, which has 30% on Rotten Tomatoes, as a “retread” of Neeson’s familiar role. “In the end, ‘Memory’ is not very convincing, but at least try something more serious than most,” wrote Debruge.

Overall, it’s been a quiet weekend in theaters as Hollywood gears up for Disney’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” which opens on Friday. The Marvel film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and is set in the events of “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” is expected to generate huge box office ticket sales. Until then, several legacy titles complete the box office charts.

In second place, Paramount’s family-friendly “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” added $11.3 million from 3,801 locations. After four weeks on the big screen, the sequel “Sonic” has grossed $160.9 million at the domestic box office. The film has officially surpassed the first film’s $148 million box office record, making “Sonic 2” one of the rare pandemic-era films to earn more than its predecessor. However, COVID-19 is likely to shorten theatrical screenings for 2020’s “Sonic the Hedgehog,” which debuts roughly a month before the official lockdown begins in North America.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” returned to third on the North American charts with $8.3 million from 3,962 screens. The final chapter in the “Harry Potter” prequel series is by far the lowest in the Wizarding World film franchise. “The Secrets of Dumbledore” has made $79 million to date and faces an uphill battle to surpass $100 million domestically. Internationally, “Fantastic Beasts 3” was much more popular, adding $25.8 million over the weekend and $250 million overseas to date. Worldwide, “The Secrets of Dumbledore” has raised $329 million.

Director Robert Eggers’ bloody Viking epics “The Northman” and A24’s “Everything Everywhere All at Once” took places four and five on the domestic box office charts.

“The Northman” is down 49% from its $12 million debut, grossing $6.3 million from 3,284 theaters. The $70 million budget film, from Focus Features, has grossed $22 million so far. At the international box office, “The Northman” grossed $4.4 million from 45 foreign territories, increasing its overseas total to $18 million and its global tally to $41 million. Unless the film is released internationally, its hefty production budget means “The Northman” will struggle to stay out of harm’s way in its theatrical performances.

In its sixth weekend of release, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” added $5.5 million from 2,200 theaters. To date, the genre-defying film — starring Michelle Yeoh and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — has made an astonishing $35 million in North America.

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