Weekend Box Office - Fantastic Beasts, Sonic 2, and The Bad Guys
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Weekend Box Office – Fantastic Beasts, Sonic 2, and The Bad Guys

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BY April 24, 2022

The weekend box office results continue to be very encouraging for family films. We recently reported that the movie Sonic 2 had started very well at the box office. This success was a breath of fresh air for Paramount Pictures and the entire family film genre. Families are flocking back to the theaters after the lull the industry suffered due to the COVID19 pandemic. Luckily the good news keeps on coming, and in this case, it was thanks to The Bad Guys, DreamWorks Animation, and Universal. These were not the only box office releases. This weekend we also had The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent and The Northman.

The Bad Guys Won the Weekend Box Office

According to marketing company Comscore, the animated film The Bad Guys, with an estimated $24 million box office, is on track to surpass Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. This result is good news for DreamWorks Animation and Universal and family films, which continue to rebound.

Bad Guys is an animated film about a team made up of animals with the worst reputation: a wolf, a snake, a shark, a tarantula, among others. The film has an action-comedy tone, and has already grossed $63 million overseas, which added to the domestic box office gives a total of $87 million. CinemaScore has given the film an A rating.

Weekend box office (Image: DreamWorks)

Pierre Perifel directs the film, and its cast includes such big names as Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Craig Robinson, Awkwafina, Zazie Beetz, and Anthony Ramos. At the box office, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has already amassed nearly $146 million.

Premieres that Went Badly

The third part of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore has been the big loser since its release. The Wizarding World franchise has grossed $14 million domestically, a drop of over 65% since last weekend. It seems that the replacement of Johnny Depp due to the scandal with his ex-wife has not helped the film’s success. Neither have the ongoing altercations of Ezra Miller, another cast member. With an estimated worldwide gross of $280 million, it is still a far cry from the gross of the first two parts of the franchise.

Fantastic Beasts 3 Box Office (Image: Warner Bros Pictures)

The Bad Guys were not the only release this weekend, Hollywood is betting big on a post-pandemic recovery, and we had two more releases, The Northman and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.

In the case of The Northman, directed by Robert Eggers, it has had a timid $12 million opening. The cast includes such A-listers as Anya Taylor-Joy, Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, and Ethan Hawke. It has been reported that The Man from the North cost between US$70 million and US$90 million. Therefore, it seems unlikely that the film produced by Focus Features and New Regency will recoup its investment, despite the high expectations placed on this production.

Alexander Skarsgard in The Northman Image via Focus Features

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, starring Nicolas Cage, opened with $7.2 million. Cage played a fictionalized version of himself in this film and was rated a B+ by CinemaScore. It can be considered a modest success, considering the small size of the production.

What about you, did you go to the movies this weekend? Which movie did you like the most?

Featured Image Via DreamWorks

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