April 2, 2023

Behind the US/Worldwide Box Office – 4.2.2023


OPENINGS:  While DUNGEONS & DRAGONS:  HONOR AMONG THIEVES (eOne/Paramount) launched at the upper end of expectations, $38.5M (which included an unusually intense program of preview screenings) was a shaky start for a project with $250M in production/marketing costs and the hope to become a franchise.  It will need to hold up extremely well over the next several weeks to get out of red ink.  The overseas result was similar with $33M from 58 markets.

Arriving in time for the Easter season, the religious-aimed HIS ONLY SON (Angel) earned $5.3M.  That’s considerably lower than the $15.9M opening for the recent Jesus Revolution, but His Only Son had negligible costs by Hollywood standards.

Sundance prize winner A THOUSAND AND ONE (Focus/Universal) started in the lower tier of wide release with 926 theaters and took in an OK $1.8M.

HOLDOVERS:  JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4 (Lionsgate) dropped 62% to $28.2M from last week’s opening, within the norms for its genre, and could still become the first in the franchise to crack $200M in the US.  Overseas, it has $122M to date after a $35M weekend in 75 territories.

SCREAM VI (Paramount) dipped 36% to $5.3M in its 4th weekend, and is on track to become the highest-grossing installment in the series. International remained subdued with $49.4M.

CREED III (MGM/Amazon) lost 39% to $5M in its 5th weekend, and may hit $165M in the US.  The overseas total is $110M.

SHAZAM: FURY OF THE GODS (DC/Warners) continued to fare badly, down 49% to $4.7M in its 3rd weekend and possibly not even reaching $70M in the US.  Overseas wasn’t much better with $66M to date.

65 (Columbia/Sony) fell 51% to $1.6M in its 4th weekend, unlikely to get much past $35M in the US.  The overseas total is $24.2M.

ANT-MAN & THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA (Marvel/Disney) neared the end of its disappointing (for the MCU) run, down 49% to $1.2M in its 7th weekend, and fated to be neck-and-neck with Ant-Man & the Wasp‘s $216.6M US total despite an opening that was $30.3M higher.  Overseas, Quantumania has $259.8M, far below its predecessor’s $406M.

LIMITED RELEASE:  MALUM (Welcome Villain) opened at 249 with a $900 weekend per-theater average.  ENYS MEN (Neon) averaged $1100 at 62.  TORI & LOKITA (Janus) expanded to 8 with a $1200 average.

NEXT WEEKEND:  Tracking suggests a huge start for THE SUPER MARIO BROS MOVIE (Illumination/Universal).  Indie counterprogramming will include SHOWING UP (A24), PAINT (IFC) and HOW TO BLOW UP A PIPELINE (Neon).



About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."