May 19, 2024

Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 5.19.2024


OPENINGS:  IF (Paramount) was at the low end of projections with $35M, although that was an improvement over where it seemed to be headed after Friday’s $10.4M.  The key was strong family turnout on Saturday, but while IF benefited from being the first major release for that demographic in the 11 weeks since Kung Fu Panda 4 opened, it will face instant direct competition from next week’s The Garfield Movie, which already has $49M in overseas release (and 2 weeks after that, Pixar’s Inside Out 2 arrives).  Production/marketing costs were relatively moderate for a big summer movie at around $200M, but the initial international numbers weren’t encouraging, with $20M in 56 territories ($24M total including a few markets that opened last week).

THE STRANGERS: CHAPTER 1 (Lionsgate) exceeded expectations with $12M, slightly above Night Swim‘s $11.8M start, and $30-35M in the US should make it profitable on very low costs.  It hasn’t yet opened overseas.

BACK TO BLACK (Focus/Universal) didn’t find the US musical bio audience that fueled Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman and One Love, launching with a low $2.9M.  However, it’s already earned $36.6M in international release.

HOLDOVERS:  KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (20th/Disney) had a standard action franchise hold, down 56% to $26M.  It’s on track to pass War‘s $146.9M in this country.  Overseas, though, seems to be going in the other direction with $136.3M after a $40.6M weekend in 52 markets, a long distance from War‘s $343.8M.  In addition, Kingdom will have to face off with Furiosa next weekend.

THE FALL GUY (Universal) dropped 38% to $8.5M in its 3rd weekend, on its way to a blah $85M in the US.  It’s on the same trajectory internationally, with $64.6M after a $7.2M weekend in 81 territories.

CHALLENGERS (MGM/Amazon, also on VOD) dipped 33% to $2.9M in its 4th weekend, and should pass $50M in the US.  It’s lower overseas, with $35.2M after a $2.6M weekend in 61 markets.

TAROT (Screen Gems/Sony) lost 41% to $2M in its 3rd weekend, headed for $20M in the US.  The international total is $14.5M after a $5M weekend in 52 territories.

GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE (Legendary/Warners, also on VOD) was down 35% to $1.7M in its 8th weekend, still chasing $200M in the US.  It has $366.6M overseas.

UNSUNG HERO (Lionsgate) fell 57% to $1.1M in its 4th weekend, likely to fall short of $25M in the US, and with no international release to date.

CIVIL WAR (A24) dropped 44% to $1M in its 6th weekend, and may reach $70M in the US.  It’s lower overseas with $44.3M.

LIMITED RELEASE:  The IMAX documentary THE BLUE ANGELS (Amazon) brought in $1.3M in a pre-SVOD run at 227 theaters, a weekend per-theater average of $5700.  I SAW THE TV GLOW (A24) expanded to near-wide release at 469 theaters and reported $1M, a $2100 average.  BABES (Neon) opened at 12 with a $14K average.  WILDCAT (Oscilloscope) widened to 101 and averaged $1400.  EVIL DOES NOT EXIST (Janus/Sideshow) grew to 103 with a $1200 average.

NEXT WEEKEND:  As noted, the Memorial Day weekend openings include FURIOSA:  A MAD MAX SAGA (Warners) and THE GARFIELD MOVIE (Columbia/Sony).


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."