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June 2, 2024

Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 6.2.2024

 

OPENINGS:  The major studios abandoned this normally prime summer-season weekend, and a flood of indies rushed in to grab the available theaters.  None were able to capitalize to a particularly notable extent, with the anime HAIKYUU: THE DUMPSTER BATTLE (Crunchyroll/Sony) faring best at $3.5M.  The genre is typically very frontloaded, so Haikyuu may not get past $10M in the US (it dropped over 50% between Friday and Saturday).  However, it has $76.7M overseas, $69M of that from its home territory of Japan.

The avant-garde slasher movie IN A VIOLENT MANNER (IFC) was a notch down with $2.1M at 1426 theaters (a weekend per-theater $1500 average).  It was followed by the family dramedy EZRA (Bleecker Street) with $1.2M at 1320 ($900 average), elder-com SUMMER CAMP (Roadside) with $1.1M at 1787 ($600 average), and western THE DEAD DON’T HURT (Shout) with $350K at 735 ($500 average).  Only the latter title has been released overseas, where it has $600K to date.

BABES (Neon) expanded to 1118 theaters and earned $900K, averaging $800.  It’s US-only for now.

HOLDOVERS:  After last week’s back-and-forth battle with Furiosa, this time THE GARFIELD MOVIE (Alcon/Columbia/Sony) was the clear victor, down 42% to $14M, and on its way to $90M in the US.  In addition, Garfield has $100.7M overseas after a $27.1M weekend in 60 markets.  Its very moderate production budget should allow it to reach profit.

IF (Paramount) continued to hold well, down 33% to $10.8M in its 3rd weekend as it headed to $110M in the US.  However, it continued to be weaker internationally, with $57.6M after an $11M weekend in 69 territories.  A $200M worldwide total won’t recoup its production/marketing costs.

Advocates for FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA (Warners) hoped that it would have a long theatrical tail that would help it get out of red ink.  But while Mad Max: Fury Road dipped 46% in its 2nd weekend, Furiosa was down 59% to $10.8M, and may not pass $80M in the US.  It has $64.7M internationally after a $27M weekend in 77 markets.

The closest thing to a summer box office bright spot remained KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (20th/Disney), down 34% to $8.4M in its 4th weekend, on target for $165M in the US.  The overseas total is $197.1M after a $15.2M weekend in 52 territories.

Although THE FALL GUY (Universal, also on VOD) won’t be profitable, it’s persisted nicely from its low start, down 30% to $4.2M in its 5th weekend, and likely to hit $90M in the US.  It has $77.6M internationally.

THE STRANGERS: CHAPTER 1 (Lionsgate), with the horror market largely to itself, has held nicely, down 36% to $3.6M, and capable of reaching $40M in the US.  In early overseas release, it has $3.7M to date.

SIGHT (Angel) took the biggest hit in the Top 10, down 61% to $1.1M, and probably won’t see $10M in the US.  It hasn’t opened internationally.

LIMITED RELEASE:  There are no official box office numbers for YOUNG WOMAN AND THE SEA (Disney), which the studio is releasing briefly in theaters for awards qualification before a shift to streaming, but reports have it at $500K in about 300 theaters.  ROBOT DREAMS (Neon) opened with a $16K average at 2.

NEXT WEEKEND:  Hollywood returns to the summer fray with BAD BOYS: RIDE OR DIE (Columbia/Sony) and THE WATCHERS (New Line/Warners). 

 



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 screened.com and the-burg.com. In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."