June 9, 2024

Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 6.9.2024


OPENINGS:  Hollywood breathed a collective sign of relief as BAD BOYS: RIDE OR DIE (Columbia/Sony) arrived moderately above expectations with $56M.  That was down just 10% from 2019’s Bad Boys For Life (although that film opened on a holiday weekend, totaling $73M in 4 days).  Ride or Die faces no direct competition for weeks, and with a relatively reasonable $100M production budget, it should be well on its way to profit.  The only glimmer of a negative was that while For Life was slightly higher overseas than in the US, Ride or Die was 13% below with $48.6M in 60 territories.

THE WATCHERS (Blinding Edge/New Line/Warners) had a soft start at $7M, and with roughly $75M in production/marketing costs, it faces a steep climb.  The international launch was even lower at $4.7M.

A pair of re-released LORD OF THE RINGS (Fathom/New Line/Warners) classics filled some seats with $2.4M for FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, and $1.9M for THE TWO TOWERS.

HOLDOVERS:  It remains to be seen how next week’s debut of Inside Out 2 will affect the family films in the market, but for now they’re holding well, led by THE GARFIELD MOVIE (Alcon/Columbia/Sony) with a 29% dip to $10M in its 3rd weekend, potentially on its way to $100M in the US.  It also has $124.1M overseas after a $15.3M weekend in 61 markets.

IF (Paramount) was down a slim 24% to $8M in its 4th weekend, and should pass $110M in the US.  International lagged with $67.2M after a $6.2M weekend in 65 territories.

KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (20th/Disney) lost 40% to $5.4M in its 5th weekend.  A $165M US total would put it 11% above 2017’s War.  However, the overseas total of $210M after a $6.9M weekend in 52 markets is far below War‘s $343.8M.

FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA (Warners) continued its collapse, down 61% to $4.2M and headed for an anemic $70M in the US.  Things were a bit better internationally, with $85.7M after a $13.7M weekend in 78 territories.

THE FALL GUY (Universal, also on VOD) dropped 36% to $2.7M in its 6th weekend, still on track for $90M in the US.  It has a similar $80.5M overseas.

Aftre a couple of weeks with above-average holds, THE STRANGERS: CHAPTER 1 (Lionsgate) took a 50% hit to $1.8M.  Still, a $35M US total would be a favorable result for this brand of low-budget horror.  The international number is $5.4M thus far.

LIMITED RELEASE:  ROBOT DREAMS (Neon) had a soft $8K weekend per-theater average at 7.  FLIPSIDE (Oscilloscope) averaged $1400 at 9.

NEXT WEEKEND:  INSIDE OUT 2 (Pixar/Disney) will hope to prove itself the first true blockbuster of the summer (the original film opened with $90.4M in 2015).  Limited releases include GHOSTLIGHT (IFC).

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."