Box Office: ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ debuts at No. 1 with $23 million

,DC League of Super-PetsAn animated adventure about the great superhero’s four-legged friends, the film opened in first place at the domestic box office with $23 million from 4,313 theaters.

Although the Warner Bros. film starred Jordan Peele “NoOn the North American charts, it is an average opening considering the film’s $90 million price tag. Certainly, the Legion of Super-Pets is not as recognizable as Superman, Aquaman or its other Justice League bosses, but with the “DC League of Super-Pets” audience given DC Comics and its high affiliation with may resonate. Wattage voices were cast in Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart.

“DC League of Super-Pets” did not make much at the international box office, where it launched for $18.4 million from 63 markets. Overall, the film has grossed $41.4 million globally.

In the times of pandemic, “DC League of Super-Pets” is yet another kid-friendly film that has struggled to make its debut at the box office. Films aimed at parents with young children have been a mixed bag, which is concerning as family audiences were always a reliable source of revenue before the COVID-19 pandemic.

In terms of opening weekend revenue, “DC League of Super-Pets” came in behind Pixar’s “Lightyear,” which debuted at $51 million, and Universal’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” which opened at $107 million. Got off to a strong start. But its debut falls in line with other pandemic-era family films such as “The Bad Guys” ($23.9 million), “Sing 2” ($22.3 million) and Disney’s “Encanto” ($27 million). Still, it’s hard to imagine that “DC League of Super-Pets” has someone at Warner Bros. pouring a celebratory glass of bubbly; This time last year, the studio’s “Space Jam: A New Legacy” opened for $31 million while playing simultaneously on HBO Max.

It helps that other than the positive reception from ticket buyers (it landed an “A-” CinemaScore), “DC League of Super-Pets” doesn’t have much competition on the horizon. It’s got a clear runway until Sony’s “Lyle Lyle Crocodile” opens on October 7. Warner Bros. expects “DC League of Super-Pets” to enjoy a long life in theaters before reaching new audiences (and perhaps some repeat customers). HBO Max.

“This animation series is a moderate debut by standards,” said David A. Gross, who runs movie consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research. “Recently, many animation films have extended their runs to six weeks, producing healthy home multiples.”

While many animated films may have a slower start than their respective studios, many have shown great box office endurance, as Gross notes. For example, “The Bad Guys” and “Encanto” ended their theatrical run with $96 million in North America. And “Sing 2” had particularly long legs, tapping in with $162 million.

This weekend’s other new nationwide release is BJ Novak’s true-crime-inspired dark comedy “the revengeBarely broke into the top 10. The R-rated Focus feature film opened as expected, pulling in a shortfall of $1.75 million from 998 theaters.

The well-reviewed “Vengeance” attracted a mostly male audience (men accounted for 55% of ticket buyers). The film earned a “B+” CinemaScore. Nowak, who also wrote the screenplay, portrays a New York City-based journalist and podcaster who travels to Texas to investigate the death of a girl he was only casually dating.

Despite such a start for the “DC League of Super-Pets,” last weekend’s champion “Knope” slipped 3,807 places to second with $18.5 million, a 58% drop. So far, the UFO thriller — starring Daniel Kalua and Keke Palmer — has earned $80.5 million in North America. ‘No’ is yet to open at the international box office.

Disney’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” took the number 3 spot with $13.1 million from 3,650 locations in its fourth weekend in theaters. Those ticket sales pushed Marvel Adventure to $301 million at the domestic box office with a previous tally of $300 million. Internationally, the fourth “Thor” film has grossed $361 million, bringing its global total to $662 million.

“Minions: The Rise of Gru” dropped to fourth place with $10.8 million from 3,578 theaters and, despite opening in theaters five weeks earlier, took some business away from “DC League of Super-Pets” in the process. The latest “Despicable Me” spinoff Pandemic has been one of the kid-friendly success stories at the box office, with ticket sales of $320 million in North America and $710 million worldwide.

Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick” reached the top five with $8.2 million on its 10th weekend of release. After two months on the big screen, Tom Cruise’s blockbuster sequel has grossed $650 million at the domestic box office, while managing to stay in the top five on the weekend charts since Memorial Day weekend.

Soon, “Maverick” will surpass “Titanic” ($659 million) and “Jurassic World” ($653 million) to become the seventh-highest-grossing film in domestic box office history. With another $671 million from overseas audiences, “Top Gun: Maverick” has collected a whopping $1.3 billion to date.

In sixth and seventh places, Sony’s “Where the Crowdads Sing” ($7.5 million from 3,526 places in its third weekend, $53.5 million to date) and Baz Luhrmann’s musical biopic “Elvis” ($5.8 million from 2,901 places in its sixth weekend). , $129 million) to date) quietly running side by side in theaters. Both represent counter-programming victories during the summer blockbuster season.

Elsewhere, the A24’s multiverse adventure “Everything Everywhere All at Once” has created a major box office milestone, Over $100 million in global ticket sales. It is the first A24 film to hit the box office benchmark. The film, which re-released in domestic theaters over the weekend, became a sleeper hit, grossing $68.9 million in the United States and $31.1 million internationally.

At the special box office, Lena Dunham’s coming-of-age story “Sharp Stick” brought in $18,000 from two theaters — translating to $9,000 per location. Dunham wrote and directed the film, which centers on a 26-year-old woman who is socially and sexually inhibited after undergoing a hysterectomy as a teenager. Utopia is releasing the film, which hits nationwide on August 5.

Another indie title, IFC Films and Shudder’s “Resurrection,” took in $92,700 from 97 locations—an average of $955 per theater. “Resurrection” will launch on video-on-demand on Friday, August 5 and will continue to run in theaters throughout the summer.

Written and directed by Andrew Simmons, the psychological thriller stars Rebecca Hall as a woman whose carefully constructed life is cast as an unwanted shadow from her past returns. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews, with most of the praise directed at Hall’s performance. In Vulture ReviewCritic Bilge Abiri warns: “Good luck falling asleep after watching ‘Resurrection’.”

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