Box Office Report for the Week of May 1

Heading into last weekend, Universal / DreamWorks’ animated The Bad Guys was projected to come in somewhere around third place with about $15M. Instead, it beat most expectations by debuting in first place with $23.9M.

With no serious competition this weekend, the title repeats atop the box office with a -33% decline to $16.1M – higher than some projections had it earning last frame for its opening weekend.

Paramount’s family action-comedy Sonic the Hedgehog 2 fell -27% to $11.3M. After beating its 2020 predecessor’s opening by +26% and its sophomore frame by +11%, its third weekend fell -4% behind. Now in its fourth weekend, it once again retakes the lead, coming in +47% ahead of the original’s $7.7M frame.

Warner Bros.’ fantasy sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore fell -41% to $8.3M. With a $79.5M domestic total, it’s running -56% behind 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ($183.0M) and -40% behind 2018’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ($134.5M) through the equivalent point in release.

Debuting in eighth place, Memory, the latest Liam Neeson vehicle, failed to make an impression. Generating just about $3.1M, it’s likely to soon be forgotten about. Hatching also debuted weakly, starting off outside the top ten, but in far fewer theaters.

Here’s the full list of the top ten films of the week:

  1. The Bad Guys – $16.1M (-33%) – 4,042 theatres
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – $11.35M (-27%) – 3,801 theatres
  3. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore – $8.3M (-41%) – 3,962 theatres
  4. The Northman – $6.31M (-49%) – 3,284 theatres
  5. Everything Everywhere All At Once – $5.54M (+2%) – 2,213 theatres
  6. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent – $3.92M (-45%) – 3,036 theatres
  7. The Lost City – $3.9M (-10%) – 2,595 theatres
  8. Memory – $3.1M – 2,555 theatres
  9. Father Stu – $2.21M (-34%) – 2,476 theatres
  10. Morbius – $1.5M (-35%) – 1,726 theatres

Source: Box Office Pro


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Written by Caillou Pettis

Caillou Pettis is a professional film critic and has been writing about film for several years across various different publications. Ever since the age of nine, film and the art of filmmaking have been his number one passion. When hes

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