Box Office Report for the Week of May 22

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness may soon join the $1 billion dollar club if momentum is strong for next week, but he’ll be competing against Tom Cruise and Top Gun: Maverick, whose early reviews have been more than stellar (including Joey’s rave here). Should Sam Raimi‘s movie reach that billion-dollar mark, it will only become the second film of the pandemic era to do so, behind Spider-Man: No Way Home, which reached that amount of money in record time, too.

This week, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness held off Downton Abbey: A New Era for the top spot. The former grabbed another $31.6M, while the latter debuted to a somewhat soft $16M. Both clearly were what the majority of audiences were taking in over the weekend, however.

Debuting in fifth place was Men, the latest A24 elevated horror offering. Critics, including Joey (here) were kind, but paying viewers were few and far between. The film could only could take in $3.2M, despite some solid buzz for Alex Garland‘s newest movie.

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

  1. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Disney): $31.6M (-48.8%) – 4,534 theatres
  2. Downton Abbey: A New Era (Focus Features): $16M – 3,820 theatres
  3. The Bad Guys (Universal Pictures): $6M (-13.3%) – 3,705 theatres
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Paramount Pictures): $3.9M (-15.4%) – 2,943 theatres
  5. Men (A24): $3.2M- 2,212 theatres
  6. Everything Everywhere All At Once (A24): $3.1M (-5.5%) – 1,576 theatres
  7. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (Warner Bros): $1.905M (-25.4%) – 1,923 theatres
  8. Firestarter* (Universal Pictures): $1.90M (-50.4%) – 3.413 theatres
  9. The Lost City (Paramount Pictures): $1.5M (-11.6%) – 1,396 theatres
  10. The Northman (Focus Features): $1.0M (-41.6%) – 1,263 theatres

*Firestarter released simultaneously in theatres and on Peacock.

Source: Box Office Mojo


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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