Paramount is having one hell of a year with Scream, Jackass Forever, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Top Gun: Maverick, and, now, Smile. The horror film exceeded expectations and grossed over $22 million in its opening weekend with a $17 million budget.
However, other movies opening this weekend didn’t have the same success as Smile. Billy Eichner‘s BROS opened in fourth place with a meager $4.8 million tally, which is a shame considering its all-LGBTQ cast and endless critical acclaimed it has received since it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (including Joey’s review here).
The Good House, starring Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline, bombed at the box office at fifteenth place with a lousy $834,170 opening. The cast was great and it received somewhat decent reviews, but it doesn’t seem like rom coms has drawn as many people as it did before the COVID pandemic occurred.
One of the most impressive openings this weekend is the Indian film Ponniyin Selvan: I, which opened in 500 IMAX theaters around the United States and grossed over $4 million. Indian cinema remains a box office powerhouse, with RRR, KGF Chapter 2, and Brahmastra being major crossover hits in North America.
And movies like The Woman King and Don’t Worry Darling are still making money, though not as strong as their initial box office numbers were. Still, negative reviews aren’t talking people out of seeing Olivia Wilde‘s sophomore effort with Florence Pugh, Chris Pine and Harry Styles.
Here’s the full list of top 10 films for the week:
- Smile (Paramount): $22M – 3,645 theatres
- Don’t Worry Darling (Warner Bros): $7.3M (-62.3%) – 4,121 theatres
- The Woman King (Sony): $6.9M (-36.4%) – 3,504 theatres
- Bros (Universal): $4.8M – 3,350 theatres
- Avatar (2022 re-release) (Disney): $4.6M (-55.4%) – 1,860 theatres
- Ponniyin Selvan: I (Sarigama Cinemas): $4.0M – 500 theatres
- Barbarian (Disney): $2.8M (-41.7%) – 2,720 theatres
- Bullet Train (Sony): $1.4M (-22.8%) – 1,931 theatres
- DC League of Super-Pets (Warner Bros/DC): $1.3M (-25%) – 1,924 theatres
- Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount): $1.2M (-23.9%) – 1,561 theatres
Source: Box Office Mojo