Box Office Report for the Week of May 14

(L-R): Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Dave Bautista as Drax, and Pom Klementieff as Mantis in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2023 MARVEL.

The MCU…not dead yet! I will not do another column where I talk about the current state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe like I did last week because I will sound like a broken record. Still, if you have not read it, please check it out here. I also don’t want to appear like Galileo or Nostradamus, but my thoughts were vindicated: people will see a movie in theatres with positive reviews and strong word-of-mouth, no matter its genre. This was the case with Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol.3, which now has one of the BEST SECOND-WEEK DROP OF ANY MOVIE IN THE MCU’S HISTORY!

The film has already reached $500 million worldwide (which is even better than Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania‘s total international cume) and is now on track to make over $800 million worldwide, which would *checks notes* make it as successful as Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. Time will tell how much money it will make but, please go on and tell me how tHe McU iS dEaD!

The hold on theatres may not be as strong, but the franchise will continue for many years if they focus on quality control and good storytelling. James Gunn has moved on to DC, but that does not mean that Marvel shouldn’t learn from them. I hope that the “superhero fatigue” discourse will cease to exist, especially with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse projecting to obliterate the first film’s opening weekend by a lot.

There were plenty of new movies this weekend, but they all fell short of making an impact as Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 is still dominating the month of May. Book Club: The Next Chapter didn’t do as strongly as the original, with a lousy $6.5 million opening. It wasn’t as well-received as the original, which could’ve factored into its losses.

Robert Rodriguez‘s Hypnotic was a critical and commercial dud, grossing only $2.3 million in sixth position, even with big stars like Ben Affleck, William Fichtner, and Alice Braga headlining the thriller. It’s an interesting movie to analyze, not because of the content itself but only because of the historical fact that it made Solstice Studios go bankrupt and shut down after they overpaid for distribution rights.

On the indie side, Matt Johnson‘s BlackBerry opened in 450 theatres with a $473.000 tally, while Charlie Day‘s Fool’s Paradise grossed over $443.140 in 784 theatres. BlackBerry has a much stronger hold than Fool’s Paradise, and Johnson’s film is poised to make more money as buzz has become much more considerable than Day’s directorial debut.

Here is the full list of the top ten films of the week:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 (Disney): $60.5M (-48.9%) – 4,450 theatres
  2. The Super Mario Bros. Movie (Universal): $13.0M (-29.9%) – 3,800 theatres
  3. Book Club: The Next Chapter (Universal): $6.5M – 3,508 theatres
  4. Evil Dead Rise (Warner Bros): $3.7M (-36.6%) – 2,821 theatres
  5. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (Lionsgate): $2.5M (-23%) – 2,365 theatres
  6. Hypnotic (Ketchup Entertainment): $2.3M – 2,118 theatres
  7. John Wick: Chapter 4 (Lionsgate): $1.9M (-17.8%) – 1,613 theatres
  8. Love Again (Sony): $1.5M (-34.9%) – 2,703 theatres
  9. Air (Amazon Studios): $768.000 (-44.8%) – 1,210 theatres
  10. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (Paramount): $741.000 (-49.4%) – 934 theatres

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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