This image posted by DreamWorks Animation shows animated characters, foreground left, featuring Craig Robinson, Wolf, voiced by Sam Rockwell, Piranha, voiced by Anthony Ramos and Snake, voiced by Marc Maron in “The Bad Guys.” (DreamWorks Animation via AP)
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LOS ANGELES — The DreamWorks animated film “The Bad Guys” took first place in US and Canadian theaters for the second weekend in a row, according to studio estimates Sunday, while Liam Neeson’s latest thriller suggested the actor would wear A special set of skills. Skinny with the masses.
Distributed by Universal Pictures, The Bad Guys generated $16.1 million in ticket sales in its second weekend, keeping well with a drop of just 33% from last weekend. The film, adapted from the children’s graphic novel Aaron Blaby, helped reignite the family’s films.
Paramount Pictures’ “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” largely dominated movie viewing in April — which remained in second place with $11.4 million, bringing its cumulative total to $160.9 million — and The Bad Guys, which grossed $44.4 million in two weeks.
However, moviegoers have mostly forgotten Neeson’s latest thriller, “Memory.” The rated version of Open Road-Briarcliffe Entertainment R was launched with an estimated $3.1 million at 2,555 locations. This is very much in line with the past few films that Neeson has starred in. In the past two years, Blacklight ($3.5 million debut), Honest Thief ($4.1 million) and Marksman ($3.1 million) have all similarly opened.
Neeson’s last action thriller to make a difference was 2019’s Cold Pursuit, which debuted with $11 million and eventually grossed $62.6 million worldwide. But either due to excessive saturation or lackluster reception (“Memory” has a “new” rating of 30% on Rotten Tomatoes), the once-reliable box office strength has waned.
“The pre-pandemic crime scenes in Neeson were good, including the hit ‘Taken’ series, but viewers aren’t paying much attention now,” David Gross, who runs film consultancy FranchiseRe, wrote in a newsletter. Go-to-movie activity is getting better, but ‘Memory’, ‘Blacklight’ and ‘The Marksman’ hit the wall.
The eighth release of “Memory” was the only new wide release on a quiet weekend in cinemas ahead of Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” release Friday. The Walt Disney Company release will effectively kick off the summer season in Hollywood, which the industry hopes will approach pre-pandemic levels.
Studios rocked last week with their summer slates at the CinemaCon industry conference, raising expectations for big-budget films like “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Jurassic World Dominion.”
The brightest spot in theaters currently remains “Everything Everywhere at Once,” which was down just 2% in the sixth week of its $5.5 million release. The film, a comedy and Judy Metaverse starring Michelle Yeoh, had extraordinarily long legs in theaters, grossed $35.5 million in sales to date, and ranks as one of A24’s biggest studio successes.
Estimated ticket sales Friday through Sunday in US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final local numbers will be published on Monday.
- “Bad guys” $16.1 million.
- “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” $11.4 million.
- Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, $8.3 million.
- “The Nortman” $6.3 million.
- “Everything everywhere at once” $5.5 million.
- “The unbearable weight of a huge talent” $ 3.9 million.
- “The Lost City” $3.9 million.
- “Memory” $3.1 million.
- “Father Stowe” $2.2 million.
- Morbius $1.5 million.