Boy and the Heron Leads the Way


Another quiet weekend at the box office still drew a few surprises. Notably, The Boy and the Heron and Godzilla: Minus One—two Japanese films—claiming two of the top three spots. The former led the way with an impressive $12.8 million, the best US/Canada opening for GKIDS and Studio Ghibli, per Deadline. Meanwhile, Godzilla expanded to 2,540 theaters and accrued $8.3M (-31%) in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total to $25.3M.

Last week’s champ, Renaissance: A Film by Beyonce, didn’t fare as well, slipping 77% in Week 2 for a 3-day $5M total. All told, this latest concert feature has amassed $28M.

Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes hung in at No. 2 with another $9.4M in Week 4 (-33%), raising its cume to $135.7M.

This week also saw a handful of more minor releases do decent business. Waitress the Musical pulled $3.2M from 1,214 locations; Poor Things, starring Emma Stone, totaled $644K from nine theaters (a $72K per theater average), and Ava DuVernay’s Origin collected $117K from two theaters.

Hopefully, the release of Wonka will liven things up this Friday.

Box Office Results: Domestic Top 10

1.) Boy and the Heron (GKIDS) 2205 theaters Fri $5.56M Sat $3.99M Sun $3.2M 3-day $12.8M/Wk 1

2.) Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (LG) 3,665 (-26) theaters Fri $2.7M (-34%) Sat $4M Sun $2.7M 3-day $9.4M (-33%) /Total $135.7M /Wk 4

3.) Godzilla Minus One (Toho) 2,540 (+232) theaters, Fri $2.26M (-52%) Sat $3.6M Sun $2.M 3-day $8.3M (-31%) /Total $25.3M /Wk 2

4.) Trolls Band Together (Uni) 3,451 (-165) theaters Fri $1.38M (-18%) Sat $2.8M Sun $2M 3-day $6.2M (-21%) Total $83M/Wk 4

5.) Wish (Dis) 3,410 (-490) theaters, Fri $1.16M (-28%) Sat $2.4M Sun $1.74M 3 day $5.3M (-30%), Total $49.4M/Wk 3

6.) Renaissance: A Film by Beyonce (AMC) 2,542 (+3) theaters, Fri $1.6M (-86%) Sat $2.1M Sun $1.3M 3-day $5M (-77%), Total $28M/Wk 2

7.) Napoleon (App/Sony) 3,350 (-150) theaters, Fri $1.175M (-44%) Sat $1.8M Sun $1.2M 3-day $4.2M (-42%), Total $53.1M/Wk 3

8.) Waitress (BST) 1,214 theaters, Thu/Fri $1.4M Sat $1M Sun $809K 3-day $3.2M/Wk 1

9.) Animal (Cine) 622 (-69) Theaters, Fri $744K Sat $994K Sun $537K 3-day $2.275M (-65%), Total $11.6M/Wk 2

10.) The Shift (Angel) 2,415 theaters, Fri $610K (-65%) Sat $860K Sun $690K 3-day $2.1M (-50%), Total $8.5M/Wk 2



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