In holdover news for the Friday box office, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness earned another $4.42 million (-48%) to bring its 22-day domestic total up to $358.8 million. We can expect a $16.7 million (-48%) third-weekend gross and a $21.5 million Fri-Mon haul for a new cume of $375 million by Monday. That’ll push it past The Batman ($370 million) to become the year’s biggest domestic grosser, even if that benchmark may be challenged by both Jurassic World: Dominion and Top Gun: Maverick.
For the record, even if the MCU sequel ends up third at the domestic box office for the summer, that doesn’t make it any less of a big hit. We’re still talking about a Doctor Strange sequel that’s going to earn just a little less than Iron Man 3 ($409 million in 2013) and Captain America: Civil War ($408 million). If it maintains a 42.4/57.6 domestic/overseas split, it’ll be at around $885 million global by Monday night.
Focus Features’ Downton Abbey: A New Era took a demographic hit from Top Gun: Maverick. It earned $1.81 million (-76%) for a likely $6.41 million (-60%) weekend, $8.2 million holiday haul and $30.8 million 11-day domestic total. Granted, that’s about what the first Downton Abbey grossed on its Fri-Sun opening weekend in September of 2019, but I’d also argue that Downton Abbey 2 is one of those sequels that “disappoints” by performing only about as well as what we expected from the first film.
DreamWorks and Universal’s The Bad Guys earned $1.23 million (-16%) on Friday for a likely $4.94 million (-20%) sixth weekend and $6.6 million holiday gross. That’ll give the $80 million animated heist comedy an $83.34 million domestic cume as it races to $200 million global. This despite being concurrently available on PVOD for the last few weeks. It’s not the next Croods or How to Train Your Dragon, but it will do.
A24’s Everything, Everywhere All at Once earned another $692,625 (-22%) on its tenth Friday, pushing its domestic cume past the $55 million mark. The Michelle Yeoh-starring multiverse fantasy should earn $2.49 million (-21%) over the weekend and $3.22 million for the holiday for a new $57.54 million domestic cume. It’s already A24’s biggest domestic earner and has now passed Lady Gaga’s House of Gucci ($53 million) to surpass every one of last year’s Oscar season releases save for Dune ($108 million).
Paramount and Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 dropped on Paramount+ and priced-to-buy VOD this week, but it still earned $670,000 (-28%) for a likely $2.71 million (-34%) weekend It should earn $3.57 million over the holiday weekend for a new $186.2 million domestic cume. If it continues likewise overseas, the $110 million video game sequel should have around $385 million worldwide by Monday night.
Paramount’s The Lost City earned $400,000 (-5%) on its tenth Friday, clearly benefiting from some Top Gun: Maverick drive-in double-bills. The Sandra Bullock/Channing Tatum rom-com adventure passed $100 million domestic on Friday and will earn $1.6 million (-2%) for the weekend and $1.98 million for the holiday for a $102 million domestic total.
A24 and Alex Garland’s Men earned $379,737 (-73%) on its second Friday, setting the stage for a $1.32 million (-59%) weekend, $1.71 million holiday gross and $6.453 million 11-day domestic total. Well, they can’t all be Ari Aster’s Hereditary. Heck, they can’t all be Ti West’s X, which topped out at $11 million which is pretty good for a 1970’s slasher flick set on a porn set.
Universal and Blumhouse’s Firestarter earned $79,000 (-86%) on its third Friday as it lost 2,414 theaters. The Stephen King re-adaption/remake will earn $283,000 (-86%) over the weekend and $344,000 over the holiday for an $8.175 million 18-day cume. Well, uh, The Black Phone is terrific! Meanwhile, Robert Eggers’ The Northman will top $34 million by Monday and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent will pass $20 million domestic.