“Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” Kills At Box-Office

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Action-comedy “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” took the top spot at U.S. box office this weekend – debuting with $11.6 million for the three day and $17 million from its Wednesday opening.

That’s slightly ahead of the $15 million five-day projections that were being touted last week for this sequel to the 2017 action-comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”.

With a production budget of $70 million and around $25-30 million in P&A spending, the movie will need a decent run to turn a profit. Unfortunately, it’s likely to be steamrolled over next week with the arrival of “F9”.

Paramount’s “A Quiet Place Part II” slid to second place with $9.4 million – just a 22% drop from the weekend prior and currently sitting on a strong $125 million domestic and just over $200 million globally to date.

The other big question this weekend was how both musical “In the Heights” and kids film “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” would fare following disappointing debuts last week. The answer is not good.

‘Heights’ plunged to sixth place with a $4.3 million haul – a major 62% decline, while ‘Rabbit’ fell 40% and came in fourth with $6.1 million. The latter at least has generated some decent overseas business, the former isn’t expected to get much traction outside the Unites States whilst domestically it’s expected to finish shy of $30 million.

“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” came in third with another $5.11 million for a $53.6 million domestic total. Globally that film has made $142.8 million off a $39 million budget and is well into profit.

Disney’s “Cruella” is also holding strong, while “Godzilla vs. Kong” has become the second COVID-era release to cross the $100 million mark at the domestic box office. That movie has been a strong success everywhere and currently sits on a robust $442 million global total.

The indie film releases scored little traction – Edgar Wright’s music documentary “The Sparks Brothers” snagging just $265,000, while a Rita Moreno doco made $75,715. Both those films had strong reviews.

Source: Variety

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