Like last weekend, this one will be dominated by original films. Let’s take a moment to appreciate that, especially after a summer film season that, like recent summers, has had its share of prequels, sequels, and spin-offs of popular IP. The horror picture continues Paramount’s winning streak at the box office this year to smile beat expectations with an estimated opening weekend of $22 million, has any other studio been smarter to hedge their bets?
The film was originally slated for streaming, but after heavy test screenings, Paramount decided to bring it to theaters. Something similar happened with the recent word of mouth hit barbarianthe rare title from 20th Century Studios that parent company Disney decided to release theatrically after seeing potential.
With a budget of $17 million, to smile is led by Parker Finnand stars Sosie Bacon, Kyle Gallner, Jessie T Usher, Cal Penn, Caitlin Staseyand Rob Morgan. The studio used brilliant marketing techniques to create buzz for the film, which has clearly paid off. to smile received a modest B-CinemaScore from the opening day audience and Collider’s own Alyse Wax called it “a pleasant, scary ride”.
The film ousted last weekend’s champion, the director Olivia Wilde‘s psychological thriller don’t worry darling, which is expected to make $7.3 million in its second weekend. During the pre-release controversy and cast members Harry Styles’ The loyal fanbase guaranteed a solid start last week, the film’s not-so-glow reviews and a general sense of apathy are probably the main reasons for this weekend’s 62% drop. don’t worry darlingThe domestic running total is now a little under $33 million.
director Gina Prince Bythewood‘s well-reviewed historical drama, The Woman King, is expected to take third place at an estimated $7, down only 36%. The movie, with Viola Davis, reportedly cost $50 million to produce and has now earned over $46 million domestically. The buzz around awards will certainly help him in the long run. universal romantic comedy brothers, opened in fourth place with an estimated $4.8 million. Considering the studio was expecting a debut in the high single digits or low double digits, this can’t help but feel like a disappointing result for the warmly acclaimed film that stars it Billy Eichner and was directed by Nicholas Stoeller. That avatar Rounding out the top five with an estimated $4.7 million, the re-release proved once again that there is a loyal fanbase for the franchise, despite all the gossip about the series having no cultural impact. It also bodes well for December Avatar: The Way of Water.
India’s historical epic Ponniyin Selvan: I finished sixth on its debut weekend after an initial prediction of fifth place. The film will be shown in 500 locations and grossed an estimated $4.1 million in its three-day premiere. The director will be released next weekend David O Russell‘s star-studded time caper Amsterdam. You can watch our interview to smile Director Finn below, and stay tuned for more updates on Collider.
https://collider.com/smile-weekend-box-office-22-million/ Smile Weekend Box Office Brings In $22 Million