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Box Office Report: There's a Vampire on the Boat!

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | August 14, 2023 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | August 14, 2023 |


Ryan Gosling Margot Robbie Getty.jpg

There are a couple of bigger movies with August releases still awaiting their premieres this month, and I’m sure those studios are glad that Barbie has had a solid month ahead of them so they won’t have to fully compete with the second highest-grossing film of 2023 so far. This past weekend, however, pink still reigns supreme. Greta Gerwig’s Barbie made $33.7 million in its fourth week of release, bringing its domestic total to over $526.3 million. The only film that has made more cash, both domestically and worldwide, is The Super Mario Bros. Movie. That movie is still playing in theaters too, albeit to much smaller numbers, but if Barbie wants to overtake it, it still needs about $175 million to get the job done. Can they find that cash? I don’t see why not. This film has legs and major re-watch value.

The same can be said for Oppenheimer, which jumped back into the number two spot in its fourth week of release with an overall domestic gross of over $264.2 million. The film has reportedly seen big numbers for IMAX and 35/70mm special screenings, which will no doubt make Tom Cruise cranky since Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One sadly isn’t pulling in anywhere near the same numbers. They’re not alone in terms of blockbuster IPs struggling to earn audience interest, as evidenced by Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny only having $172.6 million domestically despite a reported budget of $300 million. Seriously, maybe films shouldn’t be so expensive nowadays.

The sole major release of the weekend was the horror film The Last Voyage of the Demeter, based on a chapter from Dracula. With mixed reviews, it earned $6.5 million from 2,715 theatres. The indie sci-fi comedy Jules, which follows a group of elderly friends who discover an alien, grossed $834,450 from 780 cinemas. French drama Between Two Worlds brought in $6,360 from two locations, while the Japanese film Love Life made $2,100 from one cinema.

This coming week sees the release of DC’s Blue Beetle, the raunchy animal movie (?) Strays, and the comedy Back on the Strip.

You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.