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Box Office Report: Furious

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | May 28, 2024 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | May 28, 2024 |


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Ouch.

As we’ve talked about numerous times before on this here Box Office Report, when it comes down to an R-rated action title versus a family-friendly cartoon, the latter almost always comes out on top. This weekend, however, it was a tough-fought battle between Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga and The Garfield Movie, and George Miller’s dieselpunk prequel made it to number one in a close finish. But overall, the numbers aren’t great for either movie. Furiosa only brought in $32 million domestically over the four-day weekend, compared to the $31.1 million of Garfield.

Furiosa may have earned good reviews and is the latest addition to the Mad Max franchise, but it’s proven a tougher sell to audiences than many anticipated. After all, Mad Max: Fury Road wasn’t just great: it’s one of the undisputed greatest films of the 21st century. But it’s worth remembering that it also wasn’t a runaway box office success when it premiered in 2015. It didn’t break even. It found its audience after the Oscars, one could argue. But still, Furiosa had action, explosions, car chases, an Australian Chris, and some of the stronger reviews for a 2024 blockbuster. It follows a trend of hyped, easily marketable tentpole releases this year that failed to take off. It’s not a fun trend.

The Garfield Movie also didn’t live up to expectations, but it only cost about $60 million to make (compared to the reported $168 million budget of Furiosa) and has already earned its money back with its earlier international releases.

At number seven is Sight, a biographical drama from Angel Studios — yes, the Sound of Freedom people — about a Chinese eye surgeon. It earned over $3.6 million from 2,100 theatres.

This week sees the release of the comedy Summer Camp, the horror In a Violent Nature, and the anime movie Haikyuu!! The Dumpster Battle (they added two exclamation points, not me.)

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