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Box Office Report: Hypnotizing

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | May 15, 2023 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | May 15, 2023 |


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A nearly 49% drop in attendance from its opening week didn’t stop Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 from staying at the top of the box office. That’s a strong audience hold in its second week given that superhero films often see pretty major drops after their premiere. Both Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania saw their numbers decline by nearly 70% with the sophomore slump. Disney will be hoping that number stays steady as the movie faces major competition this month from Fast X and The Little Mermaid. It benefits from having far stronger reviews than the last Marvel Studios movie in cinemas this 2023, at least.

The counterprogramming didn’t set the box office alight this past weekend, alas. Book Club: The Next Chapter debuted at number three with $6.5 million from 3,508 theatres, which is a step down from its small but mighty predecessor. But it fared better than Ben Affleck’s Hypnotic, which debuted at number six with a paltry $2.355 million from 2,118 theatres. Ouch.

There were a fair few limited releases this weekend. Knights of the Zodiac, an adaptation of the manga Saint Seiya, earned $535,000 from 586 theaters. Behind it is Blackberry, the tech biopic starring Glenn Howerton, with $473,000 from 450 locations. Then behind that is Charlie Day’s comedy Fool’s Paradise, with $433,140 from 784 cinemas. A big weekend for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans.

The drama Monica grossed $26,500 from two theatres, while The Starling Girl, starring Eliza Scanlan, brought in $24,736 from four locations.

This coming week sees the release of Vin Diesel’s Citizen Kane, but with more explosions: Fast X.

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