‘Amsterdam’ fails box office, ‘Smile’ beats ‘Lyle Lyle Crocodile’

David O. Russell’s star-studded period drama “Amsterdam” flopped on its box office debut, earning an anemic $6.5 million from 3,005 North American theaters. The film, which cost $80 million to produce, couldn’t overcome poor reviews and minimal buzz and is shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest duds.

This weekend’s other newcomer, “Lyle Lyle Crocodile,” also fell short of expectations, albeit to a lesser extent, with $11.5 million from 4,350 theaters during its weekend. opening end. However, Sony’s family-friendly animated film, an adaptation of the popular children’s book about an anthropomorphic (singing!) reptile voiced by Shawn Mendes, won’t be as painful for the studio given its $50 million price tag. .

There’s one undeniable silver lining to the otherwise lackluster weekend at the box office, and that’s Paramount’s chilling thriller “Smile.” The film, starring Sosie Bacon, managed to retain its crown with an impressive $17.6 million in its second weekend in theaters. Thanks to positive word-of-mouth, ticket sales for “Smile” are down just 22% since its debut – a stellar take for a horror movie. The film has grossed $49.8 million to date, marking another win for Paramount in 2022. The studio also scored with “Top Gun: Maverick,” “The Lost City,” “Scream” and “Sonic the Hedgehog.” 2″.

“Amsterdam,” which ranked third at the box office behind “Smile” and “Lyle Lyle Crocodile,” also failed overseas with $3.5 million from 30 international territories. A $10 million departure is painful for five-time Oscar nominee Russell, as well as Disney and 20th Century, who backed the film.

At one point, the brilliant historical epic – starring Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington and Taylor Swift – looked set to be an Oscar player dripping with commercial appeal. A few weeks earlier, pre-release tracking indicated that “Amsterdam” could open between $17 million and $20 million. But those projections were revised down after the film nabbed 33% on Rotten Tomatoes. Over the weekend, it landed a lackluster “B” CinemaScore, signaling that it wasn’t just critics who were ambivalent towards “Amsterdam.” In any case, these ratings do not bode well for word of mouth.

“It’s a weak opening,” says David A. Gross, who runs film consultancy Franchise Entertainment Research. “The weekend figure is below average for a crime mystery, and reviews are poor.”

Audiences were most fond of “Lyle Lyle Crocodile,” which holds an “A-” CinemaScore. It’s been a tough year for movies aimed at younger audiences. Aside from “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” most kid-friendly movies haven’t logged at the box office.

“Family titles have been thin this year; it’s an underserved market,” says Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research. “But moviegoers aren’t thrilled with this crocodile.”

“The Woman King” and “Don’t Worry Darling” took fourth and fifth place respectively on the domestic box office charts. “The Woman King,” starring Viola Davis, raked in $5.3 million from 3,342 sites in its fourth weekend of release, losing just 24% and bringing its total to $54.1 million. Director Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling” added $3.4 million in its third weekend, a 50% drop from its previous run. The film, which has polarized critics and audiences, has amassed $38 million to date.

Elsewhere, Billy Eichner’s romantic comedy ‘Bros’ failed to bounce back on its second outing despite positive reviews. The film dropped to seventh place with $2.1 million from 3,356 theaters, a 56% drop since its debut. So far, “Bros” has grossed $8.8 million.

In sixth place, the re-release of Disney and 20th Century Avatar continued to impress with $2.6 million from 2,040 theaters. After three weeks back on the big screen, James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi blockbuster has grossed $23.3 million in North America and $71.9 million worldwide. It’s a dazzling result for a 13-year-old film, and one that certainly has optimistic box office audiences for ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ which opens in December.

And while “Amsterdam” did little to attract adult crowds, the specialist box office was buzzing thanks to director Todd Fields’ drama “Tár” and Palme d’Or winner “Triangle of Sadness”. ‘Gold by Ruben Östlund.

Focus Features distributes “Tár,” which grossed $160,000 at four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, averaging $40,000 per location. The film, which appears to be in the hunt for awards, particularly for Cate Blanchett’s top-notch performance as a world-renowned bandleader plagued by cancel culture, will expand to 30 new theaters in the next few days.

“The opening results for ‘Tár’ are wonderful as we begin to bring this incredible film led by Cate Blanchett’s tour de force to theatrical audiences across the country,” said Focus Distribution President Lisa Bunnell. Features. “Our film’s opening and overall turnout for adult films this weekend is a promising sign that bodes well for the industry as a whole as we navigate the fall season.”

“Triangle of Sadness,” a satire on the ultra-rich, grossed $210,074 from 10 locations, translating to a solid $21,007 per theater.

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