Amazon and MGM’s The Beekeeper debuted in second place with an estimated US$16.8 million from 3,303 theatres. Men made up approximately 62 per cent of ticket buyers and audiences overall gave it a B+ CinemaScore. By the end of the four-day weekend, the studio expects it to have made US$19.1 million. Miramax handled the international distribution for The Beekeper, which also grossed US$20.4 million from 49 territories.
Third place went to Wonka, which added US$8.4 million in its fifth weekend. The Timothée Chalamet-led musical has now made over US$178 million domestically and US$500 million globally.
The Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell romantic comedy Anyone But You, a Sony release, is turning into a bit of a sleeper success as well, making nearly US$7 million in its fourth weekend. By Monday, its domestic total should be around US$56.5 million. Universal and Illumination’s Migration rounded out the top five with US$6.2 million in its fourth weekend.
Not everything landed this weekend, though. The Book of Clarence, a faith-based comedy/drama with a starry, ensemble cast including LaKeith Stanfield, Omar Sy, RJ Cyler, David Oyelowo, Alfre Woodard and Teyana Taylor is not off to a promising start. The Legendary Pictures release opened to an estimated US$2.6 million from just over 2,000 locations.
Written and directed by the British singer-songwriter Jeymes Samuel (stage name The Bullitts), it was self-consciously styled after Golden Age biblical epics like The Ten Commandments. It has also gotten mixed reviews, with 68 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes and a B CinemaScore.
The Walt Disney Co sent its 2020 Pixar film Soul to movie theatres this weekend as well, where it made US$429,000 from 1,350 locations in North America. It’s the first of several Pixar movies, including Luca and Turning Red, that Disney is bringing to theatres this winter after all had streaming-only releases on Disney+ during the pandemic.
Hollywood’s awards season is also in full swing, and though many top contenders are already available to watch at home, some are still rolling out in theaters and hoping to capitalise on new nominations and awards shows like last weekend’s Golden Globes. Poor Things, which was a big winner, added US$1.8 million from only 580 theatres. All Of Us Strangers took in US$474,000 from 120 screens. American Fiction expanded nationwide and made US$1.9 million from 625 screens. The Zone Of Interest, playing on 25 screens, also crossed US$1 million.