While movie theater ticket sales have yet to fully recover from the pandemic, at least one movie studio has good reason to celebrate this Independence Day weekend in America.
Universal Pictures films conquered the top three positions at the national box office: “F9,” “The Boss Baby: Family Business” and “The Forever Purge,” according to the study’s own calculations published on Sunday. It’s the first time this has happened to Universal since 1989, when it had “Sea of Love,” “Parenthood,” and “Uncle Buck” topping the charts and the first time it’s happened to any studio since 2005.
As anticipated from the “Fast & Furious” sequel, “F9,” it held the top spot for its second weekend in North American theaters. The film added about $ 24 million over the weekend and is expected to gross $ 32.7 million by the end of Monday, for a national total of $ 125.8 million. Globally, “F9” is likely to break the $ 500 million mark by Monday.
Second, the animated sequel to “Boss Baby” beat expectations by debuting with $ 17.3 million over the weekend, which is projected to rise to $ 23.1 million on Monday. In “The Boss Baby: Family Business” Alex Baldwin voices the sophisticated infant.
Third, Blumhouse’s latest adventure, “The Forever Purge,” is anticipated to raise $ 12.8 million in tickets through Sunday and $ 15.9 million over the four-day weekend, lengthened by the US holiday. which was held on Sunday.
Although the three films share a studio, they are of very different genres and with a very different viewer base: an action film for teens and adults, a horror film with restricted access, and a family film suitable for children. Almost half of the audience for “The Boss Baby 2”, for example, is under 12 years old, while 65% of the audience for “The Forever Purge” is in the 18 to 34 age range and is also ethnically diverse.
While it’s unconventional for a large studio to release two big movies on the same weekend, Universal’s director of national distribution Jim Orr said they simply saw an opportunity and historically have been very successful on Memorial Day weekend. Independence.
“This weekend is just a great look at what we’re constantly doing, which is offering cinema audiences a very diverse lineup of quality movies,” Orr said. “The results speak for themselves”.
Here are the estimated figures for tickets sold from Friday to Sunday in theaters in the United States and Canada, according to the Comscore firm. Final figures will be released on Monday.
1. “F9”, $ 24 million.
2. “The Boss Baby: Family Business”, 17.4 millones.
3. “The Forever Purge”, 12.8 millones.
4. “A Quiet Place Part II”, 4.2 million.
5. “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”, 3 millones.
6. “Cruella”, 2.6 million.
7. “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway”, 2.3 millones.
8. “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It”, 1.3 millones.
9. “In the Heights”, 1.3 millones.
10. “Zola”, 1.2 million.