The measure of box office success during the COVID-19 pandemic has changed somewhat, with one of the key new metrics being a movie’s drop rate on the second weekend.
Many films that have opened well saw their numbers drop on their second weekend with drops of 60 to 70%. That’s not the case with the Ryan Reynolds-led flick which held its ground with a mere 34% drop in its second weekend grossing $ 18.8 million.
This is the smallest drop of all movie openings with over $ 10 million in the era of the pandemic. It currently sports a national ten-day total of $ 58.8 million.
Abroad, it also raised $ 17.1 million in 46 markets and will close on Sunday with a world total of $ 111.9 million. “Free Guy” marks an exclusive theatrical release before a Disney + premiere at the end of September / beginning of October.
The only real competition this week was Paramount’s ‘PAW Patrol: The Movie’ which opened at $ 13 million better than expected nationally – even with the film also debuting day and date on the Paramount + service. .
The CG animated film about dog heroes also grossed an additional $ 12.8 million this weekend internationally and now sits at $ 34.5 million worldwide.
“Jungle Cruise” remained in third place with an additional $ 6.2 million and combined world gross of $ 173.7 million so far. “Don’t Breathe 2” whispered fourth with $ 5 million, “Respect” was fifth at $ 3.8 million and “The Suicide Squad” was sixth at $ 3.4 million.
Seventh through ninth were occupied by three newcomers who all bombed upon arrival with all just over $ 2 million – Martin Campbell’s mixed review of “The Protege,” the well-reviewed horror tale “The Night House And the Hugh Jackman-led mixed review of the science fiction “Reminiscence” which is also available on HBO Max.
Source : THR