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Battle at the Box Office 3/13/23

Setting a new high for the franchise, Scream VI took the top spot at the box office over Oscar weekend.

Scream VI opened to $44.4 million, the biggest opening for the Scream series, topping the previous high mark set by Scream 3, which opened to $34.7 million in 2000.  The movie made $67 million worldwide.  Scream VI has also already made more than Scream 4 made in its entire domestic run, so either way, there’s apparently still plenty of life and box office dollars to make from the Scream franchise.  The movie got a B+ CinemaScore, which is usually fairly solid for a horror movie, although March is extremely competitive for the rest of the month with Shazam this coming weekend and then John Wick Chapter 4 and Dungeons & Dragons to round out the month.  We’ll have to see how Scream VI holds this coming weekend.

Creed III dropped to second place with another $27.2 million, bringing it to $101.4 million domestically and $179.4 million worldwide.  It’s the fifth highest-grossing movie in the Rocky franchise worldwide and seems like it could easily become the highest-grossing movie in the series domestically, unadjusted for inflation of course.

65 opened to $12.3 million amidst some truly devastating reviews from critics and audiences didn’t seem too hot on it either, giving it a C+ CinemaScore, which usually means that the audiences did not get what they wanted from the movie.  It was the fifth-highest opening for Adam Driver, behind the Star Wars sequel trilogy and House of Gucci.  65 has $20.8 million worldwide so far.

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania and Cocaine Bear rounded out the top 5, with the latter dropping 44% from last weekend’s opening.  Cocaine Bear made another $6.2 million, bringing it to $51.7 million domestically and $65.7 million worldwide.

Champions opened outside the top 10 in 6th place with $5.1 million.  That puts it between Ladybugs and The Sandlot if you are talking about the Sports Comedy genre and less than half of what 80 for Brady opened to recently, although they were aiming for different audiences.

Further down the list Operation Fortune barely stayed in the top 10, dropping just under 59% from last week’s already weak opening and making another $1.2 million and bringing it to $5.5 million domestic and $26.3 million.  It seems like it might have fared better coming to a streaming service directly, as was rumored earlier this year.

Scream VI took the Per Theater average as well, making $12,094 in each of the 3,675 theaters it was playing in over the weekend.

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