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Battle at the Box Office 5/22/23

Fast X exploded into theaters this past weekend and while the domestic opening could be considered soft, the international opening proved there is still plenty of gas in the tank of the franchise.

Fast X opened domestically to $67 million, which continues the franchise’s downward slope since Furious 7, the biggest movie in the franchise both domestically and worldwide.  Fast X opened about $3 million behind F9: The Fast Saga and was seventh for opening weekends in the franchise.  It was the fifth biggest opening domestically of the year so far.  The real story is international though, as Fast X had the biggest international debut of the year with $251.39.  The movie made $78.3 million in China and has a worldwide total so far of $318.5 million.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 dropped to second place but continued to hold well, only dropping another 48% from last weekend and making another $31.9 million, bringing it to $266.5 million total domestically and $659.1 million worldwide.  It’s the second-highest-grossing movie domestically for the year and the third-biggest movie worldwide.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie dropped to third place with another $9.6 million.  It now has $549 million domestically and $1.249 billion worldwide.  It is 14th on the all-time domestic box office chart and 21 on the all-time worldwide chart.

Book Club: The Next Chapter and Evil Dead Rise rounded out the top 5.  Book Club: The Next Chapter dropped 55% from last weekend with another $3 million, bringing it to $13.1 million domestically so far.

Hypnotic plummeted down to 8th place in its second weekend, dropping 66% from last weekend’s already terrible opening and making less than $1 million, putting it at only $4 million for two weeks out.  It has basically no international release and it’s going to cost distributor Ketchup Entertainment a huge chunk of change.  Love Again also collapsed, getting pulled from 1,460 and barely staying in the top 10 in its third week, taking 10th place with just $405,000, getting beaten by Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves in its 8th weekend of release.

Fast X also took the Per Theater average for the weekend, making $16,564 in each of the 4,046 theaters it played in.

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