Tom Holland’s latest adventure ‘Uncharted’ tops box office
By Lindsey Bahr | Associated press
Tom Holland may be without his Spider-Man suit in ‘Uncharted,’ but his latest action-adventure is still doing big business at the North American box office.
The video game adaptation starring Holland and Mark Wahlberg is on track to earn $51 million over the Presidents’ Day long weekend, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Sony Pictures estimated that its Friday-Sunday receipts would be $44.2 million, which would put it in first place.
While it’s not superhero payday, it’s enough for the industry to breathe a sigh of relief as it’s the biggest opening weekend since ‘Spider-Man’. : No Way Home”. The weekend’s other new release, “Dog” also found a modest following and landed in second place.
Audience unpredictability in the pandemic era made “Uncharted” a bit of a wild card, and poor reviews from critics sent it into the weekend with cautious optimism. The photo directed by Ruben Fleischer, based on a PlayStation game, opened on 4,275 screens.
“This result is another extraordinary testament to the appetite for the theatrical experience that Sony Pictures has bet on,” said Josh Greenstein, president of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, in a statement.
Sony also released the megahit “Spider-Man: No Way Home” exclusively in theaters late last year. This Holland-led venture has now earned over $770.1 million in North America and is the third-largest domestic release of all time.
“Tom Holland is a megastar, whether he’s Peter Parker or Nathan Drake,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “For many actors who have played superheroes, getting out of that role and having big box office success outside of that is a tough task.”
“Uncharted” has some way to go to make up its $120 million production budget, which will likely be more than offset by overseas revenue. Its worldwide total has already surpassed $100 million, and unlike “Spider-Man,” “Uncharted” will also get a Chinese release, starting March 14.
Channing Tatum’s “Dog,” which he co-directed (with longtime producing partner Reid Carolin) and stars in, also hit 3,677 screens over the weekend. United Artists estimates he will earn $15.1 million for the weekend and $18.1 million including Monday. Tatum plays an army ranger tasked with driving a traumatized military dog from Oregon to Arizona for his master’s funeral in the film, which was well received by critics and audiences. Moreover, its manufacture only cost about 15 million dollars.
The PostTrak survey shows that the opening weekend audience for “Dog” was 53% over the age of 35 and 54% was female.
“Having two movies doing really strong business makes 2019 feel like it’s starting again,” Dergarabedian said.
In its second weekend, Kenneth Branagh’s “Death on the Nile” landed in fourth place with $6.3 million, behind “Spider-Man,” while “Jackass Forever” took fifth place with $5.2 million.
According to Dergarabedian, this weekend’s momentum should be the “perfect preparation” for Warner Bros.’ already highly anticipated release. “The Batman” on March 4.
“Think of all the people in the theater this weekend being exposed to movie trailers,” Dergarabedian said. “This is great news for ‘The Batman’.”
Estimated Friday-Sunday ticket sales at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final national figures will be released on Monday.
- “Uncharted,” $44.2 million.
- “Dog,” $15.1 million.
- “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” $7.2 million.
- “Death on the Nile”, 6.3 million dollars.
- “Jackass Forever,” $5.2 million.
- “Marry Me,” $3.7 million.
- “Sing 2,” $2.8 million.
- “Scream,” $2 million.
- “Blacklight,” $1.8 million.
- “The cursed,” $1.7 million.
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