‘The Northman’ $ 1.4M, ‘Bad Guys’ $ 1.1M, Nicolas Cage Satire $ 835K In Thursday Previews – Deadline

Friday early afternoon update: Universal / Dreamworks Animation’s The Bad Guys is looking to win the weekend with $ 21.5Mwhile the studio’s sister label Focus Features’ The Northman is coming in at the top of projections with $ 12.4M in the fourth place. Bad Guys is eyeing close to $ 7M today at 4,008, while Northman is spotting $ 5M at 3,231.

There’s a fight for second between Warner Bros. ‘ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with $ 15M- $ 16M for the weekend. Dumbledore is in weekend 2 and could see its running total rise to $ 69M at 4,245 sites, while Sonic is headed for north of $ 145M in weekend 3 at 3,809 venues.

Lionsgate’s The Unbearable Weight of Massive is looking to come forward with its $ 5M- $ 7M projection with at least $ 3M today and between $ 8M- $ 9M for the weekend. Again, these figures could fluctuate by tomorrow AM, but that’s how it looks right now.

(LR) “The Good Guys,” “The Northman” and “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent”
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FRIDAY AM UPDATE: Universal had the most boast about hitting the box office Thursday night, hitting the 18-34 arthouse demo with Robert Eggers’ Focus Features Viking epic, The Northman, which drew $ 1.35M In previews, and families with DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys, which made $ 1.15M.

Lionsgate’s Nicolas Cage satire The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent made $ 835K in pre-opening grosses. That number includes paid screenings from last week as well as previews that started at 6PM last night. All three movies have solid reviews and are certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes: Northman (89%), Bad Guys (86%) and Unbearable (89%). That should convince enough to spur non-frequent moviegoers into going to one of these three movies, however, Unbearable might come up short.

Sonic 2 The Secrets Of Dumbledore

‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2,’ left and ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’
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Despite the onslaught of wide release fare, it is expected that either Warner Bros. ‘ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore in its second weekend or Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in its third weekend take no. 1 with $ 18M- $ 20M a piece. It won’t be shocking to see The Bad Guys The muscle in its way is there despite the fact that pre-release tracking is the animated pic at $ 15M; The movie booked at 4,000 locations. Last night’s previews for The Bad Guys started at 5PM in 3,000 locations.

Dumbledore took 2nd place to Sonic 2 on Monday and Wednesday. The lackluster audience response is believed to be impacting Dumbledore‘s traction. Last night the Warner Bros. sequel made an estimated $ 1.93M to Sonic 2‘s $ 1.9MGeneral Chat Chat Lounge Fantastic Beasts 3 ends the week with an estimated $ 53.1M at 4,208 to Sonic 2‘s $ 41M at 4,258. The latter’s running total is $ 130.6M, which is 16% ahead of the two-week cume Sonic the Hedgehog back in 2020.

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Northman, Which was co-financed by New Regency, is expected to make $ 8M- $ 12M At 3,223 theaters, which is low for a movie that costs $ 70M net. Focus has been supporting the movie widely with TV spots. Northman‘s Thursday is ahead of the Tuesday night previews of MGM / UAR’s House of Gucci ($ 1.3M), another adult skewing wide release, and next to pre-pandemic titles, male-leaning, the Eggers movie is ahead of Warner Bros. ‘ action comedy War Dogs which did $ 1.25M and opened to $ 14.6M in late August 2016.

Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Expect to find an audience. Tracking this one is in the $ 5M- $ 7M range, which is a sad start for a movie that played like gangbusters out of its SXSW world premiere. The pic costs $ 30M before P&A, and Lionsgate held this one for theatrical rather than sell it during the pandemic. The comedy is playing at 3,036 theaters and opens 40 regions across the country including France, Australia, Benelux and the UK. Pre-opening money is higher than UAR’s Wrath of Man Which did $ 500K and an $ 8.3M opening, and Lionsgate’s past Moonfall Which did $ 700K and a $ 9.8M opening.

Elsewhere on Thursday night: A24’s Everything Everywhere All At Once made an estimated $ 873K In third at 2,220 taking its four-week running total $ 21.4MGeneral Chat Chat Lounge The movie, as we told you yesterday, is bound to become the fourth-highest New York-based indie studio with an ultimate stateside ending at about $ 28M.

Paramount’s The Lost City at 3,430 theaters posted an estimated $ 550K for a fourth week near $ 9M and a running total of $ 81M.

In fifth place was Sony’s Father Stu at 2,705 venues, which grossed $ 542K Yesterday for a first week of $ 8.2M and running total of $ 10.5M.

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