Argyle beats Lisa Frankenstein to take top spot in slow Super Bowl weekend

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, lisa frankenstein The horror comedy failed to live up to the North American box office in its first weekend in theaters. diablo cody and starring katherine newton And cole sprouse Sunday, earning $3.8 million, according to studio estimates. It started very slowly in second place super bowl weekendBehind the spy thriller “for argie,
Matthew VaughnK.’s “Argyle” took first place with only $6.5 million, bringing its total domestic gross over two weekends to $28.8 million. The $200 million production is Apple’s first major theatrical flop. Universal Pictures oversaw the North American release for the streamer, where it is playing in 3,605 locations. Globally, it has grossed $60.1 million to date.

Focus Features released “Lisa Frankenstein” in 3,144 locations. The 1980s teen story based on Mary Shelley’s classic story, “Lisa Frankenstein”, was the directorial debut of Zelda Williams, Robin Williams’ daughter. Overall reviews were mixed to negative, with a 49% on Rotten Tomatoes. AP’s Mark Kennedy wrote in his review that it was “a real monster – cobbled together from previous films, painfully incoherent and deeply, deeply dumb.”

According to exit figures, the audience was mostly female (61%) and under the age of 35 (71%). But despite the low opening weekend, the production budget was also a relatively modest $13 million.
The film is based in the same universe as “Jennifer’s Body”, which was written by Cody and directed by Karyn Kusama. The film was disappointed by critics and audiences upon its release in 2009, but has gained appreciation and popularity over the past 15 years.
,beekeeper” rose to third place with an additional $3.5 million in its fifth weekend. The faith-based series “The Chosen”, showing the first three episodes of its fourth season, remained in fourth place with $3.2 million, while “Wonka” made $3.1. Remained in the top five with million.

Overall, it’s likely to be the slowest weekend so far this year, with an industry-wide $40 million down about 25% from last year. The big football game isn’t entirely to blame either — in years before the pandemic, that same weekend was able to generate more than $75 million. In 2009, Liam Neeson The film “Taken” competed with the Super Bowl and grossed $24.7 million. And in 2015, “American Sniper” brought in $30.7 million.
But this year is different. ComScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian attributes this to several factors, including the unparalleled focus on this year’s games, which he said “has become the center of attention for the entertainment world.”
“There was only one new film and there is very little momentum in this film market,” he said. “It should be no surprise that, at least in the modern era, this is the lowest-grossing Super Bowl weekend we’ve seen.”
Dergarabedian said: “I don’t think anyone wants to take the risk of releasing a big release this weekend.”
There are two big movies coming to theaters this week, “Bob Marley: One Love” and “Madame Web,” but things aren’t likely to pick up much until “Dune: Part Two” opens on March 1.
“It’s the natural ebb and flow of things for theaters,” Dergarabedian said. “The box office will be fine.”
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. “Argyle,” $6.5 million.
2. “Lisa Frankenstein,” $3.8 million.
3. “The Beekeeper,” $3.5 million.
4. “The Chosen One,” $3.2 million.
5. “Wonka,” $3.1 million
6. “Migration,” $3 million.
7. “Anybody But You,” $2.7 million.
8. “Mean Girls,” $1.9 million.
9. “American Fiction,” $1.3 million.
10. “Poor Things,” $1.1 million.

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