‘Wonka’ again leads the box office, ‘Night Swim’ remains in second place

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“Night Swim,” a supernatural thriller created by horror masters Jason Blum and James Wan, reached second place in its debut. Marked as the first nationwide release of the year, the film grossed a modest $12 million from 3,200 North American theaters.

Those ticket sales were not enough to overtake “Wonka”, which regained first place with $14.4 million in its fourth weekend of release. “Night Swim” failed to make a splash at the international box office with only $5.7 million from 36 markets, bringing its global gross to $17.7 million. The film cost $15 million, so it doesn’t set a high standard for profitability.

This is probably a relief for Universal as neither audiences nor critics were fond of “Night Swim”, which holds a disappointing 27% on Rotten Tomatoes and reached a “C” CinemaScore. It is the story of a family who discovers that the swimming pool in the backyard of their new home is haunted by a supernatural presence. “Night Swim” marks the first release from Blum’s Blumhouse (“Five Nights at Freddy’s,” “Paranormal Activity”) and Wan’s Atomic Monster (“The Conjuring,” “Saw”) since the two horror giants officially teamed up in January. Had merged his companies. 2.

David A., who runs the movie consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research. Gross says, “Critics’ reviews and audience scores have been weak, but that’s not unusual for this genre.” “Blumhouse is always disciplined with their budgets, so ‘Night Swim’ should be profitable.”

January is one of the slowest months of the year at the box office, and 2024 is proving to be no different. After a weak holiday season, “Wonka” has been the only Christmastime release to hold up at the box office. The Warner Bros. musical comedy, starring Timothée Chalamet as the eccentric titular chocolatier, has grossed $164.6 million so far.

Universal and Illumination’s animated comedy “Migration” ranked No. 3 with 10.5 million from 3,712 spots. After three weeks of release, the film – about a family of ducks who get lost while heading south for the winter – has grossed $78 million in North America and $150 million worldwide. “Migration” cost $70 million to make, so while it may not have been the studio’s first choice for a sequel, it looks like the film is ready to bail itself out of trouble.

Warner Bros. and DC’s comic book sequel “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” took fourth place with $10.6 million. The $205 million-budgeted tentpole performed dramatically below expectations and ultimately crossed $100 million domestically after three weeks of release. (Most superhero movies hope to hit that benchmark on their opening weekend.) It grossed $99 million domestically and $266 million globally, ultimately surpassing “The Flash,” “The Marvels” and “Ant. -Man’s End” is the equivalent of a comic book disappointment. Wasp: Quantumania.

Sony’s R-rated comedy “Anyone But You” rounded out the top five with $9.5 million from 3,055 theaters, a rare 9% increase in ticket sales over the previous weekend. The film, which cost $25 million and starred Sidney Sweeney and Glen Powell, has grossed a cool $43.7 million after three weeks on the big screen.

Elsewhere, A24’s sports drama “The Iron Claw” crossed the $20 million mark at the domestic box office. It is one of the few R-rated dramas to reach that threshold in 2023, joining the company of “Priscilla” and “Air” as well as titles like “Killers of the Flower Moon” and “Oppenheimer.” Is. The film – which stars Zac Efron and Jeremy Allen White as members of the Von Erich family, a dynasty of professional wrestlers who suffered from multiple tragedies – has grossed $24.3 million to date. Its cost was 16 million dollars.

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