According to industry monitor Exhibitor Relations, the sci-fi comedy “Free Guy” fell but did not fall over the weekend, clinging to the top spot in North American movie theatres with a gross of $18.5 million.
The film is a fun yarn featuring Ryan Reynolds as an Everyman bank teller who discovers that he is a character in a massive video game and must save his buddies from being deleted.
The family-friendly “Free Guy” fell short of its $28 million opening weekend, but analysts said its performance was still excellent, especially with Covid-19 still looming over the industry and Tropical Storm Henri discouraging moviegoers in the US Northeast. So far, it has a strong global take of $112 million.
The new Paramount movie “Paw Patrol: The Movie” came in second, collecting $13.1 million from Friday to Sunday. Variety.com reported that it was a decent figure for a film geared at young children, who are still ineligible for Covid vaccinations.
The story of “Paw Patrol” revolves around a little kid named Ryder and the brave dogs who assist him in saving Adventure City from a colossally evil mayor.
At $6.3 million, Disney’s family adventure picture “Jungle Cruise” took third place. Its plot – well, let’s just say it’s based on a theme park ride.
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Sony’s horror sequel “Don’t Breathe 2” earned $5.1 million in its second weekend. It centres around a game of mass murder perpetrated by a blind soldier and stars Stephen Lang, who has what the website Rotten Tomatoes describe as a “thrillingly imposing presence.”
With $3.8 million, United Artists’ biopic “Respect” came in fifth place. Jennifer Hudson is a Grammy, Golden Globe, and Oscar winner.
According to the Washington Post, her portrayal is a “creative, even spiritual, mind-meld that sends a chill down the spine and a catch in the throat.”
The following movies rounded out the top ten:
“The Suicide Squad” ($3.4 million) is a film directed by David Ayer.
“The Protégé” ($2.9 million).
“The Night House” ($2.9 million).
“Reminiscence” is a $2 million film.
“Old” ($1.1 million).