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Lionsgate and Millennium Media’s action-comedy sequel The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard targeted a No. 1 finish at the Father’s Day weekend box office with $11.7 million domestically from 3,331 theaters for a five-day start of $17 million.
Still, the movie will need long legs to break even, considering it cost a reported $70 million to produce before marketing.
The box office recovery should heat up in a major way next weekend when the summer’s first traditional tentpole, Universal’s Fast & Furious installment F9, races into theaters after already earning nearly $300 million overseas, or $292.1 million.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard 2 launched on Wednesday and, including paid sneaks last weekend, headed into Father’s Day weekend with $5.4 million in the bank.
Directed by Patrick Hughes, the follow-up to the 2017 breakout hit sees Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek all reprise their roles. Most reviewers snubbed the sequel, but audiences gave it a B CinemaScore.
Set four years after the events of the original, bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) once again meets up with assassin Darius Kincaid (Jackson) as they embark on a new adventure to save Darius’ wife, Sonia (Hayek), from new threats. The sequel also stars Antonio Banderas, Morgan Freeman, Richard E. Grant and Frank Grillo.
A Quiet Place Part II wasn’t far behind in its fourth weekend. The unstoppable Paramount horror-thriller fell just 22 percent to $9.4 million from 3,401 locations for a domestic total of $125.3 million. Overseas, the theatrical-only release took in another $15.7 million from 45 markets to race past the $200 million mark globally, including $96.7 million overseas. The pic finished Sunday with a worldwide total of $222 million.
In North America, A Quiet Place Part II was the first title in the pandemic age to earn north of $100 million — followed now by Godzilla vs. Kong — in addition to pulling off a surprise upset last weekend in its third outing when beating the debut of Warner Bros.’ In the Heights ($12 million versus $11.5 million, respectively).
In the Heights — director Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning Broadway musical of the same name — had hoped to make up ground this weekend with a stronghold, but that didn’t prove to be the case.
The critically acclaimed film, falling to No. 6, grossed $4.2 million from 3,505 theaters, a steep 63 percent drop. The musical’s domestic total is $19.7 million. Overseas, it has earned $2.1 million from 30 markets for a global total of $21.8 million. The movie cost at least $50 million to produce before marketing.
All 2021 Warners releases are being made immediately available in the home via HBO Max in countries where the streaming service is available.
Sony’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway rebounded somewhat in its second weekend after a disappointing opening. The family film, placing third, grossed $6.1 million or a domestic total of $20.3 million. The family film has hopped to $70.5 million overseas for a global total of $90.8 million.
Warners release The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It followed at No. 4 in its third weekend with $5.2 million for a domestic total of $53.6 million and $90.8 million globally.
Disney’s Cruella rounded out the top five with $5.1 million in its fourth weekend for a domestic total of $64.7 million and a global tally of $159.9 million.
Among specialty films, Sony Pictures Classics’ 12 Mighty Orphans, a depression-era football tale, expanded nationwide to place No. 8 with $870,162 from 1,047 theaters for a cume of $1.3 million.
Focus Features’ critically acclaimed music documentary The Sparks Brothers — the first nonfiction feature directed by Edgar Wright — opened to $265,000 from 497 locations.
Roadside Attractions’ Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It launched in 227 theaters, grossing roughly $75,000.
June 20, 7:45 a.m. Updated with revised numbers.
A previous version of this article included incorrect numbers for Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It.
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