Jackass Forever kicks off the month of February with a bang

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The boys are back! After several pandemic-related delays, Johnny Knoxville and most of the Donkey The team returned to theaters to bring the world together after 20 years and four films, all of which reached No. 1 at the box office for a worldwide total of over $335 million. Fooled forever will likely earn the franchise over $400 million by the time it hits DVD in April. But even if the guys and Paramount were generous enough to give that money to everyone who invested in moon fallRoland Emmerich’s new sci-fi disaster flick may yet not turn a profit theatrically.


Harvest King: Fooled forever Beginning of February with a bang

(Photo by Jennifer McCarthy/©Paramount)

When Fooled forever opening at $9.6 million on Friday (including $1.6 million in Thursday previews), Paramount has lowered expectations for the weekend. They were already pretty low, as many pundits thought it was heading somewhere in the teens, which would have been lower than any of the previous films. In 2002, Jackass: the movie opened at $22.7 million after a Friday of $9.7 million (or 42.6% of the total weekend). 2006 saw Jackass: number two start with $29 million after a Friday of $11.8 million (40.6%), then 3-D donkey blew the gates in 2010 with a $50.3 million weekend after a Friday of $22 million (43.7%). Paramount felt a $20.8 million weekend was reasonable after Always’s Friday departure, which accounted for 46.1% of its weekend transport. That would have put him in the league with just four films (out of 19) as of 2021 (Black Widow, Spider-Man: No Coming Home, halloween killsand The Suicide Squad) whose Friday haul of over $9 million accounted for more than 46% of its opening weekend. In other words, the studio thought the movie should be preloaded. But the outperformance is making headlines, and with $23.5 million, the studio will get it.

If there’s one thing Paramount should believe in right now, it’s brand power. free guy is still the only all-original title to open to over $20 million during the pandemic. They may have moved all their Impossible mission throwback movies, but Scream continues to roll with the 16th or 17th best 24-day total for a January release (depending on how the final numbers look on Monday) and is heading for somewhere between $75 million and $80 million, with a sixth film already greenlit. Paramount has sonic the hedgehog 2 and Top Gun: Maverick lined up for April and May and a 2023 that’s all sequels and IP except animation The Tiger’s Apprentice right now. The industry would certainly love to see their next The lost city do well in early spring. Fooled forever isn’t even in the Top 50 openings for February, but that keeps the pandemic trend going, and theaters will continue to welcome these sequels as much as fans currently are.


Rotten Returns: moon fall Suffers Roland Emmerich’s worst opening in 30 years

Halle Berry and Patrick Wilson in Moonfall

(Photo by Reiner Bajo/©Lionsgate)

There is almost nothing positive to say about moon fall This weekend. Roland Emmerich’s $146 million budget sci-fi disaster flick certainly fit some of that description as it only grossed $10 million this weekend. This is Emmerich’s worst grand opening, dating back to 1992 universal soldier, which also just cleared $10 million. The filmmaker hasn’t made a profit for all of his backers since 2012 – the movie, not the year. And if you don’t believe it, just ask white house down, Independence Day: Resurgenceand 2019 Half-way. But all of these films are going to feel slight disappointments compared to moon fallwho will have to find around $200 million overseas to not be a $100 million loser.


The Top 10 and beyond: Spider Man The eyes Avatar in the National Top 10

Spider-Man: No Way Home Poster

(Photo by ©Sony Pictures Releasing/©Marvel Entertainment)

Spider-Man: No Coming Home is one week away from exceeding Avatar’s gross domestic. This includes the $10 million generated from the Special Edition re-release. It’s only days away from passing its original theatrical gross. Another $8.8 million this weekend brings his total to over $748 million, and depending on the upcoming schedule, he probably won’t leave the Top 10 until early April, around the time of release. Morbius. Other holiday remnants that continue to hang include Sing 2 which will top $140 million this week. 20th century workshops The king’s man may only have around $36 million to show for it, but the prequel showed remarkable consistency and might even top Steven Spielberg’s. West Side Story. Also Lionsgate can look beyond moon fall on the list and see American Underdog still buzzing with nearly $26 million and a DVD release in less than three weeks.


On the vine: The King’s Daughter Fails in over 2,000 theaters

Kenneth Branagh in Deah on the Nile

(Photo by Rob Youngson/©20th Century Studios)

In what could be the biggest opening week (in terms of the number of large-scale releases) so far this year, next weekend will have Kenneth Branagh’s long-delayed follow-up to Murder on the Orient Express with Death on the Nile. Express made over $100 million; can Nile to be the rare adult film to reach $50 million? It has some IP credibility, after all. Also opening is Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson in Marry me future She-Hulk director, Kat Coiro. Can a romantic comedy break through in these times? Finally, Liam Neeson is back to pursue a government plot in Black lightwho should follow the pack of newcomers.


Full list of box office results: February 4-6, 2022




85%

Fooled forever
(2022)

  • $23.5 million ($23.5 million total)



40%

moon fall
(2022)

  • $10 million ($10 million total)



93%

Spider-Man: No Coming Home
(2021)

  • $9.6 million ($749 million total)



78%

Scream
(2022)

  • $4.7 million ($68.9 million total)



70%

Sing 2
(2021)

  • $4.17 million ($139.6 million total)



43%

The king’s man
(2021)

  • $1.18 million ($35.8 million total)



14%

redemptive love
(2022)

  • $1 million ($8.1 million total)



75%

American Underdog
(2021)

  • $800,000 ($25.9 million total)



25%

The 355
(2022)

  • $700,000 ($14.2 million total)



32%

The wolf and the lion
(2021)

  • $675,000 ($675,000 total)

Erik Childress can be heard weekly rating the box office on Business First AM with Angela Miles and her Movie Madness podcast.

[box office figures via Box Office Mojo]


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