$9.9 Million in Revenues at the Box Office for ‘Haunted Mansion’ The Opening Day Does Not Frighten ‘Barbie’ or ‘Oppenheimer’
Both “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” seem completely unfazed by the presence of ghosts.
The newest iteration of Disney’s “Haunted Mansion” will have to make do with a distant third-place finish due to the success of the other two attractions. The remake brought in $9.9 million from 3,740 locations on its very first day of release. This figure takes into account the $3.1 million earned from Thursday night previews. The funhouse movie aimed at families had the goal of making between $25 million and $30 million in its opening weekend, but several of its rivals believe that won’t happen.
The “Haunted Mansion” appears to be yet another letdown on Disney’s lineup for the summer, despite the fact that its production cost $150 million. Things got off to a strong start with the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” which took in $358 million in North American box office receipts when it was released in May. However, after “The Little Mermaid” failed to make a major sensation internationally, the firm developed “Elemental” and “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” both of which were pricey pictures that did not do very well at the box office.
There is little doubt that “Barbie” has managed to maintain the interest of a significant number of families. The critical buzz surrounding “Haunted Mansion” is simply not enough to keep up with the competition. It received a dismal 27% approval rating from the most prominent reviewers on the website Rotten Tomatoes. According to the findings of a research business known as Cinema Score, consumers prefer movies that receive a grade of “B+,” but the Disney remake may benefit from a higher reaction than that.
The theme park attraction “Haunted Mansion” at Disneyland was the inspiration for this movie. It was directed by Justin Simien, who has previously demonstrated his comedic chops with films such as “Dear White People” and “Bad Hair,” a parody of the horror genre. Eddie Murphy starred in the film adaptation of the exhibition that was released in 2003. Producing it cost $90 million, but it ended up grossing $180 million across the globe. LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Dan Levy, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Jared Leto are among the many actors who appear in this latest installment as members of the ensemble group.
This next weekend, the new horror play “Talk to Me” from A24 will be screened in 2,340 different theaters around the country. The independent record company decided to purchase the Australian ghost story after it generated a great deal of buzz at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie has received some positive reviews, and it is anticipated that it would debut in sixth place and gross a healthy $10.1 million in its first weekend.
“Barbie” will maintain its position as the most successful film at the box office during its second weekend. On Friday, it generated a healthy $29 million in revenue. That is 59% less than the $70.5 million that it made on its first day, which was the highest day of the year in terms of revenue. The film produced by Warner Bros. is currently showing in a total of 94 additional theaters, bringing the grand total up to 4,337.
It is remarkable that “Barbie,” which began with more than $150 million, is predicted to lose less than half of that amount by the end of its run. The majority of films that are immediately so popular see a steeper dip in popularity in their second movies. All of this demonstrates that the movie, which was directed by Greta Gerwig, had a fantastic one-two punch, which consisted of a significant amount of marketing building up to it and a sense of excellence that was genuine.
This coming weekend will see the “Hot Pink Fantasy” home total cross the $350 million threshold for the first time. After only ten days, it has already moved up to the fourth spot on the list of movies with the greatest gross in North America for this year. It is anticipated that it will go beyond “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” ($377 million) and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” ($358 million) in the following week, leaving “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” ($574 million) as the only film in 2023 that is more successful than it.
The Universal Studios production “Oppenheimer” is still in second position. It is anticipated that 3,647 theaters will generate revenue of $46 million. That would be a significant decrease of 44% compared to its debut weekend and would be sufficient to place it as the fifth-biggest second weekend for an R-rated movie in the history of box office tracking.
It’s possible that the movie directed by Christopher Nolan might have acquired an even better hold if it hadn’t been performing so well all week long. The R-rated film “Oppenheimer” has broken a new record by selling more than $10 million worth of tickets over the course of seven consecutive days. Thursday was the day that this took place. That the movie is being played in Imax theaters is a significant contributor to that result. People believe that a Christopher Nolan film should be seen on a large screen, and as a result, they rearrange their schedules over the week to ensure that they are able to purchase tickets for one of these specialized large formats.
It is expected that “Oppenheimer” would have brought in $173 million in North American revenue by Sunday. After ten days, this would put it in the eighth spot for highest grossing movies in North America for the entire year. It is already the year’s most successful project that is neither a movie nor a television show.
It is anticipated that “Sound of Freedom” would finish in fourth place, with competitors estimating a reduction of 31% in ticket sales this weekend, which would result in a total gain of $13 million over the course of the three-day period. Angel Studios purchased the film from 20th Century Studios after Disney completed its acquisition of Fox. The acquisition ended up being beneficial to the buyer. Rolling Stone referred to “Sound of Freedom” as a “QAnon-tinged thriller” that investigates “the conscience of a conspiracy-obsessed boomer.” On the other hand, religious and right-wing media organisations are banding together in support of the film, which is likely to result in an increase in the number of people who see it.
There is a good chance that the film will finish with more than $200 million and be one of the top 10 highest-earning pictures of the year, despite the fact that its domestic revenue is only expected to be about $150 million over the course of this weekend. People are able to donate money to the marketing banner through Angel Studios’ one-of-a-kind “Pay It Forward” initiative. With the money donated, the studio will be able to purchase tickets for its own movie and give them away for free. According to the business, the purpose of the project is to raise awareness about the problem of child trafficking. No matter what proportion of those tickets are ultimately redeemed, the dealers will still be able to count on making a profit.
To finish up the top five, “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One” was included. As it entered its third weekend, it experienced a dip in attendance that was 44% lower than the previous weekend. The Tom Cruise action sequel had its box office receipts fall by a larger percentage than anticipated last week, 64.6%. This is not a good sign for a series that has typically done well at the box office for a significant amount of time, and it has been going on for quite some time.
The movie from Paramount will have made $139 million by Sunday, which is still less than what its predecessor “Fallout” made in the same length of time ($161 million). “Dead Reckoning” has struggled to make its money back at the box office despite having a production expenditure that was close to $300 million. It is going up against “Barbie,” “Oppenheimer,” and even “Sound of Freedom” for viewers’ attention.