Paramount’s animated sequel “PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie” has dominated the box office, securing the top spot by earning an impressive $23 million from 3,989 North American locations over the weekend. This debut nearly doubled the opening weekend earnings of its predecessor, which premiered in 2021 and brought in $13 million.
The success of “PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie” was not limited to the North American market, as it also launched internationally, adding $23.1 million to its total global tally, reaching an impressive $46.1 million. This achievement highlights the enduring popularity of the “PAW Patrol” franchise, which has generated a staggering $14 billion in global retail sales since its inception in 2014.
In second place at the box office was “Saw X,” the latest installment in the long-running horror series. The movie made a strong start, earning $18 million in its opening weekend, surpassing the earnings of its two immediate predecessors. This suggests that the momentum of the “Saw” franchise remains intact, captivating horror fans and drawing them back to the theaters.
Taking the third spot was “The Creator,” a sci-fi thriller directed by Gareth Edwards and featuring John David Washington. The film opened with $14 million, with the majority of early ticket buyers being male and over the age of 25. Industry insiders anticipate further success for “The Creator” once the international box office figures contribute to its overall earnings.
Unfortunately, not all films had a successful weekend. “Dumb Money” stumbled with a disappointing $3.5 million in its opening weekend, despite having expanded to a higher number of venues. The film’s performance may have been hindered by a rainstorm in New York City, which forced some theaters to close. Additionally, the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike prevented the cast of “Dumb Money” from promoting the film effectively.
“The Nun II” claimed fourth place at the box office, adding $4.6 million to its total earnings. The supernatural sequel has now accumulated $76.7 million domestically and an impressive $231 million worldwide, continuing the horror franchise’s success.
Looking ahead, movie theaters are eagerly anticipating Taylor Swift’s “Eras Tour” concert film, which is expected to lure audiences back to the cinemas. With the incredible performance of “PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie” and the continued success of established franchises like “Saw” and “The Nun,” there is optimism that the box office will experience a resurgence.
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