Box office: ‘The Lost City’ beats ‘Batman’ at number one

Box office: 'The Lost City' beats 'Batman' at number one

New York, 2022-03-27 15:41:13. Box office: ‘The Lost City’ beats ‘Batman’ at number one

LOS ANGELES — Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum led the comedy-adventure show “The Lost City” to its $31 million debut in US and Canadian theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, taking down “Batman” from #1 . One spot the superhero movie held for most of March.

“The Lost City” relied on the relatively old concept of star power to push Paramount Pictures’ release above expectations at the box office. Bullock has always been one of the top draws, but its biggest attraction in recent years has been felt even more on Netflix, with 2018’s Bird Box becoming one of the most-watched streaming releases. Tatum recently proved his popularity after dropping out of the main roles with the still-playing hit movie “Dog” (now reaching $57.9 million in six weeks), which he co-directed.

Bullock and Tatum’s chemistry together helped make “The Lost City,” directed by brothers Adam and Aaron Nee, a compelling romantic comedy with shades from the 1984 movie “Romancing the Stone.” It also particularly attracted a majority female audience. During the pandemic, male moviegoers were quicker to return.

Theaters hope “The Lost City” will begin a new phase of stability. The first three months of 2022 were the property of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (which topped $800 million this week), “Uncharted” ($133.6 million) and “Batman” which slipped to number two in its fourth week of… issuance and adding $20.5 million to its domestic total of $332 million.

But for the first time this year, the release calendar is about to be constantly busy. The coming weeks will see the release of the films “Morbius,” “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” “The Bad Guys,” and “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.” All open exclusively in theaters.

The specialty box office also got a boost from A24’s “Everything Everywhere at Once,” which opened at $50,965 from 10 locations. The movie, an existential sci-fi comedy starring Michelle Yeoh, premiered — as “The Lost City” — at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, earlier this month.

Meanwhile, the Indian epic “RRR” (“Rise Roar Revolt”) opened at US$9.5 million in 1,200 North American theaters, one of the biggest ever releases of a film from India. The time period movie of SS Rajamouli about two revolutionaries made its debut in India. There are no central box office reports there, but “RRR” was expected to be one of the biggest blockbusters in the country.

Estimated ticket sales Friday through Sunday in US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final local numbers will be published on Monday.

  1. • “The Lost City” $31 million

  2. Batman movie $20.5 million

  3. “RRR” $9.5 million

  4. “Uncharted” $5 million

  5. “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” $4.6 million

  6. “X” $2.2 million

  7. Doug $2.1 million

  8. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” – $2 million

  9. “Sing 2” $1.3 million

  10. “Infinite Storm” $751,000

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