Box Office: ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ Projects to Open $22 Million

Even Superhero Dogs open at the top of the box office.

Animated Comedy »DC League of Super Petsis looking to top domestic charts when it opens, projecting a $22 million debut. The film grossed $9.3 million from 4,314 theaters on opening day, a figure that includes $2.2 million in Thursday preview ticket sales.

That’s enough for the release of Warner Bros. claims the top spot at the box office, but it’s far from the strongest opening for an animated film this summer. Disney’s “Lightyear” pulled in $50.2 million when it opened in June — a total considered disappointing for the “Toy Story” spinoff, which carried a $200 million production budget. In July, Universal’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru” set a new bar for box office expectations for family films in a world after COVID-19 lockdowns, earning a major opening of $107 million on three days.

“Super-Pets” arrives below these two summer releases. The film cost $90 million to produce, so it hopes to continue to attract family audiences before school starts this fall.

Based on DC Comics’ Legion of Super-Pets, a team of superhero furry friends, “DC League of Super-Pets” features a star-studded voice cast including Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski , Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz and Keanu Reeves.

Varietyby Owen Gleiberman gave “Super-Pets” a positive review, writing that “the film, in its feisty and cheerfully conventional and likable way, strips the stuffing of superhero fantasy. Its joke is that a team of mangy pets doing outlandish magic tricks with CGI stunts is basically what every comic book movie is about.

“Super-Pets” earned a slightly positive 60% approval rating from top reviewers on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. The film also earned an “A-” rating from research firm Cinema Score, indicating a resounding approval from mainstream audiences.

Also open this weekend,Revengeappears to net $1.6 million from 998 locations. That’s just enough to land in tenth place on the national charts. Focus Features is handling distribution, while Blumhouse Productions produced the film, in association with Divide/Conquer.

BJ Novak wrote, directed and starred in “Vengeance,” which follows a journalist and podcaster who finds himself in over his head investigating a murder in Texas.

Universal”Nopeputs up strong competition for the top spot at the box office, projecting a haul of $19 million in its second weekend.

That would mark a 57% drop for Jordan Peele’s new thriller, slightly above initial projections for a 60% drop. However, it is a steeper course than its previous two features. Peele’s 2017 breakout “Get Out” dropped 15.4% on its second release, while its 2019 follow-up “Us” dropped 53.3%.

Audiences did not appreciate “No” as much as Peele’s earlier work. Even so, the Universal thriller will expand its domestic haul past $80 million through Sunday, which marks an impressive haul for an original film with nothing to promote beyond a weird presence and the names involved in it. the production. “Nope” has already recouped its $68 million production budget (although that doesn’t include marketing and distribution costs). The film begins its worldwide rollout in August.

Disney’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” looks set to take third place on the national charts. The Marvel Cinematic Universe earned $3.7 million on Friday, down 41% from its previous weekend. After finishing its fourth weekend at the box office, “Love and Thunder” is expected to expand its domestic grossing beyond $300 million.

Universal’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru” is eyeing fourth place. The animated spinoff doesn’t give up much ground to its “Super-Pets” competition, losing a slim 37% in its fifth weekend of release. “Rise of Gru” will surpass a domestic gross of $320 million after Sunday, continuing to rank fifth among North American releases of 2022.

And then, of course, there’s the biggest movie of the summer. In its tenth weekend of release, Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick” has yet to break out of the top five on the national charts. The Tom Cruise sequel is forecasting a slim 17% drop from its previous outing, expanding its domestic haul to $650 million.

“Maverick” is poised to make another dent in the all-time top 10 at the domestic box office. It already ranks as the ninth highest-grossing North American release of all time. It now appears to surpass “Jurassic World” ($652 million) and “Titanic” ($659 million) in the coming weeks.

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