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A New Legacy Takes a Weekend Box Office Win!

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The sequel to Space Jam launches into the competition!

The combination of basketball and favorite cartoons was the main attraction this weekend as SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY opened first at the box office with an estimated $ 31.6 million!

Warner Bros. ‘PG-rated release, which has NBA superstar LeBron James joining Bugs Bunny and his friends on a galactic journey for a great game, also premiered simultaneously on the HBO Max streaming platform.

The star-studded live-action / animated sequel from Looney Tunes and other Warner Bros. cameos and references, also features Don Cheadle and Sonequa Martin-Green. The film raised an additional $ 23 million from international crowds for a worldwide total of $ 54.6 million.

Directed by Malcolm D. Lee (UNDERCOVER BROTHER, GIRLS TRIP), the new follow-up to the 1996 fan-favorite SPACE JAM (with Hall of Fame player Michael Jordan) cost $ 150 million.

Critics were clearly not endorsing LeBron and the Tune Squad, which gave the film a 31% average in rotten tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 36. Dribble on the JoBlo review HERE.

After its debut at the top last week, Marvel’s BLACK WIDOW dropped to second place with $ 26.2 million. Scarlett Johansson’s spy life story plunged 67% since its opening, the biggest drop yet for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie (SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING and ANT-MAN AND THE WASP lost every a 62% on their second weekend).

The PG-13 Disney launch (which also launched for a Premier Access fee on the Disney + streaming service) has a ten-day national total of $ 132 million and $ 264 million worldwide, costing reported $ 200 million.

Opening in third place was the horror sequel ESCAPE ROOM: CHAMPIONS TOURNAMENT with $ 8.8 million for the weekend.

The PG-13 thriller about deadly games comes from the director of the first film, Adam Robitel. The original ESCAPE ROOM was a surprise hit in 2019, catching $ 155 million worldwide on a modest $ 9 million budget.

Sony’s new release, which again features Taylor Russell and Logan Miller trying to solve devious lethal puzzles, had a reported cost of $ 15 million.

Critics seemed keen to find their way out, giving the film an average of 42% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 47. Look for clues in the JoBlo review HERE.

In fourth place was the action sequel PG-13. Q9: THE QUICK SAGA with $ 7.6 million. After four weekends on North American screens, the $ 200 million Universal release has a national total of $ 154.8 million and a worldwide total of $ 591 million.

The PG-rated animated sequel THE BABY BOSS: FAMILY BUSINESS that in fifth place with $ 4.7 million on its third weekend. Universal’s $ 82 million launch has dragged down to a national total of $ 44.6 million.

In sixth place came another Universal release, the R-rated horror thriller. THE PURGE FOREVER with $ 4.1 million. After three weekends, the fifth legal crime vacation movie has a national total of $ 35.9 million and $ 48.4 million worldwide, with a reported cost of $ 18 million.

The PG-13 thriller A QUIET PLACE: PART II that in seventh place with $ 2.3 million on his eighth weekend sneaking through theaters. Paramount’s $ 61 million sequel has a national total of $ 155 million and $ 281 million worldwide.

In eighth place was the new R-rated documentary ROADRUNNER: A MOVIE ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN with $ 1.9 million since its launch on 927 national screens.

Directed by Morgan Neville (WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?), Focus Features’ launch of the renowned chef and travel show host recently sparked some controversy for incorporating an AI-generated voice from the late celebrity and choosing not to interview his latest romantic couple Asia Argento.

Critics had an appetite to see the life of the beloved “bad boy”, giving the film an average of 95% rotten tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 80. Chomp on JoBlo’s review HERE.

Disney prequel CRUELLA that in ninth place with $ 1.1 million in its eighth weekend in theaters. The PG-13 release (also on Disney + for bonus money) has a national total of $ 83.4 million and $ 224 million worldwide.

Opening in tenth place was Nicolas Cage’s truffle hunting drama PIG with $ 945,000 from a limited release in 552 national theaters.

Critics were mesmerized by the story of a man and his friend looking for food, giving the film an average of 97% rotten tomatoes and a Metacritic Score of 84. Sniff out the JoBlo review HERE.

Off the Table, the action-comedy sequel THE HITMAN’S WIFE BODYGUARD disappeared along with the sequel PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY, musical drama IN THE HEIGHTS and R-rated road trip ZOLA.

Next weekend has some twists (probably) in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller OLD, as we learn more about the famous ninja soldier in SNAKE EYES: GI JOE’S ORIGINS.

Who is your favorite Looney Tunes character? VOTE HERE!


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