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Friday, December 09, 2022

‘The Lost City’ beats ‘Batman’ on Star Power

LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) — Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum lead action-adventure comedy throwback “The Lost City” to a $31 million debut in US and Canadian theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates. Batman broke away. The superhero film held the No. 1 spot for most of March.

“the Lost City” Paramount Pictures relied on the now relatively old-fashioned concept of Star Power to release above box office expectations. Bullock has long been a singular top draw, but in recent years her great appeal was most felt on Netflix, where 2018’s “Bird Box” became one of the streamer’s most-watched releases. and Tatum, after a hiatus from the lead roles, He recently proved his popularity with the still-playing hit “Dog” (now up to $57.9 million in six weeks), which he co-directed.

Bullock and Tatum’s chemistry together helped create “The Lost City” directed by Adam and Aaron Nye, a charming romantic-comedy diversion with colors from 1984’s “Romancing the Stone”. It also notably attracted a majority female audience. The return of male moviegoers has been rapid during the pandemic.

And theaters are hoping that “The Lost City” will usher in a new round of sustainability. The first three months of 2022 have been heavy for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (which crossed $800 million this week), “Uncharted” ($133.6 million) and “The Batman”, which passed its fourth week. I have come in second place. was released and added $20.5 million to its domestic total of $332 million.

But for the first time this year, the release calendar is going to be continuously busy. The coming weeks will see the releases of “Morbius,” “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” “The Bad Guys” and “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.” All are opening exclusively in theatres.

The special box office also got a lift from A24’s “Everything Everywhere All At Once”. Which opened with $50,965 from 10 locations. The film, an existential science-fiction comedy starring Michelle Yeoh, had its first premiere — like “The Lost City” — in Austin, Texas, earlier this month.

Meanwhile, the Indian epic “RRR” (“Rise Roar Revolt”) opened in 1,200 North American theaters with $9.5 million, one of the biggest releases for a film in India so far. SS Rajamouli’s period film about two revolutionaries debuted in India at the same time. There’s no centralized box-office reporting, but “RRR” was expected to be one of the biggest blockbusters in the country.

Estimated ticket sales in theaters in the US and Canada from Friday to Sunday, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “The Lost City,” $31 million

2. “The Batman,” $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. “Dog,” $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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Follow Associated Press Film writer Jake Coyle on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

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