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At the Movies: The Beleaguered Box Office

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This yr’s CinemaCon comes at a critical juncture for the beleaguered box office. All 5 major Hollywood studios will show up in Las Vegas, beginning 25th April 25 to champion their Y 2022 slates to theater owners, while still trying to emerge from the VirusCasedemic and battling changing consumer habits.

Expect teasers and footage for Avatar 2Jurassic World DominionBlack AdamThe Flash and much more.

Family highlights will include Toy Story spinoff Lightyear and Minions: The Rise of Gru.

Other Y 2022 titles sure to be mentioned are the next installments in the Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Thor franchises, while Paramount is treating exhibitors to a full screening of Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick.

Warner Bros.’ Wizarding World is in trouble on the movie side.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore opened to just $43-M at the domestic box office over Easter weekend. It is faring better overseas, where it earned another $71-M for a global tally of $193-M

The $200-M movie is landing well behind its predecessors. As franchises become ever more important to Hollywood studios, it remains to be seen whether this particular series can keep going.

 Sony’s religious-themed Father Stu, which tells the true story of a former boxer and two-bit actor who becomes a priest. Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson and Jacki Weaver star. Wahlberg is also one of the film’s producers and put up some of the financing.

Father Stu opened midweek in order to take advantage of kids being out of school for spring break. Sony is projecting a 5 day debut of $8-M

Audiences that turned out for Father Stu certainly liked it, giving it an A CinemaScore and stellar exit polls. The movie did best among blue-collar crowds, and also generated big interest in Helena, Montana, where Father Stu is from.

For the weekend itself, Father Stu placed #5.

Romantic action-adventure The Lost City from Paramount held with $6.5-M for a domestic total of $78.6-M and $99-M globally.

Indie breakout Everything Everywhere All At Once, from A24, moved up to No. 4 as it expanded into a total of 2,200 locations. The film grossed $6.2-M for a domestic tally of $17.7-M.

Have some fun, see a movie in a theater the chaos is over, Keep the Faith!

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