“Mean Girls” Musical Tops Domestic Box Office, Exceeds Expectations
Paramount’s highly anticipated film adaptation of the Broadway musical “Mean Girls” has taken the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend. The film, which made its debut in 3,791 theaters, earned an impressive $11.65 million, surpassing initial projections.
Originally planned for a streaming release, the production team decided to change their strategy after receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from test screenings. This move proved to be a smart one, as viewers flocked to the theaters to experience the big screen adaptation of this beloved musical.
Starring Angourie Rice as Cady and Reneé Rapp as Regina George, “Mean Girls” received mixed reviews from critics. However, audience reactions were more enthusiastic, resulting in a respectable “B” grade in Cinema Score surveys. Original stars Tim Meadows and Tina Fey also made appearances in the film, adding to the excitement for fans.
In second place is Amazon MGM’s action-packed film “The Beekeeper,” directed by David Ayer and starring Jason Statham. The movie earned $6.7 million from 3,303 locations, and industry experts predict it has the potential to surpass the $20 million mark.
Interestingly, Ayer clarified that the film’s concept was not inspired by Joe and Hunter Biden, amid speculations. This clarification aims to reaffirm the film’s originality and dispel any rumors surrounding its origins.
Sony’s “The Book of Clarence” sadly underperformed, with estimated earnings of less than $5 million across the four-day frame. On the other hand, Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated film “Wonka” is expected to secure third place in the box office rankings. Experts predict that it will achieve double-digit figures and surpass a domestic total of $167 million.
Sony’s romantic comedy “Anyone but You” continues to hold its ground, earning a solid $2.1 million and benefiting from strong word-of-mouth recommendations by satisfied moviegoers.
Lastly, Universal’s animated film “Migration” is projected to earn over $6.8 million, showcasing its resilience despite not performing as strongly as other Illumination productions. The movie’s ability to captivate audiences ensures a steady presence at the box office.
Overall, this weekend at the box office has proven to be an exciting mix of musicals, action films, and animated features. The success of “Mean Girls” speaks to the enduring popularity of the original story, while the other films continue to entertain and captivate audiences nationwide.
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