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‘The Bad Guys,’ ‘Sonic 2’ Burying ‘Fantastic Beasts’ at Weekend Box Office – Hollywood Reporter

In more good news for the family box office, DreamWorks Animation and Universal’s The Bad Guys easily won the weekend with an estimated $24 million, more than enough to topple Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore from the No. 1 spot domestically.

Bad Guys, about a wickedly smart group of crooked animals, started off Friday with $8 million on Friday from 4,009 theaters after receiving an A CinemaScore. Overseas, it has earned $63 million for an early worldwide haul of $87 million.

Fellow PG release Sonic the Hedgehog 2 — now in its third weekend — even beat Dumbledore with an estimated $15.2 million from 3,809 locations for a domestic total of $145.8 million.

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The one-two-punch of Bad Guys and Sonic 2 give exhibitors and Hollywood studio executives hope that kids and parents are returning in earnest after staying away for much of the pandemic.

Fantastic Beasts 3 fell off sharply in its second weekend in more bad news for the future of the Wizarding World franchise. Warner Bros.’ big-budget event pic grossed $14 million domestically from 4,245 theaters, a 67 percent decline. It is faring somewhat better overseas, where it has earned $213.2 million for a global total of $280.3 million.

The Bad Guys wasn’t the only new offering this weekend as Hollywood studios begin releasing a more varied range of movies as the box office emerges from the pandemic.

Focus Features and New Regency’s The Northman opened to $12 million weekend, ahead of expectations. However, with a budget of least $70 million before marketing, the movie could be in a tough spot financially. Northman received a B+ CinemaScore. The film’s global total is $23.5 million.

Rounding out the top five is Lionsgate’s high-concept film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent — in which Nicolas Cage plays himself. The unique movie opened to $7.2 million from 3,036 cinemas. While certainly a modest tally on paper, Massive Talent is likewise coming in slightly ahead of expectations.

A24’s specialty hit Everything Everywhere All at Once continued to impress, placing sixth with $5.4 million from 2,137 locations for a domestic cume of $26.9 million.

More to come.

April 24, 8:20 a.m. Updated with revised numbers.

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