Lionsgate's "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" shot its way to the top of the box office this weekend. The action-comedy sequel launched on Wednesday and faced little competition as took the box office crown from "A Quiet Place: Part II." The Friday-Sunday three-day total put the sequel at No. 1 with $11.7M. The film's five-day total topped out at $17M.
"A Quiet Place: Part II" took the second spot with $9.4M. And while Sony's family sequel "Peter Rabbit 2" hopped up to the No. 3 spot from last week's No. 4 position, the film still slid 40%. The outlook is also not looking bright on WB's highly praised musical "In the Heights." After last week's poor opening, the film slid even further, dropping 63%. The musical fell to the No. 6 slot with $4.2M, leaving the likelihood of a box office rebound a la "The Greatest Showman" in doubt.
With little competition, holdovers rounded out the remaining Top Ten. WB's "Conjuring 3" and Disney's "Cruella" showed continued strength in their respective third and fourth weeks. "Godzilla vs. Kong" also hit a milestone in its 12th week, becoming the second pandemic-era domestic release to cross $100M.
It might not have been the most spectacular of weekends, but the box office is primed for a big release. In spite of the previous lackluster family films, outside of "Hitman's Bodyguard 2" there were no big releases this weekend. While it hit No. 1, a movie like "Hitman's Bodyguard 2" wasn't going to draw crowds, even if it did meet box office expectations. Yet, the box office most likely would have had that big title had Disney held on to its plans of releasing their new Pixar film theatrically. Pixar films have a proven history of drawing family crowds, and the fact that the studio missed out on those big box office bucks by sending "Luca" straight to streaming is perplexing.
"A Quiet Place: Part II" and "Conjuring 3" proved that audiences will turn out for highly anticipated franchise follow-ups. And there's little doubt that will come this weekend with Universal's supercharged "F9."
Box Office Top Ten: June 18-20
- "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" (Lionsgate) $11,675,000 / Overall: $17,024,340
- "A Quiet Place: Part II" (Paramount) - $9,400,000 / Overall: $125,259,178
- "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway" (Sony) - $6,100,000 / $20,325,283
- "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It" (Warner Bros.) - $5,150,000 / Overall: $53,601,284
- "Cruella" (Disney) - $5,100,000 / Overall: $64,735,802
- "In the Heights" (Warner Bros) - $4,205,000 / $19,659,628
- "Spirit Untamed" (Universal) - $1,600,000 / Overall: $13,819,180
- "12 Mighty Orphans" (Sony) - $870,162 / Overall: $1,255,729
- "The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2" (Lionsgate) - $604,000 / Overall: $2,015,287
- "Wrath of Man" (United Artists) - $448,000 / Overall: $26,810,848
Box office data comes to us from Box Office Mojo.
Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.