Box Office: ‘Guardians 3’ Passes $500M As ‘Book Club 2’ And ‘Hypnotic’ Debuts Stumble

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3– $60.5M/$213.2M

Marvel looks to have finally gotten back on track with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which earned another $60.5M domestic in its second weekend, good for $528M worldwide. That’s already more than Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania earned for its entire theatrical run. This makes for six straight weeks with a Chris Pratt movie topping the chart, following four weeks of Mario & Luigi dominance.

2. The Super Mario Bros Movie– $13M/$535.9M

3. Book Club: The Next Chapter (review)- $6.5M

Five years ago Book Club arrived basically on this same weekend and counter-programmed its way to a $14M debut and an eventual $104M haul. But the book seems to have closed on audiences’ interest in watching Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Mary Steenburgen get frisky, even in Italy. The sequel Book Club: The Next Chapter earned just $6.5M in its opening weekend and $9.6M overall.

4. Evil Dead Rise– $3.7M/$60.1M

5. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret– $2.5M/$16.4M

6. Hypnotic (review)- $2.3M

SXSW buzz for Robert Rodriguez’s twisty mindbender Hypnotic hasn’t translated into box office, as the Ben Affleck-led film scored just $2.3M. Not only that, but nobody seems to even like the $70M thriller, with critics savaging it on Rotten Tomatoes with 39%, and audiences kicking it while it’s down with a C+ Cinemascore. The film had quite an entangled road to a release, anyway, so perhaps this shouldn’t be unexpected. Then again, Affleck has been on a roll lately, and it’s a sign of piss-poor marketing that someone couldn’t find a good angle to sell this to people.

7. John Wick: Chapter 4– $1.9M/$182.9M

8. Love Again– $1.5M/$5M

9. Air– $768K/$51.6M

An expected tumble for Ben Affleck’s second movie in the top 10, Air, which was released onto digital and Prime Video just in time for Mother’s Day, perfect given Viola Davis’ key role as Michael Jordan’s momma.

10. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves– $741K/$92.1M

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.