‘Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ Disappointing Box Office Makes Sequel Unlikely

If you’ve been following the weekly box office updates, you may have noticed me making period statements about the underwhelming box office for Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. This genuinely shocked me because it’s such a great, fun movie that manages to have action in equal measure. Its RT score is through the roof at 91%, too, so my hope was that it would manage to overperform internationally as evidence of need for a sequel.

Well, that’s unlikely to happen.

D&D is finishing off its theatrical run with a grand total of $207M worldwide, just $93M of that domestic. Ouch.

Considering the $150M budget plus marketing costs, it’s unlikely the film did well enough for Paramount Pictures to greenlight a sequel.

So what went wrong? This is the second failed D&D movie, and it may be time to realize that the brand only appeals to a certain niche audience. The shame of it is that this movie very clearly was made to appeal to everyone. You don’t need to be familiar with the game at all to enjoy it, but the number of times I had people ask me if they needed to tells me Paramount did a poor job of making it clear.


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.