Box Office: ‘Mean Girls’ Fetches $28M Debut, ‘The Beekeeper’ Stings With $17M

1. Mean Girls (review)- $28M

Who says movie musicals are dead? The truth is that this genre is more alive than ever, with Mean Girls joining Wonka and The Color Purple in successful recent musical releases. The adaptation of the Broadway Musical based on the 2004 classic high school comedy won the weekend with $28M, on its way to as high as $32M through the 4-day holiday. Worldwide, it added another $6.5M. Overall, this isn’t bad at all for a movie that cost $35M with Fey, who returned as screenwriter, as its biggest name.

2. The Beekeeper (review)- $16.7M

Jason Statham stung the box office with a personal best $16.7M debut weekend for The Beekeeper, and a likely $19M through the holiday. Okay, it’s Statham’s best for a movie that isn’t part of the Meg franchise, and to the best of my knowledge his best R-rated opening ever. I freely admit that I couldn’t be happier for him and director David Ayer, both who hit it out of the park with this ass-kicking, truly original actioner that lays it all out on the line fearlessly. This movie is so much fun, and I’ll be going to see it again very soon, and my suspicion is that I won’t be the only one. We’ll see how it plays in weekend two.

3. Wonka– $8.3M/$176.1M

Timthee Chalamet and director Paul King deserve a sweet reward, as Wonka surpassed the $500M mark globally after five weeks.

4. Anyone But You– $6.9M/$55.1M

5. Migration– $6.1M/$85.7M

6. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom– $5.2M/$1082M

7. Night Swim– $4.6M/$19.1M

8. Guntur Kaaram– $4.1M/

9. The Boys in the Boat– $3.5M/$39.3M

10. The Book of Clarence (review)- $2.5M

It was a blasphemous debut for Jeymes Samuel’s The Book of Clarence, his Biblical satire starring LaKeith Stanfield as a petty grifter passing himself as a messiah ala Jesus Christ. The film opened with a paltry $2.5M in over 2000 theaters, and might’ve been better served as a streamer like Samuel’s killer debut, the stylish Western film The Harder They Fall.

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.