Box Office: ‘Argylle’ Unravels With $18M Debut Weekend, ‘American Fiction’ Continues Oscar Boost

  1. Argylle (review)- $18M

It doesn’t even matter that practically no big releases have dropped into theaters all of January, audiences still didn’t want to pay for Argylle. Matthew Vaughn’s starry spy comedy, led by Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell, Henry Cavill, and John Cena, only hit $18M for the weekend. Sure, it’s the top spot, but so what? Apple put a heavy $200M into the film, and they’re not getting anything back. A total of $35M worldwide is all they got for the debut weekend, and a 35% on the Rotten Tomatoes score. It’s a bad movie, for sure, and I think it had pricey flop written all over it.

2. The Chosen: S4 Episodes 1-3– $7.4M

At number two isn’t even a movie, it’s Fathom Events’ special screening of the first three episodes of The Chosen‘s fourth season. Apparently it’s about Jesus? That’s all I know about it.

3. The Beekeeper– $5.2M/$49.4M

4. Wonka– $4.7M/$201.1M

5. Migration– $4.1M/$106.1M

6. Mean Girls– $4M/$66.3M

7. Anyone But You– $3.5M/$76.2M

8. American Fiction– $2.3M/$15M

One of the best reviewed films of the year, American Fiction continues to build after eight weeks in release, making the most of its five Oscar nominations. The Jeffrey Wright literary dramedy has $15M on a budget of under $10M, which has to make Amazon/MGM happy.

9. Poor Things– $2.1M/$28.1M

10. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom– $2M/$120.7M

At $423M worldwide, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is probably going to exit the charts soon as it’s now available on digital. A rather sad farewell to the DCEU and this franchise, which fell hard after Aquaman made $1.1B in 2018.

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.