Dismissed by many critics and consumers alike, Matthew Vaughn's expensive spy-comedy For Archie The biggest setback to date for Apple's theatrical ambitions is bombing at the North American box office.
The film — reported to cost $200 million before marketing — grossed $5.6 million on Friday for a $16.5 million opening. Abroad the results were not good For Archie An estimated $16.9 million opening weekend. Numbers will be updated on Sunday morning.
Since Apple is one of the world's richest tech companies and a leader in streaming content, its theatrical efforts are judged differently. Traditional Hollywood studios would go bust if they released a $200 million movie with results like this
Distributed by Universal For Archie on behalf of Apple Original Films in exchange for a distribution fee.
For ArchiePowered by a script Wonderful ladyby Jason Fuchs, tells the story of a best-selling spy novelist and cat-loving recluse whose quiet life is turned upside down when the plots of his books begin to come to life.
Wan's reality-bending spy thriller is not lacking in star power. The cast includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Henry Cavill, Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston, John Cena, Ariana DeBose, Dua Lipa, Catherine O'Hara, Sofia Boutella and Samuel L. Jackson. Supermodel Claudia Vonn's (née Schiffer) real-life pet Chip played Alfie the cat.
For Archie Apple's third traditional theatrical release in recent months follows Martin Scorsese's Oscar nomination Assassins of Flower Moon and Ridley Scott's Napoleon. Both films similarly cost $200 million or more to make. Many in Hollywood believe that Apple Original Films throwing its hat into the ring is a good thing, as it means more movies on the big screen before they go streaming on Apple TV+.
Although it is an award dear, Killers of the Flower Moon – It won 10 Oscars, the third most of any film Oppenheimer (13) and the poor (11) — Scorsese's epic grossed just $157.6 million at the worldwide box office. Napoleon It's done somewhat better with $219.4 million to date (the latter film earned three Oscars).
The other new act at the domestic box office this weekend is the special nationwide release of the faith-based series Selected: Season 4, Episode-1-3. The makers of the hit streaming series wanted to make it available in theaters first. Parts four, five and six will hit theaters later this month. Handled by Fathom Events Chosen On its wide release in theaters. Estimated $3.3 million this weekend.
Among the holdovers, Warner Bros.' Music oriented Wonka surpassed $200 million domestically, while Paramount's musical Mean girls The poll of confidence for the oft-maligned genre has surpassed $100 million.
The total collection will be updated on Sunday morning.