'Argyle' Bombs at Box Office Opening – The Hollywood Reporter

Rejected by many critics and consumers alike, Matthew Vaughn's expensive spy comedy For Archie It bombed at the North American box office, the biggest setback to date for Apple's theatrical ambitions.

The film opened to $18 million from 3,605 theaters against a $200 million to $250 million price tag, according to sources. The results abroad were not good For Archie It opened to $17.3 million from 78 markets, for a worldwide debut of $35.3 million. The good news: Thanks to a little competition, the weekend was won.

Distributed by Universal For Archie on behalf of Apple Original Films in exchange for a distribution fee. Since Apple is one of the world's richest tech companies and a leader in streaming content, its theatrical efforts are judged differently. If traditional Hollywood studios put out a $200 million movie with results like this, they'd be down.

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 It's Apple's third traditional theatrical release in recent months, following Martin Scorsese's Oscar nomination. Assassins of Flower Moon and Ridley Scott 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+.

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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 earned three Oscars).

Another new nationwide hit at the domestic box office this weekend is the special nationwide release of the faith-based series. Selected: Season 4, Episodes 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.

The series beat expectations to take the No. 2 spot with $6.1 million from 2,260 theaters over the three-day weekend. It officially opened Thursday, so its four-day opening is $7.5 million.

Amazon MGM Studios and Miramax's The Beaker grossed $5.3 million from 3,277 locations in its fourth weekend for $49.4 million domestically and an even better $73.1 million overseas for $122.5 million.

Among other holdovers, Warner Bros.' Music oriented Wonka surpassed $200 million domestically, while Paramount's musical Mean girls He passed $90 million in a vote of confidence for the oft-maligned genre.

A lot more to come.

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