Zendaya Discusses Family's Reaction to Steamy Scenes at 'Challengers' Premiere

Amazon MGM’s ‘Challengers’ Scores Big Despite Box Office Competition

Challengers,” a bold and provocative R-rated drama set in the competitive world of tennis, served up a winning performance at the domestic box office this weekend, securing the top spot with $15 million from 3,477 locations. While this achievement is commendable for a film targeted at discerning, adult audiences, the movie’s hefty $55 million budget, not including marketing costs, puts its success in perspective. With next week heralding the arrival of Universal’s “The Fall Guy,” starring Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt, marking the start of summer blockbuster season, the road ahead for “Challengers” is fraught with challenges.

Zendaya Discusses Family's Reaction to Steamy Scenes at 'Challengers' Premiere

Despite its box office performance, Amazon MGM, the studio behind “Challengers,” maintains that the film doesn’t need to be a box office smash to be considered a success. The studio believes that the film’s theatrical release will elevate its profile for its debut on Prime Video, Amazon’s streaming service, and set the stage for other revenue streams. Kevin Wilson, head of theatrical distribution at Amazon MGM Studios, is optimistic about the film’s future, citing the success of “Saltburn,” a similar release last fall that became one of the studio’s most-watched streaming titles.

While some industry experts remain skeptical of this new approach to measuring success in the streaming era, citing vague downstream revenue claims, “Challengers” has received critical acclaim. The film, directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, and Mike Faist, has garnered praise for its steamy and stylish portrayal of the lives of three tennis pros. With an 88% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a solid B+ CinemaScore from audiences, “Challengers” has the potential to make waves in the awards season race.

Zendaya’s star power has been a major draw for audiences, with approximately 55% of ticket buyers citing her as the primary reason for seeing the film. The actress’s recent success with “Dune” and “Euphoria” has further bolstered her appeal. Additionally, “Challengers” received a boost from Imax screenings, earning $1.2 million from these engagements.

In a weekend marked by subdued box office revenues, “Challengers” stood out as a standout performer, demonstrating the enduring appeal of original R-rated dramas. As the film continues its theatrical run and prepares for its streaming debut, its impact on the industry and audiences alike is yet to be fully realized.

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