Box Office: ‘Last Voyage of the Demeter’ Sinks, ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’ Maintain Strong Performance
The Last Voyage of the Demeter
“The Last Voyage of the Demeter,” a new horror film set on a merchant ship in a historical period, is struggling during its premiere at the domestic box office, while “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” continue to perform well.
The Universal release, which follows the studio’s earlier attempt at a Dracula-themed film with “Renfield,” facing disappointment earlier this year, is encountering rough waters with a $2.62 million opening day collection from 2,715 theaters, including $750,000 from Thursday previews. Projections place “The Last Voyage of the Demeter” in fifth place for its opening weekend, with an expected gross of just $6.5 million over three days.
A sense of the summer blockbuster season’s conclusion is embodied by the swift demise of an anachronistic genre film upon its debut. Despite a production budget of $45 million, a moderate sum for a period spectacle, it’s likely that “The Last Voyage” will struggle to achieve theatrical success. Reviews have been lackluster, culminating in a 27% approval rating from leading critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences aren’t more enthusiastic, as Cinema Score’s survey of early ticket buyers assigns a middling grade of “B-.”
Adapted from a chapter of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” “The Last Voyage of the Demeter” narrates the plight of a merchant ship’s crew, who find themselves at the mercy of a vampire. Directed by André Øvredal (“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”), the cast includes Corey Hawkins, Aisling Franciosi, Liam Cunningham, and David Dastmalchian.
Barbie and Oppenheimer
The box office continues to be dominated by “Barbie,” as projections indicate that the fantasy comedy added $31.4 million from 4,178 locations during its fourth weekend, showing only a 41% decrease from the previous frame. Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” crossed the $1 billion global box office mark last week, marking Gerwig as the first solo female filmmaker to achieve a billion-dollar movie. With Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in the lead roles, the vibrant comedy exceeded $500 million domestically on Friday and is poised to become Warner Bros.’ top-grossing release ever in North America, without adjusting for inflation. Currently, “The Dark Knight” holds the record with $534 million.
Meanwhile, Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” earned an additional $5.1 million from 3,761 theaters on Friday, reflecting a 39% decline from the previous weekend. The Universal biographical drama is projected to accumulate $17.2 million for the weekend, a 41% drop from its previous outing, bringing its domestic ticket sales to $262 million.
In third place, Paramount Pictures’ “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” garnered $4 million from 3,950 locations on its second Friday, indicating a 56% decrease from its debut. The animated feature, produced by Nickelodeon Movies and Point Grey Productions, is on track for a $14.6 million three-day weekend, contributing to a domestic total surpassing $71.6 million.
Meg 2: The Trench” isn’t making significant waves at the domestic box office, as projections anticipate a mere $11.8 million from 3,604 theaters during its second weekend. This would signify a substantial 60% decline from its $30 million opening weekend, which had already marked a notable drop from the original film’s $45 million debut in 2018.
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