‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ reached the highest box office target.
The Lionsgate movie starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek topped the UAE box office, according to Vox Cinemas, while also grossing $ 11.6 million in the US for the number one spot in its debut to achieve.
The action comedy is the sequel to the breakthrough hit ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ in 2017.
The ‘Hitman’ sequel carved out ‘A Quiet Place Part II’, which took second place in its fourth weekend of release. The Paramount horror thriller, starring Emily Blunt and directed by John Krasinski, earned $ 9.4 million in the US. The film became the first of the $ 100 million pandemic era in the US.
In the UAE, ‘A Quiet Place: Part II’ also took second place, followed by the animated film ‘Luca’.
Meanwhile, Jon M. Chu director ‘In the Heights’ was still struggling. The adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical dropped a few slots to sixth in the United States over the weekend and did not appear in the top 10 list for the UAE.
The Warner Bros. movie grossed more than $ 4.2 million in the U.S., down 63 percent from the previous week. The highly acclaimed music film was recently proclaimed for its lack of black fields, starring black Latinos.
However, Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore, believes the film is a victim of high expectations. He said that musicals often take a while to develop an audience.
“There were so many things going on with this film,” Dergarabedian said. “There were very high expectations when it opened last weekend. And because of the strong reviews, I think there were some too many expectations. With the big projections, people were emotionally attached to the film. The box office projections are overblown. It set unrealistic expectations. ”
‘Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway’ took third place in the US box office with $ 6.1 million, while ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ took fourth place with $ 5.15 million. It barely has the Emma Stone-led ‘Cruella’, which finishes fifth with $ 5.1 million.
While ‘Fast and Furious 9’ only opened in the United Arab Emirates this weekend in the United States, the film has been repairing the box office since May. The film reached fifth place in the UAE, earned almost $ 300 million internationally and parked itself just behind ‘Cruella’.