Ryan Gosling Led ‘The Fall Guy’ Grabs Only $3 Million In Previews, Another Disaster Incoming?

Universal’s star-studded “The Fall Guy,” featuring Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt, debuted with $3.15 million from Thursday previews and Wednesday screenings. This opening weekend of May holds a mixed bag for Hollywood studios, with a new action-romance underperforming expectations and a horror film tracking towards modest returns.

Everything aside, Industry analysts predict a total opening weekend haul of $35 million, potentially reaching $40 million for Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt led ‘The Fall Guy‘. This falls short of the typical summer blockbuster launch, attributed to recent production delays caused by strikes impacting the release schedule. Despite the lower-than-expected opening, the film boasts a solid 85% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is receiving a wide release across 4,002 theaters, including premium formats. The studio is hopeful that positive reviews, strategic marketing targeting female audiences, and the nostalgic 1970s/80s action vibes will draw moviegoers throughout the coming weeks.

The Fall Guy‘ Is Not The Only One In Trouble!

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While ‘The Fall Guy‘ is already suffering on box office, other projects from different IP’s and companies are all set to bring a lot of twists and a gentle storm in your nearby theatres. Sony/Screen Gems’ “Tarot,” a horror film aimed at a young female demographic, opened softly with $715,000 on Thursday from 4 pm showtimes. Made for a budget of $8 million, the studio anticipates a modest opening of $5 million to $6 million. While the film targets a specific audience, its low 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes could dampen interest.

In a counterpoint to the new releases, Disney re-released “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film and “May the Fourth” (Star Wars Day). Advance sales for the re-release have been strong, with the movie playing in a wide domestic release of 2,600 theaters, including premium formats. The performance of the 40th-anniversary re-release of “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” last year ($5.1 million for a 3-day period) might provide a benchmark. Disney is further boosting interest by adding an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming Disney+ series “Star Wars: The Acolyte.”

Among ongoing releases, Amazon MGM Studios’ “Challengers” starring Zendaya concluded its first week with a domestic gross of $21.8 million. Lionsgate’s “Unsung Hero” took the second-place spot for the week with $10.1 million. Legendary/Warner Bros’ “Godzilla vs Kong: The New Empire” continues its strong performance in its fifth week, reaching a total cume of $183.5 million domestically. Rounding out the highlights, Alex Garland’s “Civil War” distributed by A24 finished its third week with a domestic total of $9 million.

The coming weeks will be crucial for both new releases and ongoing films as Hollywood adjusts to the post-strike release schedule and audiences settle into their summer movie-going habits. I will cover everything about this interesting state and competition of box office, so stick around the corner with TVPrism. We also brings you some of the most exciting, engaging, deeply analyzed and original content related to everything TV and of-course your favorite celebrities. Till then – stay safe, peace out!

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