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Box Office: ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ Debuts at No. 1 with $23 Million

Vanessa Bayer, Dwayne Johnson, Jameela Jamil and Kevin Hart attend a premiere screening of ‘DC League Of Super Pets’ at The Grove, AMC 14 in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 13, 2022. REUTERS/Ringo Chiu/ File Photo

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LOS ANGELES, July 31 (Variety.com) — “DC League of Super-Pets,” an animated adventure about the furry friends of superheroes, opened in first place at the domestic box office with $23 million from of 4,313 cinemas.

Although the Warner Bros. sold enough tickets to dethrone Jordan Peele’s “Nope” on the North American charts, it’s a lackluster start considering the film’s $90 million price tag. Sure, the Legion of Super-Pets isn’t as recognizable as Superman or Aquaman, but “DC League of Super-Pets” might have resonated a little more with audiences given its affiliation with DC Comics and its his high-powered voice in Dwayne. Johnson and Kevin Hart.

Amid the pandemic, “DC League of Super-Pets” is yet another kid-friendly movie that struggled to impress on its box office debut. Films aimed at family audiences have been a mixed bag lately, which is concerning as this is a demographic that has always been a reliable source of income. In terms of opening-weekend earnings, “DC League of Super-Pets” came in behind Pixar’s “Lightyear,” which debuted at $51 million, and “Minions: The Rise of Gru.” ‘Universal, which opened at $107 million. But its debut is in line with other pandemic-era family films like “The Bad Guys” ($23.9 million), “Sing 2” ($22.3 million) and “Encanto.” from Disney ($27 million).

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However, “DC League of Super-Pets” doesn’t have much competition on the horizon, which could work to its advantage. This helps audiences love the film, which nabbed an “A-” CinemaScore.

“This is a moderate opener by the standards of animated series,” said David A. Gross, who runs film consultancy Franchise Entertainment Research. “Recently, several anime movies have extended their run to six weeks, generating healthy domestic multiples.”

As Gross notes, although several animated films got off to a slower start, many showed plenty of staying power at the box office. For example, “The Bad Guys” and “Encanto” each ended their theatrical releases with $96 million in North America. And “Sing 2” had particularly long legs, with $162 million.

This weekend’s other new domestic release, BJ Novak’s true-crime dark comedy “Vengeance,” barely cracked the top 10. The R-rated film opened as expected, grossing 1.75 million. dollars from 998 cinemas. Novak, who also wrote the screenplay, portrays a New York-based journalist and podcaster who travels to Texas to investigate the death of a girl he was only dating by chance. The well-reviewed “Vengeance” attracted predominantly male audiences (males made up 55% of ticket buyers), who gave the film a “B+” CinemaScore.

With “DC League of Super-Pets” easily winning the weekend, “Nope” slipped to second place with $18.5 million from 3,807 sites. So far, the UFO thriller – starring Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer – has grossed $80.5 million in North America. “Nope” has yet to open at the international box office.

Disney’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” took third place with $13.1 million from 3,650 locations in its fourth weekend in theaters. These ticket sales take the Marvel adventure past $300 million at the domestic box office, with a current total of $301 million. Internationally, the fourth film “Thor” grossed $361 million, bringing its worldwide total to $662 million.

“Minions: The Rise of Gru” landed in fourth place, grossing $10.8 million from 3,578 theaters on its fifth release. The latest episode of “Despicable Me” was one of the few kid-friendly hits at the pandemic box office, with ticket sales of $320 million in North America and $710 million worldwide.

Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick” rounded out the top five with $8.2 million in its 10th weekend of release. After two months on the big screen, Tom Cruise’s blockbuster has grossed $650 million at the domestic box office and has managed to stay in the top five of the weekend charts since Memorial Day weekend. Soon it will surpass “Titanic” ($659 million) and “Jurassic World” ($653 million) to become the seventh highest-grossing film in domestic box office history.

Elsewhere, A24’s multiverse adventure “Everything Everywhere All at Once” hit a major box office milestone, crossing $100 million in ticket sales worldwide. It is the first A24 film to achieve this benchmark at the box office. The film, which was re-released in domestic theaters over the weekend, became a sleeper hit, earning $68.9 million in the United States and another $31.1 million internationally.

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