Warner Brothers had no clue how to sell the screwy, blundering “Malignant” and gave up on it. James Wan has a big old bomb on his hands, a $5.5 million opening weekend, a dog by every measure. Horror movies are usually a reliable $15 million up opening weekend genre.
The “Candyman” reboot earned almost as much, $4.8 million, but on its third weekend. It will clear the $50 million mark (not great, not yet) by midweek.
“Free Guy” cleared another $5.8, it’s fifth weekend and now it’s over $101 million. That was good enough for a second place finish.
“The Card Counter” also got little support from its distributor, only pulled in $1.1 million despite getting good reviews.
That put it behind the $1.2 million “Don’t Breathe 2” managed.
That’s half what “Paw Patrol” picked up on its latest weekend ($2.2).