BOX OFFICE: And the winner is? “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On?”

A24’s little stop-motion animated movie based on the viral videos voiced by Jenny Slate and filmed by her ex-husband only opened in six theaters. And yet “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” pulled in $169k on this six (mostly New York) screens, averaging over $28K per screen.

So, maybe a wider release? Why not? “Lightyear” is bombing, and even if “Marcel” isn’t really aimed at kids, it’s cute enough to hold their attention.

The BIG releases “Elvis” and “Top Gun: Maverick” rolled to a $30.5 million (estimated) each tie. Mondays “actuals,” the final figures submitted by studios from the theater chains, will tell that tale.

Not bad for “Elvis,” another banner weekend for the Tom Cruise war-with-a-country-we-dare-not-name action pic. It’s over $512 million now, 15th best North American box office take EVER. It is, per Exhibitor Relations, the “first billion dollar (global) hit of Tom Cruise’s career.”

“Jurassic World Dominion” managed a $26.44 million weekend, dropping 55% from weekend two for its weekend three total.

“Lightyear” plummeted 65% in its second weekend, down to $17 million. Is it, as the wingnut media is crowing, “too woke,” having a same sex couple among the animated supporting players?

Maybe. Or maybe the general laugh-free script and joylessness of it all killed the word of mouth.

Blunhouse Univesal’s “The Black Phone” only cost $18 million, with Ethan Hawke as the only “name” in its cast. It earned $23.37 million on its opening weekend, and will be in the black by next weekend.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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