BOX OFFICE: “Lyle” underwhelms, “Amsterdam” tanks, “Smile” grins out another win

Not an epic weekend for the first kids’ film since the over-performing “League of Super Pets,” which is destined to fall just shy of $100 million (under $94) thanks to having zero competition save for lingering “Minions” money for a month and a half.

Lyle Lyle Crocodile” is charming, earning just enough critical endorsements to entice parents but plainly not enough parents as it checked in with an $11.5 million opening

“Smile,” the seriously sinister but not nearly as scary as “Barbarian” horror tale that opened last weekend held onto audience share and interest and attention as it pulled in $17.6 million, a mere 22% drop off from its $22 million or so opening.

“Amsterdam” checked in with a $6.5 million opening, which means it’ll be the last time (after “Joy” preceded it) that we’ll see anybody give David O. Russell Margot Robbie and two Oscar winners money ($80 million budget? Really?) for an epic that isn’t quite.

Speaking of bombs, “Don’t Worry Darling” tailed off and fell well behind “The Woman King” on its second weekend of release, $3.475 second week that also saw it shed hundreds of screens.

“Woman King” has cleared the $53 million mark, with another $5 million+ weekend ($5.3).

“Avatar” has earned another $23.3 million, and counting, with its re-release, warming audiences up for the long-LONG awaited sequel.

“Bros” is disappearing faster than you can say “Has Lindsay Graham seen it yet?”

“Top Gun: Maverick” rejoined the top ten, edging “Bullet Train.”

Something called “Terrifier 2” ($825K) also sucked some of the horror BO away from “Barbarian,” which managed a mere $2.18, over $36 all-in and already way behind “Smile.”

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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