Action Comedy “Fall Guy” Stumbles while “Star Wars – Episode 1” Flies at the Weekend Box Office

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The numbers for the latest weekend box office are in. Ryan Gosling’s latest action comedy flick Fall Guy failed to post an impressive debut while fans helped give the re-release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace more money.

As far as my opinion is concerned, I’m not surprised by Fall Guy underperforming in such a manner at the box office. The movie debuted at approximately $28.5 million, just a tad behind the $30 million industry projection. That’s not good when you learn about the estimated $150 million production budget. The current worldwide gross stands at $65.4 million.

Fall Guy was able to get an 87% Audience and an 84% Critic Score on Rotten Tomatoes. So, while I don’t see it making big bucks at the box office down the line, it will likely do well when it hits home release soon.

For those wondering, yes, I did watch the Gosling and Emily Blunt-starring Fall Guy. Directed by David Leitch and written by Drew Pearce, it sure was… something.

It didn’t even motivate me to create a quick ’10 Points or Less’ video review over on The Geekiary’s TikTok. I found the movie to just be, ‘Meh!’

Don’t get me wrong. I like Gosling. I think he’s a very talented actor. However, I also feel that it might be time for him to realize that the audience at large doesn’t want to see him as an action star, even if said action is in a comedy movie with romantic elements. I personally prefer Gosling as a full-on rom-com lead. And I think others do too.

In some positive news, Star Wars fans showed up for the re-release of Star Wars The Phantom Menace. Originally coming out back in 1999, Star Wars – Episode 1 collected around $8 million, securing second place on the latest weekend box office list. The all-time gross (as of now) has surpassed $1 billion.

The re-release had a four-minute special of the upcoming The Acolyte live-action Disney+ series. The show is supposed to debut come June 4, 2024.

Challengers came in third after seeing a 49% drop during the second week to collect around $7.6 million. And while I enjoyed watching the queer-inclusive tennis drama, the current worldwide gross of approx. $52 million isn’t helping against the movie’s surprising $55 million production budget. Like, where did all of that production money go? Because I didn’t see most of it on the screen.

The new supernatural horror release Tarot had an estimated debut of $6.5 million. The movie has been co-directed and co-written by Spenser Cohen and Anna Halberg. It stars Harriet Slater, Adain Bradley, Avantika Vandanapu, and more.

The highly enjoyable Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire continues to print money. It collected around $4.5 million at the box office, pushing the current global gross to more than $546 million. I want another installment so bad!

Unfortunately, the horror comedy Abigail hasn’t been doing well. The film collected approx. $2.5 million during its third week of release. The worldwide gross stands at around $34 million. I have my fingers crossed that it does well as a home release. It’s so good! 

Here’s the entire Top 10 for the latest box office:

  1. Fall Guy – $28.5 million
  2. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – $8 million
  3. Challengers – $7.6 million
  4. Tarot – $6.5 million
  5. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire – $4.5 million
  6. Civil War – $3.5 million
  7. Unsung Hero – $3 million
  8. Kung Fu Panda 4 – $2.4 million
  9. Abigail – $2.3 million
  10. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire – $1.8 million

Did you watch Fall Guy? Why did you think it underperformed?

Let us know.

(via Deadline)

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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