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‘Free Guy’ Tops North American Box Office Again

‘Free Guy’ Tops North American Box Office Again

Sci-fi comedy “Free Guy” slipped but did not trip over the weekend as it clung to the top spot in North American movie theaters with a haul of $18.5 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Monday.


The film, its release delayed a year by the Covid-19 pandemic, is a lighthearted yarn starring Ryan Reynolds as an Everyman bank teller who finds –- not unlike Jim Carrey’s character in “The Truman Show” — that he is a character in a huge video game and must save his friends from being deleted.

Family-friendly “Free Guy” was off from its $28 million opening weekend, but analysts said its result was impressive with Covid-19 still hanging over the industry and Tropical Storm Henri deterring moviegoers in the US Northeast. It has a healthy global take so far of $112 million.

In the second position, earning $13.1 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period was the new Paramount release “Paw Patrol: The Movie.” That was a respectable total, said, for a film aimed at young kids, who remain ineligible for Covid vaccines.

“Paw Patrol” tells the story of a boy named Ryder and the brave pups who help him save Adventure City from a colossally evil mayor.

The third spot went to Disney’s family adventure film “Jungle Cruise,” at $6.3 million. Its plot -– well, suffice it to say it is based on a theme-park ride.

Horror feature “Don’t Breathe 2,” from Sony, followed with a $5.1 million take in its second weekend. Starring Stephen Lang –- who has what website Rotten Tomatoes calls a “thrillingly imposing presence,” it revolves around a game of mass murder perpetrated by a blind veteran.

And in fifth place was United Artists’ biopic “Respect,” at $3.8 million. Grammy, Golden Globe, and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson star as queen of soul Aretha Franklin –- who reportedly picked Hudson for the role.

The Washington Post calls her portrayal a “kind of creative, even spiritual, mind-meld that sends a chill down the spine and a catch to the throat.”

Rounding out the top 10 were:
“The Suicide Squad” ($3.4 million)
“The Protégé” ($2.9 million)
“The Night House” ($2.9 million)
“Reminiscence” ($2 million)
“Old” ($1.1 million)

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