Box Office Update: ‘Mean Girls’ Musical and ‘The Beekeeper’ Lead MLK Weekend

‘Mean Girls’ Musical Shines, ‘The Beekeeper’ Follows Closely

Paramount’s ‘Mean Girls’ Takes the Lead

“Mean Girls,” the musical adaptation of the 2004 cult classic, is currently leading the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday box office. The Paramount film, which is a cinematic version of the Broadway musical, opened in 3,791 North American theaters. It’s projected to rake in an impressive $32 million domestically over the four-day weekend. The international markets contributed an additional $6.5 million, bringing the global tally to $37.5 million against a $36 million production budget.

The cast includes Angourie Rice, Reneé Rapp, Auli’i Cravalho, and Bebe Wood, with Tina Fey and Tim Meadows reprising their roles from the original film. “Mean Girls” has become a significant addition to the resurgence of Hollywood musicals, joining the ranks of “Wonka” and “The Color Purple.”

‘The Beekeeper’ Buzzes to Success

“The Beekeeper,” starring Jason Statham, exceeded expectations with a projected $19.1 million opening from 3,303 theaters. This action-packed Amazon/MGM film catered predominantly to a male audience, drawing significant attendance from men aged 25 and above.

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Other Box Office Highlights

  • “The Book of Clarence,” a biblical satire, experienced a disappointing opening, likely finishing outside the top 10 with an estimated haul of $2.5 million to $3 million.
  • Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” made its theatrical debut, earning around $525,000 over the holiday weekend.
  • “Godzilla Minus One” achieved a milestone as the top-grossing Japanese language film in North America, crossing the $50 million mark.
  • MGM and Amazon’s “American Fiction,” an awards contender, is set for a $2 million four-day holiday gross after expanding to 625 locations.
  • A24’s “Zone of Interest,” by Jonathan Glazer, showed promising numbers in limited release, earning an estimated $300,000 in 25 cinemas.

Final Thoughts

The MLK weekend box office showcased a variety of films, with musicals and action movies drawing significant audiences. “Mean Girls” and “The Beekeeper” led the charge, while “The Book of Clarence” and others faced challenges. For more insights and updates on the latest in film and TV, visit HITPLAY.

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