Furiosa and Garfield Are in a Virtual Tie for Disappointing Memorial Day Weekend Box Office

The Memorial Day weekend box office saw a virtual tie between George Miller's Mad Max prequel, Furiosa, and Sony's The Garfield Movie, based on the comic strip. Both movies were estimated to make roughly $31 million by the close of Monday, but projections put Furiosa slightly ahead by the end of Sunday with $25.6 million earned compared to Garfield's $24.8 million. Despite the tie, it was a disappointing turnout overall, with the weekend's ticket sales down significantly from those of the same weekend in 2022, and the lowest-earning top movie for Memorial Day since 1995's Casper.

Furiosa's estimated total is not enough to cover its $168 million production cost, and it will need international sales to boost its overall profits. Meanwhile, The Garfield Movie, which cost $60 million to make, has already made back its production cost with its domestic earnings and international sales, despite lukewarm critical reception.

Third place went to John Krasinski's family sci-fi adventure film IF, which earned $16.1 million in its second week of release. It is predicted to surpass $100 million worldwide by the close of Monday, with $98.7 million internationally thus far. In contrast, Amy Winehouse biopic Back to Black fell from 6th place to 10th place in its second week, adding only $1 million to its domestic total of $4.8 million.

Only four other movies earned more than $1 million over the holiday weekend. They were: Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes ($13.3 million), The Fall Guy ($5.9 million), The Strangers: Chapter 1 ($5.6 million), and Challengers ($1.4 million).

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