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We Thought Last Week Was Scary for the Box Office. It Only Got Much Worse. – The Central Observer
We Thought Last Week Was Scary for the Box Office. It Only Got Much Worse.
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We Thought Last Week Was Scary for the Box Office. It Only Got Much Worse.

Welcome to another weekly installment of Couch Potato, where I go over what went down on the big and small screens so you can be a better-informed viewer.

The box office is really celebrating spooky season to the fullest, as the totals were scarily low this week. James Wan is still celebrating his win, though not the most impressive one, as The Nun II remained number one at the box office for a third straight week in a row. It added another $8.4 million to its total, with an impressive 42% drop. Meanwhile, Expend4bles didn’t even try to compete as it debuted in second place with an abysmal $8.3 million at the box office. Finally, speaking of movies that didn’t even seem to try, A Haunting in Venice, continued its poor performance from last week, only adding $6.3 million to its whopping two-week total of $25.3 million to round out the “Top of the Top 10.” Meanwhile, Dumb Money, which continued its very limited release, was only able to find an additional $2.5 million, continuing to paint a pessimistic outlook for its wide release this week. 

In somewhat exciting news, Barbie and Oppenheimer continue to perform in the Top 10, as their marathon just doesn’t seem to stop. Oppenheimer is looking like it’s going to come criminally short of crossing the billion-dollar mark, but it’s still quite an impressive run for Christopher Nolan and company. Barbie is well into the $1.4 billion range at this point, but it looks like her ascension in the domestic and global charts is likely coming to an end as the next highest entries are simply too far removed for her to catch up. 

Let’s move on to streaming, where there’s at least a little bit of optimism. Love at First Sight was able to snag first place upon its debut with over 14 million views. Adam Sandler’s daughter’s career seems to be officially launched as You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah continues its impressive run in second place this week, with another 4 million views being added to its total. Finally, Woody Woodpecker, who had been in the Top 10 last week, climbed its way to the “Top of the Top 10” in third place as prime babysitting content with 3.5 million views of its own. Interestingly, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch enjoyed its second week in the Top 10, only losing out to Woody Woodpecker by about 100,000 views, so expect to see it regularly ranking as people get ready to enjoy some cheer. Though, it’s likely a bit too early for it to be in the “Top of the Top 10” anytime soon. 

When it comes to streaming, One Piece continues to enjoy its dominance on the charts adding another 75 million hours viewed to its total to help it claim the number one spot. It continues to hold off impressive competitor Virgin River’s most recent season but only just barely, as that had 73 million hours viewed of its own. It’s clearly those two’s show (pun intended), though, as Who is Erin Carter? rounded out the “Top of the Top 10” but with only 22 million hours viewed. So, they’ve both got quite a bit of distance on their competition. 

Next week, I’ll report to you on whether Jigsaw still has a few games left in him, as Saw X hopes to take the box office by storm. If not that, then perhaps either science-fiction with The Creator or babysitting content with PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie will be able to shake things up a bit. Dumb Money also officially goes wide, but I wouldn’t hold your breath on that one. We will see if any of these can finally knock The Nun II out of first place, as it won’t be too complicated of a task at that point. 

Stay tuned for that, and until next time, happy viewing!

 

Special to The Central Observer, Elton Allen

About the Author

Elton Allen is thrilled to be a contributing author on The Central Observer.  As a proud native of Central Jersey, he looks forward to getting to help out a publication based right out of his backyard. He proudly runs the Couch Potato Corner and our Health & Wellness section. His professional writing background spans nearly a decade and covers a variety of industries, including healthcare, marketing, career counseling, entertainment, and more.

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