‘Uncharted’ tops the North American box office | Showbiz


“Uncharted” starring Tom Holland grossed about $44.2 million for the Friday-Sunday period and a projected $51 million when Monday is included, Exhibitor Relations said. — Screenshot via YouTube/Sony Pictures Entertainment

LOS ANGELES, February 21 — New Sony adventure film Unexplored soared to the top of the North American box office this weekend in the biggest opening of the year so far, industry watchers reported yesterday.

The Tom Holland-starring film grossed around US$44.2 million (RM185 million) for the Friday-Sunday period and a screening of US$51 million when Monday – a public holiday in the US – is included, said Exhibitor Relations.

Based on a PlayStation video game and more successful among viewers than critics, Unexplored features Holland as a bartender-turned-treasure-hunter who, along with Mark Wahlberg, sets out to find a fortune allegedly lost by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago.

Also new is Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s buddy comedy Dogalso got off to a healthy start, grossing US$15.1 million for the three-day period and US$18.1 million for four.

Starring and co-directed by Channing Tatum (with Reid Carolin, who wrote the magic mike movies), Dog tells the story of an Army Ranger recovering from a brain injury who agrees to lead Lulu, a dog injured while working with the army in Afghanistan, to his master’s funeral.

Dogwhich was generally well reviewed, was Tatum’s first live-action starring role in five years.

Tom Holland and Sony had a particularly good weekend, also taking third place with the enduring success of the blockbuster Spider-Man: No Coming Home.

It grossed US$7.2 million for three days (US$8.8 million for four) and is the third highest-grossing domestic release of all time.

Slipping three spots from last weekend, when it topped the box office, was the murder mystery of the 20th century Death on the Nilebased on a 1937 novel by Agatha Christie.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh – who plays Belgian detective Hercule Poirot with the elaborate mustache – it cost $6.3 million for three days ($7.2 million for four). Spoiler alert: the mustache has its own story.

And in fifth place was Paramount Fooled forever, which grossed US$5.2 million (US$6.2 million), dropping from second place last weekend. The crude and irreverent comedy stars Johnny Knoxville (a co-producer) and his merry pranksters.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

Marry me ($3.7 million for three days; $4.3 million for four)

Sing 2 ($2.8m; $3.8m)

Yell ($2 million; $2.3 million)

Black light ($1.8m; $2.1m)

Cursed ($1.7m; $1.9m) – AFP

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