Big Names Beat The Batman

Stars' chemistry helps 'The Lost City' Take No. 1
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 27, 2022 4:55 PM CDT
Big Names Beat The Batman
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Sandra Bullock, left, and Channing Tatum in a scene from "The Lost City."   (Kimberley French/Paramount Pictures via AP)

(Newser) – Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum led the action-adventure comedy throwback The Lost City to a $31 million debut in US and Canadian theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, dethroning The Batman from the No. 1 spot the superhero film had held for most of March. The Lost City relied on the relatively old-fashioned concept of star power to propel the Paramount Pictures release above expectations at the box office, the AP reports. The chemistry between Bullock and Tatum helped make the film, directed by the brothers Adam and Aaron Nee, an appealing romantic-comedy diversion with shades of 1984's Romancing the Stone.

The Indian epic “RRR" ("Rise Roar Revolt") opened with $9.5 million in 1,200 North American theaters, one of the largest releases ever for a movie from India. S.S. Rajamouli's period film about two revolutionaries debuted the same time in India. There's no centralized box-office reporting there, but “RRR" was expected to be one of the country's biggest blockbusters. For the first time this year, the release calendar is about to get consistently busy. The coming weeks will see the releases of Morbius, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, The Bad Guys, and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. All are opening exclusively in theaters.

Below are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

  1. The Lost City, $31 million.
  2. The Batman, $20.5 million.
  3. RRR, $9.5 million.
  4. Uncharted, $5 million.
  5. Jujutsu Kaisen 0, $4.6 million.
  6. X, $2.2 million.
  7. Dog, $2.1 million.
  8. Spider-Man: No Way Home, $2 million.
  9. Sing 2, $1.3 million.
  10. Infinite Storm, $751,000.
(Read more box office stories.)

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