FURIOSA Faces Tough Competition From THE GARFIELD MOVIE In Worst Memorial Day Weekend In Nearly 30 Years

FURIOSA Faces Tough Competition From THE GARFIELD MOVIE In Worst Memorial Day Weekend In Nearly 30 Years FURIOSA Faces Tough Competition From THE GARFIELD MOVIE In Worst Memorial Day Weekend In Nearly 30 Years

The latest box office numbers are in for Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga and The Garfield Movie, and the race to the finish line will be much closer than expected. Find details on that, and CinemaScores, here...

By JoshWilding - May 26, 2024 11:05 AM EST
Filed Under: Mad Max
Source: SFFGazette.com

If you'd expected Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga to race away from The Garfield Movie with ease at the U.S. box office this long Memorial Day weekend, guess again. According to Deadline (via SFFGazette.com), they're in a dead heat of $31 million over four days and $25 million over three days. 

One will ultimately emerge with the win but, as we write this, it's simply too soon to tell.

Critics sunk their claws into The Garfield Movie, something that's evident from its 37% Rotten Tomatoes score. In contrast, Furiosa is "Certified Fresh" at 89%. 

Unfortunately, no matter who wins, it appears theaters will once again lose. This is the lowest opening for a Memorial Day weekend in 29 years (when Casper opened with a mere $22 million in 1995).

Where did it go wrong? The trade believes Warner Bros. Discovery waited too long to start hyping Furiosa, with the last leg of the marketing campaign not kicking off until late May. Other insiders believe Anya Taylor-Joy simply isn't the draw that Charlize Theron was when Mad Max: Fury Road was released in 2015, though that seems a little unfair when MCU veteran Chris Hemsworth is co-starring.

As for The Garfield Movie's struggles, we can likely blame the negative reviews (parents with excited children are unlikely to care, but animation fans will undoubtedly take note of them).

Interestingly enough, that and Furiosa have received the same CinemaScore from moviegoers, suggesting neither have blown them away.

As the world fell, young Furiosa is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and falls into the hands of a great Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus. Sweeping through the Wasteland, they come across the Citadel presided over by The Immortan Joe. While the two Tyrants war for dominance, Furiosa must survive many trials as she puts together the means to find her way home.

Anya Taylor-Joy stars in the title role, and along with Chris Hemsworth as Dementus, the film also stars Alyla Browne and Tom Burke.

Miller penned the script with Mad Max: Fury Road co-writer Nico Lathouris. The filmmaker has enlisted an impressive creative team, including several of his longtime collaborators (including costume designer Jenny Beavan and makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt, both of whom won an Oscar for their work on Fury Road).

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is now playing in theaters.

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vectorsigma - 5/26/2024, 11:09 AM
The box office is anemic this year. Are you guys sure D&W will reach $1B?
TheMetaMan - 5/26/2024, 11:24 AM
@vectorsigma - Willing to bet money on it. If I’m not mistaken Spider-Man No way home was the first billion dollar hit in general for any studio post pandemic. It brought the general masses back to theatres. I know Spider-Man has universal appeal but Deadpool & Wolverine aren’t that far behind in terms of popularity. The movie has many advantages that will ensure it’s billion dollar success. Most notably Hugh Jackman returning as wolverine, the assortment of star-studded cameos, 3D & IMAX formats plus the Chinese market, all these qualities will catapult it into the billion dollar region. It’s not facing any stiff competition from any other studio movie as far as I’m aware, it’s also the type of movie that will have solid replay value. I’m already going to see it at least three times. The previous two Deadpool entries grossed $700-750 million worldwide. Do the math, an extra $300 mil isn’t exactly a hard mountain to climb.
DrReedRichards - 5/26/2024, 11:34 AM
@TheMetaMan -

SM:NWH made that money during Christmas, mate. Totally different market and far less competition. @vectorsigma is not wrong to be worried. I'm not seeing D&W reach that billie either, regardless of how much we fans want it to.
TheMetaMan - 5/26/2024, 11:46 AM
@DrReedRichards - It will gross a billion just trust me on this one. Fiege, Disney & co wouldn’t have gone to this effort in bringing back Hugh J if they didn’t think it would make a billion. Regardless of the season (Xmas period) or marketplace, nostalgia has proven to be a lucrative cash cow strategy for the studios. Don’t believe me? Check Top Gun Maverick. Highest grossing film of 2022 (before Avatar). If a sequel to a film made a billion dollars, a sequel that nobody wanted including myself then DP & Wolverine is gonna make a killing at the BO. It’s plain sailing for Disney. Still don’t believe me? Ok wait and see in July. Like Wolverine’s claws, the movie will slash and slice its way to a billion dollars.
marvel72 - 5/26/2024, 11:55 AM
@vectorsigma - I believe it's has the best chance of reaching a billion, maybe Joker 2.
vectorsigma - 5/26/2024, 1:04 PM
@DrReedRichards @TheMetaMan @marvel72 -

The box office has been really weird as of late. At one time, we get good results but mostly, especially post pandemic, films are struggling to get numbers which were the norm pre pandemic.

Here are some factors that might affect D&W imo

- cameos are not as a big deal to most people as we hope them to be. MoM showed that to us
- Marvel is really struggling to get back to form (latest movie, The Marvels failed miserably)
- no competition might be a bad thing (Berbenheimer)
- top level talent is not an assurance (IF)
- some wait for streaming (The Fall Guy did it VERY early after poor numbers)
TheMetaMan - 5/26/2024, 1:46 PM
@vectorsigma - Solid analysis on the current marketplace. You made some valid points.
We do live in strange times and the world is constantly changing. I do believe the death of cinema is upon us. There are several contributing factors (steaming services) but I’ll say this. In 2024 the film that will most likely gross one billion dollars is Deadpool & Wolverine. The Joker 2 is also a good possibility but I think the original’s billion dollar run was a fluke seeing as it was pre-pandemic. Venom 3? Nah mate. Trap? I don’t think M. Night Shyamalan has ever had a billion dollar hit on his hands before. Regardless of how good the film will be it’s highly unlikely it will set the box office ablaze. Gladiator 2 is not grossing a billion let’s be real neither is Alien Romulus.
Which basically gives Deadpool & Wolverine a clean slate and the canvas to make an absolute killing. Correct me if I’m wrong but Disney might be the only studio who have a track record of billion dollar hits under their belt. Deadpool & Wolverine will be no exception. As far as Fiege is concerned, this movie will be the first billion dollar “marvel” hit since NWH. In his eyes this is a master stroke.
Itwasme - 5/26/2024, 2:02 PM
@vectorsigma - there's also a slower release schedule from the strikes. People may get in that situation where when they see one film they are likely to see another. Who knows though.

I expect we'll start seeing significant consolidation among the studios. That's what happened in music when streaming it. We went from 9 majors to 3.
dragon316 - 5/26/2024, 2:50 PM
@vectorsigma - people say that is something I have see to believe people say numbers all time wasn’t there movie out that numbers critics rotten tomatoes said will fail and underperform and that movie shit them up turned be successful forgot name of it
dragon316 - 5/26/2024, 2:54 PM
@TheMetaMan - Deadpool and wolverine does make billion it shows marvel and Kevin are desperate to have success and hope go down from there they think they can bring marvel fans having actor play someone they like over years for one final time hope there other movies tv shows will be big hit after that have fans see Deadpool and wolverine forget about bad stuff marvel has made
TheMetaMan - 5/26/2024, 3:17 PM
@dragon316 - Yep what you wrote pretty much lines up with their agenda for billion dollar aspirations. Nostalgia is a lucrative strategy that has proven to be effective for them up until now. Deadpool & Wolverine might be the most obvious cash grab of the century. I guess we will just have to wait and see.
bobevanz - 5/26/2024, 3:19 PM
Since most of you won't see it in theaters and would rather wait to watch it on your 50" TCL with TV speakers
bobevanz - 5/26/2024, 3:23 PM
@TheMetaMan - cinema isn't dying, people like you have been saying this since the beta max era. Studios actually need movie theaters believe it or not, just like a baseball team needs a stadium. Covid changed some things and they had to change the release window, eventually they'll catch on. Nolan made Universal keep Oppenheimer in theaters until the physical copy went on sale, with no early digital release. You see the result, it forced people to see it. That's how is used to be, that's what it'll go back to. Cinema isn't dead 🤡
TheMetaMan - 5/26/2024, 3:36 PM
@bobevanz - I’ve worked at cinemas and I work in the film and tv industry. Therefore I don’t argue with a fool like you who’s opinion is nothing but pure contempt for me because no one’s actually reading your comments so you have to hate on mines. You write like my seven year old son when he’s mad at daddy. Are you mad that I didn’t respond to your comments so you have to resort to this level of indignity? Grow up and learn some respect. If you want to argue at least be smart about it. Nothing you said was valid to me. No this is a personal attack on me because you are insecure, jealous and irrelevant on this thread. Try harder, you can cry harder too if you like, you’ll get my pity. 🤡
EgoEgor - 5/28/2024, 4:56 PM
@vectorsigma - there's just so much competition now for movies. Sometimes people would rather wait till streaming, till then they got video games, tiktok and social media platforms, youtube, streaming content with movies and shows. And things are just expensive on top of that. I think studios need to make more smaller movies but they've really conditioned the audience with 150 million dollar cgi films. It's gonna be tough for DnW.
vectorsigma - 5/28/2024, 9:30 PM
@EgoEgor - yeah, just look at the fall guy, i was really surprised it was released on streaming right away.

Films need some unique conditions to get to 1B now.
thewanderer - 5/26/2024, 11:09 AM
I kind of feel Hemsworth’s team is letting him down. I wouldn’t be shocked if his fan base is as much women as it is men, but his non-Marvel movies keep being movies geared more towards men and aren’t getting mass appeal from the majority of his fanbase.
Taonrey - 5/26/2024, 10:31 PM
@thewanderer - Mad Max was never really a big Fran franchise, even fury road only did like $300m+ on a 180m budget. I think the action genre is where Hemsworth should be(extraction) I do think he has a bad agent even though Furiosa is a decent movie
videovac - 5/28/2024, 7:18 AM
"I think the action genre is where Hemsworth should be" - @Taonrey

The phuck you think Mad Max is?
Taonrey - 5/28/2024, 2:14 PM
@videovac - The phuck makes you think I was saying it wasn’t? I was literally responding to someone who says Hemsworth agent is letting him down and not catering to his female fanbase.
harryba11zack - 5/26/2024, 11:09 AM
HA ha?
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JackBurton1 - 5/26/2024, 11:22 AM
@harryba11zack - The odds are very....low men are not going to spend money on seeing a boss girl action film...it's just the simple .The soy boys will...but men on their own won't and the ones who go to the movies with their wife or gf won't be spending money on an action movie because the female doesn't want to see action movies.

The Alien franchise is a rare type of thing...
Gizmoduck - 5/26/2024, 11:45 AM
@jst5 - furiosa was a good character in a mad max film....i just dont care about who she is other than that. i watched that film for mad max, not his costars.

Did we care about who Auntie Entity was in Beyond Thunderdome?
JackBurton1 - 5/26/2024, 5:05 PM
@Gizmoduck - Correct...those are good side characters but they can't drive a film.The Ellen Ripley action charactes are few and far between as far as main characters.Hollywood is tanking movies by going down this path.

The data hasn't changed...tons of men love action and sci-fi films...tons of women like the romantic type films.

xfan320 - 5/26/2024, 11:13 AM
The audience is acting out with their wallets.

Hollywood studios need to just DO BETTER.

We're becoming self-aware!
clintthahamster - 5/26/2024, 11:16 AM
@xfan320 - Are you talking about Furiosa? It has 89% from critics and 91% from audiences on RT. That's pretty good.
JackBurton1 - 5/26/2024, 11:24 AM
@xfan320 - Boss girl movies,the gender and race change mess,and preaching political messages in films have Hollywood on life support.Probably too far down the hole to be saved.
HashTagSwagg - 5/26/2024, 11:27 AM
@xfan320 - Easy there Captain Falcon.
xfan320 - 5/26/2024, 12:24 PM
@HashTagSwagg - I don't understand the reference.

Glad to see people are so easily triggered.
xfan320 - 5/26/2024, 12:28 PM
@clintthahamster - yeah, well I've seen it for myself and found it to be kinda unnecessary in terms of it's existence in the Mad Max franchise. However, it was a decent movie and acts as an "interesting" companion piece to Fury Road.

I just wish George Miller told a new story instead of revisiting all the old bits from the last movie.
LSHF - 5/26/2024, 2:40 PM
@xfan320 - Yes, I don't want to see the same story again.
EgoEgor - 5/28/2024, 5:01 PM
@xfan320 - this is a good movie, made with effort and detail. But sometimes movies like this have to pay the price of previous missteps.

Box office for this doesn't really matter, as I don't see Miller making another Mad Max film.

I do agree though, this shouldn't have been a prequel. Another film with Charlize and/or Tom Hardy would have been my preference.
clintthahamster - 5/26/2024, 11:15 AM
#GARFURIOSA. Make it happen.
dracula - 5/26/2024, 12:30 PM
@clintthahamster - #FURFIELD
FireandBlood - 5/26/2024, 11:19 AM
Furiosa only got made because Fury Road was a critical darling. It was never going to make money.
marvel72 - 5/26/2024, 2:30 PM
@FireandBlood - So why make it?
FireandBlood - 5/26/2024, 2:58 PM
@marvel72 - For the fans.
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