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Family films rule as The Bad Guys, Sonic 2, and Fantastic Beasts 3 top the box office

Family films rule as The Bad Guys, Sonic 2, and Fantastic Beasts 3 top the box office 2

DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys topped the box office this weekend with an impressive $24M from 4,009 theaters in its domestic debut for a global total of $87.1M.

Pierre Perifel’s $69M-budget feature directorial debut amassed the mother demographic, with 56% of the audience being female and 62% of them surveyed as mothers – according to Deadline.

The kids’ caper about criminal animals ‘reforming’ themselves currently holds a ‘certified fresh’ 85% critic approval rating (out of 123 reviews) and a 93% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Kids caper! DreamWorks Animation's The Bad Guys topped the box office this weekend with an impressive $24M from 4,009 theaters in its domestic debut for a global total of $87.1M

Kids caper! DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys topped the box office this weekend with an impressive $24M from 4,009 theaters in its domestic debut for a global total of $87.1M

The Bad Guys – based on Aaron Blabey’s graphic novel series (2015-2022) – features the voices of Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Craig Robinson, Awkwafina, Zazie Beetz, Lilly Singh, and Alex Borstein.

Following close behind was Paramount Pictures’ live-action/animated sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which earned $15.2M domestically from 3,809 theaters in its third week for a global total of $287.8M.

Jeff Fowler’s $90M-budget movie – based on the Sega video game franchise – stars Jim Carrey, Idris Elba, James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Colleen O’Shaughnessey, Tika Sumpter, and Shemar Moore.

Sonic 2 currently holds a 67% critic approval rating (out of 152 reviews) and a 96% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

85% on Rotten Tomatoes! Pierre Perifel's $69M-budget feature directorial debut amassed the mother demographic, with 56% of the audience being female and 62% of them surveyed as mothers

85% on Rotten Tomatoes! Pierre Perifel’s $69M-budget feature directorial debut amassed the mother demographic, with 56% of the audience being female and 62% of them surveyed as mothers

Suicide Squad for children: The Bad Guys - based on Aaron Blabey's graphic novel series (2015-2022) - features the voices of Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Craig Robinson, Awkwafina, Zazie Beetz, Lilly Singh, and Alex Borstein

Suicide Squad for children: The Bad Guys – based on Aaron Blabey’s graphic novel series (2015-2022) – features the voices of Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Craig Robinson, Awkwafina, Zazie Beetz, Lilly Singh, and Alex Borstein

No. 2 spot: Following close behind was Paramount Pictures' live-action/animated sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which earned $15.2M domestically from 3,809 theaters in its third week for a global total of $287.8M

No. 2 spot: Following close behind was Paramount Pictures’ live-action/animated sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which earned $15.2M domestically from 3,809 theaters in its third week for a global total of $287.8M

67% on Rotten Tomatoes: Jeff Fowler's $90M-budget movie - based on the Sega video game franchise - stars Jim Carrey (pictured), Idris Elba, James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Tika Sumpter, and Shemar Moore

67% on Rotten Tomatoes: Jeff Fowler’s $90M-budget movie – based on the Sega video game franchise – stars Jim Carrey (pictured), Idris Elba, James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Colleen O’Shaughnessey, Tika Sumpter, and Shemar Moore

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore took third place with $14M from 4,245 domestic theaters in its second week for a global total of $280.3M.

It was a sharp 67% decline for David Yates’ Wizarding World three-quel, likely mostly due to the dismal 47% critic approval rating (out of 199 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes.

Fantastic Beasts 3 stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Dan Fogler, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Katherine Waterston, Mads Mikkelsen, and the troubled Ezra Miller.

Fourth place went to Focus Features’ $70M-budget violent revenge thriller The Northman, which debuted strongly with $12M from 3,234 theaters for a global total of $23.5M.

Ouch! Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore took third place with $14M from 4,245 domestic theaters in its second week for a global total of $280.3M

Ouch! Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore took third place with $14M from 4,245 domestic theaters in its second week for a global total of $280.3M

Bad word of mouth? It was a sharp 67% decline for David Yates' Wizarding World three-quel, likely mostly due to the dismal 47% critic approval rating (out of 199 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes

Bad word of mouth? It was a sharp 67% decline for David Yates’ Wizarding World three-quel, likely mostly due to the dismal 47% critic approval rating (out of 199 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes

Abs-olutely fabulous! Fourth place went to Focus Features' $70M-budget violent revenge thriller The Northman, which debuted strongly with $12M from 3,234 theaters for a global total of $23.5M

Abs-olutely fabulous! Fourth place went to Focus Features’ $70M-budget violent revenge thriller The Northman, which debuted strongly with $12M from 3,234 theaters for a global total of $23.5M

89% on Rotten Tomatoes! Director Robert Eggers calls his movie the 'most authentic Viking film ever made' and it stars Nicole Kidman (pictured), Alexander Skarsgård, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe

89% on Rotten Tomatoes! Director Robert Eggers calls his movie the ‘most authentic Viking film ever made’ and it stars Nicole Kidman (pictured), Alexander Skarsgård, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe

Director Robert Eggers calls his movie the ‘most authentic Viking film ever made’ and it currently boasts a ‘certified fresh’ 89% critic approval rating (out of 252 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes.

Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgård, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe star in the Hamlet-style mystical epic.

Lionsgate’s Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent took fifth place by earning $7.1M out of 3,036 theaters in its domestic debut.

Not bad! Lionsgate's Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent took fifth place by earning $7.1M out of 3,036 theaters in its domestic debut

Not bad! Lionsgate’s Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent took fifth place by earning $7.1M out of 3,036 theaters in its domestic debut

88% on Rotten Tomatoes! Nicolas Cage (R) plays a fictionalized version of himself in Tom Gormican's $30M-budget action comedy alongside Pedro Pascal (L), Tiffany Haddish, Demi Moore, and Neil Patrick Harris

88% on Rotten Tomatoes! Nicolas Cage (R) plays a fictionalized version of himself in Tom Gormican’s $30M-budget action comedy alongside Pedro Pascal (L), Tiffany Haddish, Demi Moore, and Neil Patrick Harris

$5.4M this weekend! Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were Everything Everywhere All at Once (pictured), The Lost City, Father Stu, Morbius, and Ambulance

$5.4M this weekend! Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were Everything Everywhere All at Once (pictured), The Lost City, Father Stu, Morbius, and Ambulance

Nicolas Cage plays a fictionalized version of himself in Tom Gormican’s $30M-budget action comedy alongside Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish, Demi Moore, and Neil Patrick Harris.

Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent currently holds a ‘certified fresh’ 88% critic approval rating and 87% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were Everything Everywhere All at Once ($5.4M), The Lost City ($4.3M), Father Stu ($3.3M), Morbius ($2.2M), and Ambulance ($1.8M).

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