Chris Pratt is having a successful spring.

Several new movies have made their way into theaters across the country this weekend, from a light-hearted trip to Italy with Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton and Mary Steenbergen to a detective thriller starring Ben Affleck. However, the top two spots were once again taken by Marvel and Mario.

The second weekend of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” added $60.5 million from North American theaters, according to studio estimates on Sunday. That’s a slight drop of 49% from its opening, which is rare for big superhero movies that tend to charge first and have big second-weekend drops of 60% or more. Being Marvel’s smallest drop since the start of the pandemic, it also answers the “superhero fatigue “A question that some raised last weekend. Including $91.9 million from international showings, “Vol. 3” has already grossed over $528.8 million worldwide.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie came in second with $13 million in its sixth weekend, bringing its domestic total to $536 million. Families with young children have had little to no other options in theaters since Mario appeared in the picture, leading to repeat viewings and continued dominance at the box office, where it is still playing in 3,800 locations nationwide. It’s $1.2 billion worldwide.

With Chris Pratt leading the charge in chart-topping films as Star-Lord in Guardians and the voice of Mario, the debate has begun about how much star power is compared to brand power.

The weekend was especially packed with new movies opening wide and limited across all genres and qualities.

“Traditionally speaking, the second weekend in May is very notable because it bridges the gap between the big summer movie (‘Watchmen 3’) and the next big blockbuster (‘X-Fast,'”) said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst. for Comscore. “Everybody in the business knew that ‘Guardians’ would dominate the weekend, but it gave way to a lot of films that hit the sweet spot between the two giants.”

Book Club: The Next Chapter ” topped the charts with $6.5 million from 3,508 locations. The sequel, released by Focus Features over Mother’s Day weekend, reunites the cast with director Bill Holderman and co-writer Erin Simms. Audiences were overwhelmingly female (77%), Caucasian (59%) and over-45s (66%), and there’s hope for a Mother’s Day boost and a decent holdover for the $20 million production. Older audiences usually don’t rush into the first weekend. In 2018, the first film opened at $13.5 million and grossed over $104 million.

“Hypnotic” by Robert Rodriguez, meanwhile, is bombarding. The mystery starring Affleck as a detective whose daughter has gone missing grossed $65 million. It opened the weekend to poor reviews (32% on Rotten Tomatoes) and limited marketing from distributor Ketchup Entertainment, earning just $2.4 million from 2,118 locations.

Other mid-tier releases didn’t make much of a splash, including Charlie Day’s Hollywood satire Fool’s Paradise , which earned $443,140 at 784 locations, and the anime-inspired Knights of the Zodiac , which earned just $535,000 at 586 theaters.

“BlackBerry,” Matt Johnson’s well-reviewed portrait of the rise and fall of the beloved smartphone, starring Glenn Howerton and Jay Baruchel, opened with a lackluster $473,000 in 450 theaters.

Sony Pictures Classics also released its Yogi Berra documentary It’s Not Over Yet in 99 theaters, earning $106,000.

Dergarabedian noted that several independent films did well this weekend with solid per-theater averages, including IFC’s Monica ($26,500 from two theaters) and Bleecker Street’s Starling Girl ($27,736 from four theaters ).

“If you’re a moviegoer, you have a lot to choose from right now,” Dergarabedian said.

There was also quite a lot of competition on home screens, from documentary by michael j. Fox on Apple TV+ to the Jennifer Lopez action film Mother on Netflix. Air, still in the top 10 after six weekends in theaters, also debuted on Prime Video.

Things get a lot better next weekend when “Fast X” enters. summer box office rushafter which the live action “The Little Mermaid” will take place on May 26.

According to Comscore, the estimated volume of ticket sales at theaters in the US and Canada from Friday to Sunday. Final internal data will be released on Monday.

1. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”, $60.5 million.

2. “Super Mario Brothers Movie”, $13 million.

3. Book Club: The Next Chapter, $6.5 million.

4. “Evil Dead Rise,” $3.7 million.

5. “Are you, God? It’s me, Margaret. 2.5 million dollars.

6. “Hypnotic”, $2.4 million.

7. John Wick: Chapter 4, $1.9 million.

8. Love Again, $1.6 million.

10. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, $740,000.

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