‘Amsterdam’ and ‘Lyle Lyle’ struggle, letting ‘Smile’ repeat

By Jake Coyle | Associated Press

NEW YORK — David O. Russell’s star-studded 1930 mystery “Amsterdam” flopped and the adaptation of the children’s book “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” got off to a slow start, allowing the horror thriller “Smile” will repeat at the top of the box office in US and Canadian theaters, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

Neither new release set moviegoers on fire but the disappointment was the worst for “Amsterdam,” a poorly reviewed $80 million screwball romp starring Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington. The 20th Century Studios production, financed by New Regency and released by Walt Disney Co., opened with just $6.5 million — a shocking rebuke for the decorated filmmaker of “Silver Linings Playbook” whose splashy ensemble also includes Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy and Taylor Swift.

Sony Pictures’ “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile,” a musical based on Bernard Waber’s children’s book featuring Shawn Mendes as the voice of a computer-generated reptile, did better, collecting $11.5 million. ticket sales. But that’s still a pretty modest result, especially for the first major family movie to land in theaters since the summer. The film, which cost $50 million to make, could benefit from children being out of school for Columbus Day on Monday and a small children’s film competition this month.

A week after topping the charts with a $22-million opening, Paramount Pictures’ “Smile” remains No. 1 with $17.6 million at the box office — an impressive second weekend for a modest budget horror flick. Horror films typically fall in their second week of release but “Smile,” a creepy thriller about trauma and evil spirits, dropped just 22%. To keep the momentum going, Paramount on Sunday announced a weeklong series of promotions, including discounted tickets and a “Smile” NFT giveaway for select ticket buyers on Thursday.

The best news for Hollywood over the weekend is a sign that adult audiences, after two seasons plagued by the pandemic, may be eager to turn out for the fall’s top blockbusters. . Todd Field’s “Tár,” starring Cate Blanchett as a world-famous conductor, debuted with $160,000 in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, good for a stellar $40,000 per theater which is average. After its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Field’s first film since 2006’s “Little Children” earned raves from critics and predictions of an Oscar nomination for Blanchett.

The promising start will fuel a long line of awards contenders arriving in the coming weeks, including MGM’s Emmett Till drama “Till,” MUBI’s Park Chan-wook thriller “Decision to Leave” and Searchlight Pictures’ “The Banshees of Inisherin,” said writer-director Martin McDonagh.

At the same time, a long slow period in theaters may be coming to an end. Not since “Bullet Train” opened in early August has a film taken in $23 million, a drop in part from a light release schedule. But next week, Universal Pictures debuts “Halloween Ends” in theaters and the Peacock. Next week sees the release of Warner Bros.’ “Black Adam,” with Dwayne Johnson.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. The final domestic figure will be released on Monday.

  1. “Smile,” $17.6 million.
  2. “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile,” $11.5 million.
  3. “Amsterdam,” $6.5 million.
  4. “The Woman King,” $5.3 million.
  5. “Don’t Worry Darling,” $3.5 million.
  6. “Avatar,” $2.6 million.
  7. “Barbarian,” $2.2 million.
  8. “Bros,” $2.2 million.
  9. “Ponniyin Selvan Part One,” $910,000.
  10. “Terrifier 2,” $825,000.

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