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Free Guy Friday Box Office Scores $5.1 Million in Second Weekend

Director Shawn Levy’s Free Guy, a video game-inspired film starring Ryan Reynolds, is poised to top the domestic box office for the second weekend in a row, with $5.1 million on Friday, for a weekend total of $16-18 million from 4,165 theaters. Free Guy opened to $28.4 million in its opening weekend.

This pushes the film’s domestic total to around $58 million, a healthy haul at a time when concerns around the Covid-19 Delta variant are rising. Reynolds revealed shortly after the film’s debut that Disney, which inherited the title in its takeover of Fox, has expressed interest in a sequel. The film’s solid hold is especially notable because just a few weeks ago, DC’s The Suicide Squad underperformed in its opening weekend, and currently sits at $45 million domestic after being wiped out from the top five.

In Free Guy, Reynolds plays an NPC (non-player character) in an open-world video game. After he realizes this, he goes on a Truman Show-esque quest to claim control over his life, and become the game’s hero.

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At the number two spot is Paramount’s Paw Patrol, an adaptation of the popular children’s show. The film made $4.4 million on Friday from 3,184 theaters for an estimated weekend bow of $12.5 million. Despite children not being able to get vaccinated, and the Delta variant affecting the box office, it is still a bit surprising to see this family movie pull in strong numbers in its debut weekend.

Disney’s big-budget adventure film Jungle Cruise retains its number three spot, with an estimated $6.1 million this weekend. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, the film is inching towards the $100 million-mark, with $92 million in the bank so far. The film is also available for $30 on Disney+. The number four spot is claimed by Don’t Breathe 2, the sequel to the successful 2016 horror/thriller, which introduced audiences to Stephen Lang’s The Blind Man. Lang reprises his role in Don’t Breathe 2, which should add another $4.6 million this weekend for a total of $19.2 million.

Rounding out the top five is the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson and directed by Liesl Tommy. The film is expected to earn $3.29 million this weekend, bringing its gross to $15.2 million.

Next weekend welcomes Nia DaCosta’s Candyman, a sequel/reboot of the 90s horror film, which should clear the path for Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to stake its claim on the Labor Day weekend.

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