“Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” Triumphs in Thrilling Holiday Box Office Battle

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In a cinematic showdown that had the audience on tenterhooks, “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” emerged the victor of the holiday box office, eking out a win over “The Garfield Movie” by a razor-thin margin. A desert warrior pitted against an endearing, rotund, orange cat saw audiences pouring into theaters, resulting in an estimated $32 million revenue haul for “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” over the four-day weekend.

The battle is not over though. Official results are yet to be released, and it remains to be seen which film will ultimately take the top spot. For the time being, however, Warner Bros, the production house behind “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga,” holds the coveted position of leading the charge at the box office. The international openings for the movie, starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth, have pushed the running global earnings to a commendable $64.8 million mark.

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However, success has not come cheap. With a hefty $168 million production tag, the franchise’s latest prequel, directed by George Miller, has a long journey ahead to claim victory. The film has thus far received rave reviews which could potentially provide the impetus for a stronger debut in future showings.

Sony’s less-expenditure-heavy “The Garfield Movie” has already begun basking in a profitable glow, despite falling short of the premiere position. The film, spotlighting the voice talents of Chris Pratt, has already raked in a remarkable $91.1 million internationally, dwarfing its modest $60 million budget. As the summer holidays roll in for school-goers, there is palpable optimism about the animated movie’s box office lifespan.

While both movies enjoyed a healthy debut, the Memorial Day weekend saw Hollywood grappling with a harsh reality. Crippling pandemic measures in place last year had plunged the industry into darkness, and even now, ticket sales have dwindled by 22% compared to 2023. The industry braces for potentially widening gaps as summer progresses. The era of landmark movies such as “Barbenheimer” seems a distant memory.

According to Comscore, the estimated ticket sales for the weekend at U.S. and Canadian theaters currently stand as follows:

The gritty, dust-filled world of “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” has drawn in $32 million, narrowly surpassing that of the pot-bellied feline’s domestic adventure in “The Garfield Movie,” which earned $31.1 million. This is followed by “IF,” which grossed $21 million, the dramatic “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,” with $17.2 million in sales, and “The Fall Guy,” rounding off the top five with $7.7 million. Other films making it into the top ten box office hits over the weekend include “The Strangers: Chapter 1,” “Sight,” “Challengers,” “Back to Black,” and “Babes.”

The final domestic figures are set to be released on Tuesday, further clarifying the winner of the thrilling weekend race.