The summer movie season is heating up with a $30 million-plus debut for The Fall Guy

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Well, “The Fall Guy” isn’t going to hit those films’ box office heights, but it should have no trouble topping charts as it kicks off the summer movie season.
The film is expected to earn north of $30 million, with some rival studio executives pegging the opening at between $35 million to $40 million.
The catch is that movie wasn’t cheap to produce, boasting a healthy budget of $130 million, so “The Fall Guy” will need strong word-of-mouth if it’s going to leg it out on the long path to profitability.
“The Fall Guy” has already opened in 38 international territories, including Australia (where it was shot to take advantage of tax credits), Israel and Central America, earning $8.4 million.
“The Fall Guy” finds Gosling playing a ex-stuntman who is lured back into the business to work on a massive studio movie that is being directed by his ex (Blunt).
“The Fall Guy” is directed by David Leitch, who previously oversaw “Bullet Train” and “Atomic Blonde,” and who was a stunt man himself.
“The Fall Guy” will open in more than 3,800 North American venues.
Movie theaters are hoping that films like “The Fall Guy” will over-perform expectations and that other upcoming releases like “Despicable Me 4” and “Deadpool & Wolverine” will bring back fans of their respective franchises.


After working together on “The Fall Guy,” Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt—two key players in the “Barbenheimer” phenomenon—will depart from Barbieland and Los Alamos. When the actors from “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” release their new action comedy this weekend, will crowds turn out in large numbers to see them?

While “The Fall Guy” won’t quite reach the heights of those movies’ box office, it should have no issue topping the charts as the summer movie season gets underway. Some executives from rival studios estimate the opening weekend receipts for the movie to be between $35 and $40 million, but the official gross is expected to exceed $30 million. But with a healthy budget of $130 million, “The Fall Guy” wasn’t made on the cheap, so word-of-mouth will be crucial if it’s going to last the long haul to profitability. It must also perform well abroad. With 8 point 4 million in revenue, “The Fall Guy” has already opened in 38 foreign territories, including Australia (where it was filmed to take advantage of tax credits), Israel, and Central America. This weekend, it will open in more than 40 markets, including the U. K. Mexico, France, Germany, and so forth.

In the film “The Fall Guy,” Ryan Gosling portrays a former stuntman who is persuaded to return to the industry to work on a big-budget studio production that his former director (Blunt) is helming. The situation is made more difficult by the disappearance of the production’s star, Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The director of “The Fall Guy” is David Leitch, a former stuntman who also oversaw “Bullet Train” and “Atomic Blonde.”. Additionally, Stephanie Hsu, Winston Duke, and Hannah Waddingham are in the cast. Over 3,800 theaters in North America will open for “The Fall Guy.”.

Competitors for “The Fall Guy” include Amazon MGM Studios’ “Challengers,” which debuted last weekend with a $15 million opening weekend, and “Tarot,” a low-budget horror movie from Sony and Screen Gems that is expected to bring in between $5 million and $6 million. That’s not too bad, given that the production of “Tarot” only cost $8 million, and the studio is using an all-digital marketing campaign (free of those expensive TV spots) to keep costs down. There will be about 3,000 showings of “Tarot.”.

Additionally, 25 years have passed since Jar Jar Binks debuted on screen. Disney and LucasFilm will re-release “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” in more than 2,600 domestic theaters in observance of that anniversary and May 4th, also known as “Star Wars Day.”. Similar marketing was done by the studio with “Return of the Jedi,” which celebrated its 40th anniversary and brought in $51.1 million last year. “Phantom Menace” appears to be on track for a comparable outcome.

Exhibitors are in a desperate situation to fill their screens with blockbusters, as the domestic box office has declined by over 20 percent. However, the strikes by writers and actors and the COVID-19 delays have left studios with fewer films to release. Theaters are hoping that hits like “The Fall Guy” will surpass box office projections and that anticipated releases like “Despicable Me 4” and “Deadpool and Wolverine” will entice moviegoers to revisit their beloved properties. Should they fail to do so, movie theaters will have a dull summer.

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