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Paramount’s animated sequel, “PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie,” made an impressive debut at the box office, earning $23 million from 3,989 North American locations over the weekend. The film’s ticket sales outperformed other new releases, including Lionsgate’s “Saw X,” Disney and New Regency’s “The Creator,” and Sony’s “Dumb Money.”
The “PAW Patrol” sequel, based on the popular Nickelodeon kids TV show, received decent reviews and strong audience scores. It nearly doubled the debut of its predecessor, “PAW Patrol: The Movie,” which opened at $13 million in 2021 while also streaming on Paramount+. Internationally, the film added $23.1 million, bringing its global total to $46.1 million.
In second place, “Saw X” had an impressive start, earning $18 million. This 10th entry in the long-running horror series performed better than the two previous installments, “Spiral” in 2021 ($8.7 million) and “Jigsaw” in 2017 ($16.6 million). The international box office contributed $11.3 million from 50 territories, resulting in an estimated worldwide tally of $29.3 million. With a production cost of just $13 million, the film is expected to be profitable by the end of its theatrical run.
In third place, “The Creator,” directed by Gareth Edwards and starring John David Washington, earned $14 million, falling short of expectations for the $80 million-budgeted movie. The film’s initial audience skewed 69% male and 78% over the age of 25. Its international box office performance, opening with $18.2 million (excluding China, Japan, and Korea), may help offset its domestic underperformance.
“Dumb Money” landed in seventh place, with a disappointing $3.5 million, despite expanding to 2,837 venues after two weeks in limited release. Some analysts attributed this underperformance in part to a torrential rainstorm that affected New York City on Friday, leading to temporary theater closures. The film made $1.3 million on Friday and Saturday when theaters in the NYC area reopened, but it faced challenges due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, preventing the star-studded cast from promoting the movie. The R-rated film has earned $7.3 million domestically against a $30 million budget, highlighting the challenges faced by well-reviewed adult-oriented films.
In fourth place, “The Nun II” added $4.6 million in its fourth weekend, bringing its domestic box office total to $76.7 million and its worldwide earnings to $231 million. While it has yet to match the original “The Nun” from 2018 in North America ($117 million) and globally ($366 million), the sequel, with a $38 million production cost, has provided a positive note in an otherwise lackluster September box office.
Looking ahead, the film industry anticipates the release of Taylor Swift’s “Eras Tour” concert film on October 13, which is expected to draw audiences back to cinemas in large numbers.