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‘Furiosa’ smells like a Warner box office hit and a warning for Disney.

By knl9j May25,2024

In the 2023-2024 box office, we have a new winner, and it is possible that this winning streak will continue.

The latest edition of the post-apocalyptic chronicle of highway savages, titled “Furiasa: From the Mad Max Saga,” is currently making its debut in theaters. Once again, George Miller is the director of this film. And despite the fact that, as is often the case in these uncertain times for the box office that we are currently living in, it is not certain whether it will be a moderate success or whether it will sweep the box office, it is evident that it may probably represent one more notch in the butt of the gun with which Warner is firing Disney.

It is clear that Furiosa is a box office smash. Although we are unable to speak of success in the case of “Furiosa” at this time for obvious reasons, the projections are quite positive. This is especially true when taking into consideration the fact that it will be released on Memorial Day, which is a holiday full of celebration, and that its only significant competition will be “Garfield,” which is aimed at a different audience. According to these forecasts, the revenue generated by 3,750 cinemas in the United States is expected to range between 40 and 45 million dollars. Although there is still a lot of work to be done before the movie can surpass its budget of 168 million dollars (taking into account marketing), it is off to a fantastic start.

An impressive run of success. “Furiosa” is a fresh success story for Warner, which has had an absolutely incredible streak in theaters. “Furiosa” is a new success story for Warner. His work has been featured in a number of major premieres during the summer of last year, as may be seen in the table that follows:

Despite the fact that Warner had a less than stellar beginning to the year 2023, with flops (none of which were apocalyptic) such as “Shazam! The Fury of the Gods,” “Air,” or “The Flash” (and some hits, certainly, such as “Infernal Possession: The Awakening” or “Creed III”), “Barbie” appeared to be the beginning of an upward trajectory for the company’s career. As a result of this, Warner has resorted to a policy that is relatively cautious, which involves the utilization of brands that are guaranteed to be profitable in order to chain one blockbuster after another.

Disguised as Disney. This positive circumstance stands in stark contrast to the uncertain predicament that Disney is currently experiencing. Marvel and ‘Star Wars’ are two of the most profitable properties in the world, yet the firm has had to stop along the route to nearly fully reformulate each of them. It is contemplating the way that the brand will go in general and the new and extremely powerful arrivals to the house in particular (Fantastic Four, X-Men), and only one of the first of them, Deadpool and Wolverine, will be released in 2024. This is the only film that will be released in 2024. Disney has pulled its foot off the pedal and has already stated that it would produce fewer series and movies. This is all in order to comply to the new motto that its CEO has adopted, which is “less quantity, more quality.” The company hopes that this will help them achieve a more balanced financial situation.

…and Warner is not in a position to prosper in every way. Although we have discussed how well Warner is doing, it is important to note that the company’s operation is rather remarkable, and not everything is a bed of flowers. Regarding the streaming sector, they have been making moves that have been quite unpopular for a considerable amount of time: following the introduction of HBO Max, they have shelved fifty percent of the brand, so splitting Max and HBO. And they are in the midst of constant cuts, which has resulted in a drop in the number of new projects, an atomization of the accessible catalog, and the ongoing licensing of properties that were previously exclusive. As a result, HBO has lost the seal of exclusivity that it had previously held.

What lies ahead for Warner. The deadlock that Disney is currently experiencing presents an opportunity for Warner to capitalize on the situation, and it is already evident how the company intends to do so in the coming year: with the return of the DC heroes beginning on July 11 with a new Superman movie. Although the series has been through some very difficult moments, with certain failures such as “The Flash” or “Black Adam,” the eyes of the fans are now totally focused on the path that the franchise is heading. In addition, they have a wide range of releases that are expected to continue their upward trend of success. These include the western serial starring Kevin Costner, “Twisters,” the new film directed by M. Night Shyamalan (and his daughter), “Beetlejuice Beetlejuice,” the new “Joker,” the animated film adaptation of “The Lord of the Rings,” and the adaptation of “Minecraft.”

A high bar has been established, that’s for sure. Anya Taylor-Joy features in the film “Furiosa,” in which she plays a younger version of the female warrior that Charlize Theron portrayed in the film “Fury Road.” In the prequel, she is kidnapped from her house and held as a hostage by the nefarious Warlord Dementus, who is played by Chris Hemsworth. As Furiosa searches for a way to return home, she is forced to engage in a struggle for existence in the dystopian Wasteland, where two tyrants are engaged in a struggle for domination. During its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, it received favorable reviews. Owen Gleiberman, the chief film critic for Variety, lauded the dazzling effects but said that “despite some awesome action moments (and two mega villains), the feeling is one of inflated franchise overkill.” However, the review released by Variety was not as gushing as the one published by Variety.

In order to attract the attention of family audiences, “The Garfield Movie” will compete with “IF,” which was the winner of the weekend before last at Paramount. The fantasy-comedy, which was directed by John Krasinski and starred Ryan Reynolds, was the most successful film at the box office, grossing a modest $33.7 million. It is anticipated that the film will add between $15 million and $17 million in its second installment.

Regardless of the portmanteau that may be used to describe the simultaneous release of “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” and “The Garfield Movie” over the course of the Memorial Day weekend, the two newcomers are attempting to startle the slow summer season. Although it is not a “Barbenheimer,” exhibitors will take everything they can get because overall ticket sales are almost twenty percent down what they were in 2023.

Over the course of the four-day holiday weekend, “Furiosa,” the fifth installment in the post-apocalyptic “Mad Max” series directed by George Miller, is expected to lead the pack with $40 million to $45 million from 3,750 locations. The animated film “The Garfield Movie” produced by Sony is expected to come in second place with a total of $30 million to $35 million from 4,000 theaters between Friday and Monday. In light of the fact that Disney’s adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” won the box office with $118 million, it will be difficult to make comparisons to the same holiday weekend in 2023.

On “Furiosa,” Warner Bros. spent a total of $168 million, which does not include the several millions that were spent to publicize the film. The launch of its predecessor, “Max Max: Fury Road,” which was released in 2015 and grossed $45 million over the course of three days, is not anticipated to be as successful as this one. In the end, that film, which was released 26 years after the first “Max Max” film and starred Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy, made a total of $380 million worldwide and was acclaimed as one of the best action movies of all time.

The voice of the orange cat, who is famous for detesting Mondays and adoring lasagna, is provided by Chris Pratt. After a chance encounter with his long-lost father, a scruffy street cat named Vic (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson), Garfield and his canine companion Odie are compelled to leave their cushy indoor life in order to accompany Vic on a high-stakes heist. Hannah Waddingham, Nicholas Hoult, Brett Goldstein, and Bowen Yang are among the voice actors featured in “The Garfield Movie,” which was produced by Alcon Entertainment and DNEG, an animation firm. Approximately sixty million dollars was spent on it.

On the other hand, the faith-based biographical film “Sight” produced by Angel Studio is aiming to earn $5 million from 2,000 cinemas over the course of the holiday weekend. The film is directed by Andrew Hyatt and tells the story of Ming Wang, a Chinese immigrant who settled in the United States and went on to become a pioneer in the field of eye surgery. Greg Kinnear and Terry Chen are the directors of the cast.

By knl9j

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