Title: “Kenneth Branagh’s A Haunting in Venice and The Nun II Battle for Box Office Crown”
In a fierce battle for box office supremacy, Kenneth Branagh’s A Haunting in Venice and The Nun II are neck and neck, both expected to rake in between $13.5 million and $14.5 million during the weekend.
A Haunting in Venice’s opening numbers align with expectations, but falls short of its predecessor, Death on the Nile, which scored $12.8 million in February 2022. The delay caused by COVID-19 and the negative publicity surrounding star Armie Hammer seem to have impacted the film’s performance. Nevertheless, A Haunting in Venice boasts a substantial budget ranging from $60 million to $70 million.
Branagh, known for his sleeper hit Murder on the Orient Express, which earned an impressive $350 million globally after debuting with $28.6 million domestically in 2017, is once again stealing the spotlight. Notably, the reviews for A Haunting in Venice have exceeded those of previous films in the series, hinting at a promising future for the franchise.
Reprising his iconic role as Hercule Poirot, Branagh leads a talented ensemble cast including Camille Cottin, Michelle Yeoh, Tina Fey, Jamie Dornan, Jude Hill, Kyle Allen, and Riccardo Scamarcio. Together, they bring a captivating and thrilling narrative to life that has attracted both fans and critics alike.
On the other hand, the highly anticipated film Dumb Money, which delves into the GameStop stock phenomenon, is opening in only six locations this weekend due to issues stemming from the ongoing actors’ strike. Originally slated for a nationwide release, the film’s distribution was limited, causing disappointment among eager viewers.
In other news, Greta Gerwig’s Barbie continues to impress at the box office, remaining within the top 5 and edging closer to a staggering $630 million domestically. With its enchanting storyline and Gerwig’s unique vision, Barbie has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide.
Additionally, Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer biopic is poised to become the highest-grossing biographical film ever at the box office, with a projected total of $912 million. Nolan’s masterful storytelling and the intriguing historical backdrop have resonated deeply with moviegoers, solidifying Oppenheimer’s phenomenal success.
As the battle for box office supremacy continues, audiences can anticipate more captivating releases from Hollywood’s talented pool of filmmakers and actors. Stay tuned for updates as the weekend progresses and the final numbers reveal the true winner of the box office crown.
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