With the release of PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, Saw X, and The Creator, the weekend box office hits a milestone that’s been unreached since 2019.
- PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, Saw X, and The Creator all had successful wide release debuts on September 29, with PAW Patrol taking the top spot at the box office with $23 million.
- This is the first time since September 2019 that three new films opened to over $14 million on the same weekend.
- The previous trio of films achieving this feat in 2019 were Downton Abbey, Ad Astra, and Rambo: Last Blood.
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The combined box office power of PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, Saw X, and The Creator have pulled off a unique feat. All three movies had their wide release debuts on September 29, catering to different audiences by presenting a wide array of genres. The animated sequel PAW Patrol ended up taking No. 1 with $23 million, followed by the horror movie Saw X at No. 2 with $18 million and the sci-fi epic The Creator at No. 3 with $14 million.
When this weekend’s Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie, The Creator, and Saw X box office results came in via The Numbers, Twitter user Jonathan shared an interesting observation. Check out the post below:
Jonathan points out that “this is the first time we’ve had three new films open to $14M+ on the same weekend since September 20-22, 2019.” The three movies in question in 2019 were Downton Abbey ($31 million), Ad Astra ($19 million), and Rambo: Last Blood ($18 million).
Will This Box Office Feat Be Replicated Any Time Soon?
The central reason that this box office feat has not been replicated since 2019 is most likely the COVID-19 pandemic. At the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020, both theatrical distribution and movie production were shut down. As theaters slowly started to recover, production companies were either tentative about releasing big blockbusters to skittish audiences or had fewer offerings to distribute, leading to a dearth of major releases that were largely limited to one per weekend.
As theaters continue to recover, more weekends have seen the release of two major productions at once, including the “Barbenheimer” weekend this July that saw the simultaneous debut of Barbie and Oppenheimer. While the The Creator box office helped round out the first trio of major releases of the 2020s, it remains to be seen if this feat can be replicated again any time soon. There will be three or more new wide releases nearly every weekend through the rest of the year, but none seem likely to draw this kind of audience until the holiday season begins in November.
November 17 sees the release of the blockbusters The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and Trolls Band Together, which are flanked by the potential No. 3 titles Thanksgiving and Next Goal Wins, from notable directors Eli Roth and Taika Waititi respectively. After that weekend, the only other major option is the Christmas release of Ferrari, The Boys in the Boat, and The Color Purple. It remains to be seen if any new weekend can match the simultaneous Saw X, The Creator, and PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie release, but there seems to at least be a chance.
Source: The Numbers & @jonathanmb32/Twitter