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'Furiosa' Beats 'Garfield' For Worst Memorial Day Weekend Ever

Garfield has another reason to hate Mondays.

In a box office tie, “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” narrowly edged out “The Garfield Movie” at the North American charts. On Sunday, Warner Bros. and Sony claimed their film topped the box office with an estimated $25 million over the weekend and an estimated $31 million over the Memorial Day holiday Monday.

According to Monday estimates, “Furiosa” ended up generating $26.2 million over the weekend and $32 million over the four days. “Garfield” was shockingly behind with $24 million over the weekend and $31.1 million over four days.

Regardless of the final order, it's the worst Memorial Day weekend in nearly three decades — barring 2020 when theaters closed entirely due to COVID. Box office comparisons to the same holiday weekend in 2023 are especially tough — up nearly 36% — given that Disney's remake of The Little Mermaid took the crown with $118 million, one of the top debuts for the holiday. Overall, this Memorial Day stretch adds to Hollywood's summer woes as ticket sales remain down 22% after 2023 and a troubling 41% after 2019, according to Comscore.

It's a particularly disappointing showing for “Furiosa,” the fifth entry in director George Miller's post-apocalyptic “Mad Max” series. The R-rated film, which stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth, was expected to top with $40 million to $45 million over the holiday. And even that wouldn't have been a great start given the film's $168 million price tag. Globally, “Furiosa” has earned $65 million. At this rate, it will be hard to top the franchise's previous entry, 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, which opened to $45 million (not over a weekend holiday) and ultimately grossed a modest $380 million globally. Despite the rave reviews, analysts believe that “Furiosa” faltered because prequels rarely do as well as direct sequels, especially when they don't have the original stars. And this action epic failed to expand beyond its core demographic of older male viewers.

For “Garfield,” which cost $60 million, it's a good start for a family film while hitting the low end of $30 million to $35 million projections. The film has already generated $66.3 million overseas and $91.1 million globally, so it's well positioned in its theatrical run. Chris Pratt voices the titular cat who hates Mondays and loves lasagna in “The Garfield Movie,” which was financed and produced by Alcon Entertainment.

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