Tue. Mar 5th, 2024

Insidious: The Red Door scared away the competition at the box office, raking in an impressive $32.65 million domestically and $31.4M overseas for a solid $64M worldwide opening. According to Deadline, that’s the best horror film debut since 2019 and the second-best start for the Insidious franchise domestically after Chapter 2’s $40.2M opening in 2013.

Unfortunately, Insidious’ rise cut deep into Indiana Jones’ pockets. Dial of Destiny, which opened lower than expected, dipped -56% in its sophomore frame, resulting in $26.5M, or about on par with No Time to Die (-57%). Indy V has accrued $121.2M domestically and $248M worldwide, which would be suitable for an average film — just not a $300M+ Indiana Jones film. Remember, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull finished with $317M domestically and $473M internationally or $790M worldwide. Dial of Destiny isn’t touching those numbers.

On a positive note for Disney, Elemental is showing solid legs. Domestically, the pic has earned $107.9M after an $8.4M (-31%) take in weekend four. Internationally, the film has gained traction and raised its total to $142.7M with a worldwide gross of $252M. Not bad for a pic many (including myself) pegged a box office bomb a few weeks back. It’s still not amazing, mind you. Elemental still trails The Good Dinosaur by roughly $80M and likely won’t come anywhere near the likes of Toy Story 2 ($511M), WALL-E ($532M), or Brave ($554M), but at least it passed Onward ($133M) and Lightyear ($218M).

Of course, the huge news is the surprise success of Sound of Freedom. The Angel Studios film starring Jim Caviezel grossed $16.9M over the weekend and has hauled in a terrific $38.9M through its first six days. Those are impressive numbers for a pic that cost just $14.5M, per the Wall Street Journal.

Box Office Results:

  1. Insidious: The Red Door (Sony/Blum) 3,188 theaters Fri $15.22M, Sat $10.1M Sun $7.3M 3-day $32.65M/Wk 1
  2. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (Dis) 4,600 theaters, Fri $7.6M (-68%) Sat $10.9M Sun $8M 3-day $26.5M (-56%)/Total $121.2M/Wk 2
  3. Sound of Freedom (Angel) 2,850 theaters, Fri $4.9M, Sat $6.7M Sun $5.3M 3-day $16.9M, Total $38.9M/Wk 1
  4. Elemental (Dis) 3,440 (-210) theaters, Fri $2.9M (-18%) Sat $3.8M Sun $2.9M 3-day $9.6M (-21%), Total $109.1M/Wk 4
  5. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Sony) 3,023 (-382) theaters, Fri $2.3M (-32%) Sat $3.1M Sun $2.5M 3-day $8M (-33%) Total $357.6M /Wk 6
  6. Joy Ride (LG) 2,820 theaters, Fri $2.6M Sat $1.8M Sun $1.4M 3-day $5.85M/Wk 1
  7. No Hard Feelings (Sony) 2,686 (-522) theaters, Fri $1.6M (-27%) Sat $2.1M Sun $1.4M 3-day $5.25M (-33%), Total $40.4M /Wk 3
  8. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (Par) 2,475 (-377) theaters, Fri $1.38M (-27%), Sat $2M Sun $1.55M 3-day $5M (-32%) Total $146.7M/Wk 5
  9. The Little Mermaid (Dis) 2,080 (-350) theaters, Fri $1.1M (-29%) Sat $1.4M Sun $1M 3-day $3.5M (-34%) Total $289M Wk 7
  10. Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken (Uni/DWA) 3,408 (+*) theaters, Fri $850K (-64%), Sat $1.1M Sun $850K 3-day $2.8M (-49%)/Total $11.6M/ Wk 2

By Dave Jenks

Dave Jenks is an American novelist and Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Between those careers, he’s worked as a deckhand, commercial fisherman, divemaster, taxi driver, construction manager, and over the road truck driver, among many other things. He now lives on a sea island, in the South Carolina Lowcountry, with his wife and youngest daughter. They also have three grown children, five grand children, three dogs and a whole flock of parakeets. Stinnett grew up in Melbourne, Florida and has also lived in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico. His next dream is to one day visit and dive Cuba.