Box office 2023: Wonka tops year-end weekend, Barbie is No. 1 movie, Eras Tour concert film pushes industry sales

Though Wonka won out as the family movie choice for the holidays, Universal Pictures’ Migration is attracting young audiences, too. The animated movie from Minions-maker Illumination notched US$17.2 million (S$22.6 million) in 3,839 theaters in its second weekend, and US$59.4 million (S$78.3 million) since opening.

The Boys in the Boat, the George Clooney-directed sports drama, grossed US$24.6 million (S$32.4 million) since opening Dec 25. The Amazon MGM Studios release, about the US men’s crew in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, wasn’t a smash with critics (58 per cent “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes) but audiences gave it an “A” CinemaScore. The Boys in the Boat, which cost about US$40 million (S$52.7 million) to make, could hold well in the coming weeks.

Though romantic comedies have largely migrated to streaming platforms, Sony Pictures’ Anyone But You is proving the genre can still work in theatres. The film, starring Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell, collected US$9 million (S$11.8 million) in its second weekend to bring its total to US$27.6 million (S$36.4 million) through Monday.

Sean Durkin’s wrestling drama The Iron Claw is also performing well. The A24 film, starring Zac Efron, Holt McCallany and Jeremy Allen White, has grossed US$18 million (S$23.7 million) since opening Dec 22, including US$5 million (S$6.5 million) on the three-day weekend. The film dramatises the tragic story of the Von Erich family.

Michael Mann’s Ferrari, a project the director sought to make for three decades, took in US$10.9 million (S$14.3 million) since launching in theatres on Monday, including US$4.1 million (S$5.4 million) for the weekend. While that ranks as one of the biggest debuts for indie distributor Neon, it’s nowhere near what a movie that costs close to US$100 million to make, needs to turn a profit.

The film, starring Adam Driver as Enzo Ferrari, has been celebrated by critics but appears likely to follow Mann’s previous film, 2015’s Blackhat (US$19.6 million (S$25.8 million) worldwide against a US$70 million (S$92.3 million) budget), as a commercial disappointment.

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