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Paramount Pictures’ animated sequel “PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie” topped the box office this week, taking $23 million domestically and double that worldwide.

On a like-for-like basis, the film is charting 70% ahead of the first movie. Added to that, the film is only halfway through its international rollout, so there’ll be plenty more to add to its total.

Coming in at a budget of $30 million, and with robust merchandise and consumer products sales on top of that, expect a third film sooner rather than later.

“Saw X” took second place domestically with an impressive $18 million which more than doubled the opening of prior installment “Spiral”. It pulled in a further $11.3 million from overseas for a worldwide debut of $29.3 million – excellent work for a movie that cost just $13 million.

Gareth Edwards’ $80 million sci-fi epic “The Creator” debuted in third place domestically with $14 million which is below expectations, though had a better start overseas with a further $18.2 million.

Going wide this week was the GameStop short stock film “Dumb Money” which flopped, taking in $3.5 million in seventh place after two weeks in limited release. The extreme weather in New York, expected to have been the film’s biggest market, may have impacted. As such, the $30 million-budgeted feature has made just $7.3 million so far.

“The Nun 2” spooked its way into fourth with $4.67 million, bringing its domestic total to $76.7 million after four weeks and $231 million worldwide – a solid performance for a $38 million budget film.

Source: Variety

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