Ryan Reynold-starrer ‘Free Guy’ clings to top spot with $18.5mn haul

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Free Guy, its release delayed a year by the Covid-19 pandemic, is a lighthearted yarn starring Ryan Reynolds
‘Free Guy’, its release delayed a year by the Covid-19 pandemic, is a lighthearted yarn starring Ryan Reynolds

Sci-fi comedy Free Guy slipped but did not trip over the weekend as it clung to the top spot in North American movie theaters with a haul of $18.5 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Monday.

The film, its release delayed a year by the Covid-19 pandemic, is a lighthearted yarn starring Ryan Reynolds as an Everyman bank teller who finds — not unlike Jim Carrey’s character in The Truman Show — that he is a character in a huge video game and must save his friends from being deleted.

Family-friendly Free Guy was off from its $28 million opening weekend, but analysts said its result was impressive with Covid-19 still hanging over the industry and Tropical Storm Henri deterring moviegoers in the US Northeast. It has a healthy global take so far of $112 million.

In second position, earning $13.1 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period, was new Paramount release Paw Patrol: The Movie. That was a respectable total, said Variety.com, for a film aimed at young kids — who remain ineligible for Covid vaccines.

Paw Patrol tells the story of a boy named Ryder and the brave pups who help him save Adventure City from a colossally evil mayor.

Third spot went to Disney’s family adventure film Jungle Cruise, at $6.3 million. Its plot — well, suffice it to say it is based on a theme-park ride.

Horror feature Don’t Breathe 2, from Sony, followed with a $5.1 million take in its second weekend. Starring Stephen Lang — who has what website Rotten Tomatoes calls a “thrillingly imposing presence” — it revolves around a game of mass murder perpetuated by a blind veteran.

And in fifth place was United Artists’ biopic Respect, at $3.8 million. Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson stars as queen of soul Aretha Franklin — who reportedly picked Hudson for the role. The Washington Post calls her portrayal a “kind of creative — even spiritual — mind-meld that sends a chill down the spine and a catch to the throat.”

Rounding out the top 10 were:

The Suicide Squad ($3.4 million)

The Protégé ($2.9 million)

The Night House ($2.9 million)

Reminiscence ($2 million)

Old ($1.1 million)

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