‘Amsterdam’ and ‘Lyle Lyle’ struggle, leaving ‘Smile’ to repeat

By JAKE COYLE

NEW YORK (AP) — David O. Russell’s star-studded 1930s mystery “Amsterdam” has flopped, and the children’s book adaptation “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” has made its soft debut, allowing the horror thriller “Smile” to repeat at the top of the box office in U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday.

No new release caught fire with moviegoers, but the disappointment was most acute for “Amsterdam,” a poorly-reviewed $80 million game starring Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington. The 20th Century Studios production, co-financed by New Regency and published by Walt Disney Co., opened with just $6.5 million – a scathing rebuke to the ‘Silver Linings Playbook’-decorated filmmaker whose splashy set also includes Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy and Taylor Swift.

Sony Pictures’ “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile,” a musical based on Bernard Waber’s children’s book starring Shawn Mendes as the voice of a computer-generated reptile, fared better, garnering 11.5 million in ticket sales. But it was still a relatively modest result, especially for the first major family film to hit theaters since the summer. The film, which cost $50 million to make, could benefit from kids being out of school for Monday’s Columbus Day and the small children’s movie competition this month.

A week after topping the charts with a $22 million launch, Paramount Pictures’ “Smile” remained No. 1 with $17.6 million at the box office – an impressive second week for the horror film to hit. modest budget. Horror movies typically drop sharply in their second week of release, but “Smile,” a chilling thriller about trauma and evil spirits, only dropped 22%. To keep the momentum going, Paramount announced a series of week-long promotions on Sunday, including discounted tickets and a “Smile” NFT giveaway for select Thursday ticket buyers.

The best news for Hollywood over the weekend was a sign that adult audiences, after two pandemic-ridden seasons, might be eager to put themselves forward for the top contenders for the fall awards. Todd Field’s “Tár,” starring Cate Blanchett as world-renowned bandleader, debuted with $160,000 at four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, good for a stellar average of $40,000 a year. Hall. After its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Field’s first film since 2006, “Little Children” has garnered praise from critics and Oscar nomination predictions for Blanchett.

This promising debut will encourage a long list of award contenders to come in the coming weeks, including MGM’s Emmett Till drama ‘Till’, MUBI’s Park Chan-wook thriller ‘Decision to Leave’ and ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’. from Searchlight Pictures, by writer-director Martin McDonagh.

At the same time, a prolonged period of sluggishness in theaters could be coming to an end. Not since “Bullet Train” opened in early August has a movie grossed $23 million, a downturn due in part to a light release schedule. But next week, Universal Pictures is releasing “Halloween Ends” both in theaters and on Peacock. The following weekend sees the release of Warner Bros.’ “Black Adam”, starring Dwayne Johnson.

Estimated Friday-Sunday ticket sales at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final national figures will be released on Monday.

1. “Smile,” $17.6 million.

2. “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile,” $11.5 million.

3. “Amsterdam”, $6.5 million.

4. “The Woman King,” $5.3 million.

5. “Don’t worry honey,” $3.5 million.

6. “Avatar,” $2.6 million.

7. “Barbarian,” $2.2 million.

8. “Brothers,” $2.2 million.

9. “Ponniyin Selvan, part one”, $910,000.

10. “Terrifying 2”, $825,000.

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Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

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