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Box Office Round-Up ~ 1/17/24

Almost twenty years after the original, the musical remake of Mean Girls debuted at the top of the box office this past weekend with $28.6 million, basically right on the money in terms of predictions. Similarly, Jason Statham-led actioner The Beekeeper, from director David Ayer, opened in second place with $16.5 million. Both films had strong openings, especially for January releases, and The Beekeeper will also likely perform well internationally.

Entering its second month (and year) in theaters, Wonka passed $175 million domestically with a fifth-weekend gross of $8.4 million. In fourth place, Anyone But You grossed $7.1 million. It’s less than $10 million away from becoming the highest-grossing romantic comedy since the start of the pandemic back in 2020. Last but not least, animated comedy Migration rounded out the top five with $6.2 million. With little to no family programming on the horizon, it has a decent chance to pass $100 million in the next few weeks.

The rest of January is relatively quiet in terms of new releases. Sci-fi thriller I.S.S. hits the big screen next week, followed the next weekend by thriller Miller’s Girl, starring Jenna Ortega and Martin Freeman.

1.  Mean Girls ($28.6 MM)
Director: Samantha Jayne (UTA), Arturo Perez Jr. (UTA)
Writer: Tina Fey (WME)
Cast: Angourie Rice (WME)
        Reneé Rapp (WME)
        Auli'i Cravalho (Gersh)

2.  The Beekeeper ($16.5 MM)
Director: David Ayer (WME)
Writers: Kurt Wimmer (UTA)
Cast: Jason Statham
        Emmy Raver-Lampman (CAA)
        Josh Hutcherson (Gersh)

3.  Wonka ($8.4 MM)
Director: Paul King (WME)
Writers: Simon Farnaby (Independent Talent Group), Paul King (WME)
Cast: Timothée Chalamet (UTA)
        Hugh Grant (CAA)
        Olivia Colman (CAA)

4. Anyone But You ($7.1 MM)
Director: Will Gluck (UTA)
Writers: Ilana Wolpert (UTA), Will Gluck (UTA)
Cast: Sydney Sweeney (Paradigm)
         Glen Powell (CAA)
         Dermot Mulroney (Paradigm)

5.  Migration ($6.2 MM)
Director: Benjamin Renner (UTA), Guylo Homsy
Writers: Mike White (UTA), Benjamin Renner (UTA)
Cast: Kumail Nanjiani (UTA)
        Elizabeth Banks (UTA)
        Danny DeVito (CAA)

Source: Box Office Mojo, The Numbers