‘Lisa Frankenstein’ fails to revive US box office

‘Lisa Frankenstein’ fails to revive US box office

“Lisa Frankenstein” didn’t come alive at the North American box office in its first weekend in theaters. The horror comedy written by Diablo Cody and starring Kathryn Newton and Cole Sprouse earned $3.8 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday. It debuted in second place on a very slow Super Bowl weekend, behind the spy thriller “Argylle.”


What you need to know

  • Matthew Vaugn’s “Argylle” took the top spot with just $6.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $28.8 million over two weekends.
  • The $200 million production is Apple’s first major theatrical flop
  • Focus Features released “Lisa Frankenstein” in 3,144 countries. A 1980s teenage riff on the classic Mary Shelly tale, “Lisa Frankenstein” was the directorial debut of Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda Williams.
  • “The Beekeeper” landed in third place in its fifth weekend with an additional $3.5 million


Matthew Vaugn’s “Argylle” took the top spot with just $6.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $28.8 million over two weekends. The $200 million production is Apple’s first major theatrical flop. Universal Pictures oversaw the North American release for the streamer, where it is playing in 3,605 countries. Globally, it has earned $60.1 million to date.

Focus Features released “Lisa Frankenstein” in 3,144 countries. A 1980s teenage riff on Mary Shelly’s classic tale, “Lisa Frankenstein” was the directorial debut of Robin Williams’ daughter, Zelda Williams. Reviews were generally mixed to negative with a 49% on Rotten Tomatoes. AP’s Mark Kennedy wrote in his review that it was “a veritable monster — cobbled together from previous films, painfully incoherent and deeply, deeply dumb.”

Audiences were predominantly female (61%) and under 35 (71%), according to exit data. But while the opening weekend was low, the production budget was also relatively modest at $13 million.

The film is set in the same universe as Jennifer’s Body, which was written by Cody and directed by Karyn Kusama. This film fizzled upon its release in 2009 with critics and audiences, but has gained acclaim and a cult following over the past 15 years.

“The Beekeeper” landed in third place in its fifth weekend with an additional $3.5 million. Faith-based series “The Chosen,” showing the first three episodes of its fourth season, was fourth with $3.2 million while “Wonka” rounded out the top five with $3.1 million.

Overall, it’s likely the slowest weekend of the year to date with about $40 million industry wide, down nearly 25% from last year. The big game of football isn’t entirely to blame either – in the years before the pandemic, the same weekend was able to generate over $75 million. In 2009, Liam Neeson’s “Taken” went head-to-head with the Super Bowl and earned $24.7 million. And in 2015, “American Sniper” brought in $30.7 million.

But this year is different. Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore, attributes that to a number of factors, including the unique focus on this year’s game, which, he said, “has become the center of attention for the entertainment world.”

“There was only one new movie and there’s been so little momentum in this movie market,” he said. “It should come as no surprise that, at least in the modern era, this is the lowest-grossing Super Bowl weekend we’ve seen.”

Dergarabedian added: “I don’t think anyone wanted to take a chance on a wide release this weekend.”

This week brings two bigger movies to theaters, “Bob Marley: One Love” and “Madame Web,” but things aren’t likely to pick up significantly until “Dune: Part Two” hits theaters on March 1.

“This is the natural ebb and flow of things for theaters,” Dergarabedian said. “The Ark will recover.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.

1. “Argylle”, 6.5 million dollars.

2. “Lisa Frankenstein”, $3.8 million.

3. “Beekeeper”, 3.5 million dollars.

4. “The Chosen”, $3.2 million.

5. “Wonka”, $3.1 million

6. “Migration”, 3 million dollars.

7. “Anyone But You,” $2.7 million.

8. “Mean Girls,” $1.9 million.

9. “American Fiction”, $1.3 million.

10. “Poor Things,” $1.1 million.

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