Director Kenneth Branagh A ghost tour in Venice has started its North American box office run with $1.2 million in previews, just ahead of the final film in the Agatha Christie-inspired film series and other adult-skewing titles including Ticket to paradise. The last two films both opened with $1.1 million in previews on their way to opening to $13 million and $16.5 million, respectively.
Spooky in Venicefrom 20th Century Studios and Disney, also expects a domestic launch of $13 million to $15 million.
That’s not far ahead of the last film in the series, Death on the Nile, which opened to $12.8 million in February 2022, when the box office was still in recovery mode. The sequel was one of several films postponed due to COVID-19; it also faced negative publicity surrounding star Armie Hammer (he does not appear in the new film). That film’s cast also included Gal Gadot and Letitia Wright. Death on the Nile peaked at a modest $137.3 million worldwide.
In 2017, Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express turned into a sleeper hit after opening to $28.6 million domestically, on its way to earning more than $350 million worldwide. (The cast of the first film includes Michelle Pfeiffer and Johnny Depp.)
In addition to directing, Branagh reprises the role of the iconic detective Hercule Poirot A ghost tour in Vencie. The ensemble cast also includes Camille Cottin, Michelle Yeoh, Tina Fey, Jamie Dornan, Jude Hill, Kyle Allen and Riccardo Scamarcio.
As with other recent films, Branagh’s film had to make its final publicity push without the help of the cast due to the ongoing actors’ strike.
The filmmakers hope that good reviews will provide a benefit A ghost tour in Venicewhich currently rests at a 78 percent critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to 61 percent for Death on the Nile and 62 percent in favor Orient Express. The story follows the famous detective, now retired and living in Venice, as he tries to solve the murder of a young woman he met during a séance.
Disney, which inherited the adult franchise when it bought 20th Century Fox, kept the budget for the latest film at $60 million to $70 million, compared with nearly $100 million for Death on the Nile.
Craig Gillespies Stupid Money, about the 2021 GameStop stock phenomenon fueled by individual investors driven by social media, opens in limited release this weekend. Sony planned to roll out the film nationwide on September 22, but decided to slow down due to the strike and actors’ inability to promote the film.
Stupid money with Paul Dano and Pete Davidson. America Ferrera, Seth Rogen, Shailene Woodley and Anthony Ramos star in the film, which made its debut at the Toronto Film Festival.