‘The Garfield Movie’ goes back for seconds, takes the No. 1 spot

A weak weekend allows ‘Garfield’ to feast while ‘Furiosa’ falls to No. 3.

‘The Garfield Movie’ goes back for seconds, takes the No. 1 spot
Garfield in The Garfield Movie. / Columbia Pictures

Hello! Welcome to The Box Office Report for the weekend of May 31-June 2, 2024.

1. The Garfield Movie

Weekend gross: $14M
Total domestic gross: $51.6M
Last weekend: 2nd
Percent drop: 42

Huh, who would’ve guessed that shutting down the movie industry and delaying a bunch of releases instead of agreeing to the fair contract requests from the writers and actors unions would’ve backfired on the studios? (Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse debuted with $120.7 million this weekend last year.)

With no new major movie hitting theaters this weekend, The Garfield Movie was able to snag the No. 1 spot that it was so close to winning last weekend. Comparing the fully animated The Garfield Movie to 2004’s hybrid Garfield: The Movie isn’t an exact one-to-one, but the Chris Pratt take is outperforming the Bill Murray version through two weekends, $51.6 million to $42.4 million.

(In non box office news, I saw a promo where Pratt’s Garfield says he goes by “G Money.” I’ve read a ton of Garfield in my life, and I don’t think that’s something that Garfield would ever say. Based on the Wikipedia summary for The Garfield Movie, the people behind this one really missed the mark when it comes to capturing Garfield.)

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2. IF

Weekend gross: $10.8M
Total domestic gross: $80.4M
Last weekend: 33
Percent drop: 3rd

The Garfield Movie wasn’t the only family-friendly film to take advantage of the weak weekend. John Krasinski and Ryan ReynoldsIF jumped up from the third spot last week to barely slip by Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. It’s close, though. Estimates have IF at $10,800,000 and Furiosa at $10,750,000.