‘Baby Driver’ second in weekend box office race
In Edgar Wright’s biggest box office opening to date, Baby Driver has racked up $21 million after opening in over 3000 US theaters this weekend. The music-led action film starring Ansel Elgort, Lily James, and Kevin Spacey, outlining the story of a gifted getaway driver, has clearly struck a chord with audiences as well as critics.
The offbeat film has beaten big studio movie The House, latest Will Ferrell vehicle and victim to the big-budget comedy curse, opening at just $9 million. The House’s understated humor and desperation-fuelled plot made for a stale offering that had viewers cringing, and not in a good way. After Fox’s Amy Schumer title Snatched and Paramount’s Baywatch failed to bring home the bacon, it is almost a year since a big comedy clicked past $100 million at the box office.
Meanwhile, The Beguiled expanded its release into 670 more theaters this weekend, taking in a healthy $3.2 million. Filled with atmospheric thrills and sexual tension, the film won Sofia Coppola the Best Director gong this year at Cannes.
Also on the rise is alternative comedy The Little Hours, which debuted at $61,560 across just two specialty theatres. Led by Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), the medieval romp delights with foul-mouthed nuns and a farcical plot reminiscent of Monty Python.