‘Furiosa’, ‘Garfield’ Debut Below Expectations: Box Office Stumbles

## ‘Furiosa’ and ‘Garfield’ Debute Softly at Box Office, Marring Memorial Day Weekend

Hollywood, CA – Memorial Day weekend, typically a lucrative time for theaters, has underwhelmed this year with both “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” and “The Garfield Movie” failing to meet industry expectations.

### ‘Furiosa’ Fails to Ignite Box Office

Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” has premiered with a disappointing $10.2 million on its opening day, including Thursday night previews. This figure falls well short of earlier projections of $40 million or more over the four-day holiday weekend.

The action epic, a prequel to “Mad Max: Fury Road,” has received positive reviews but seems unable to generate the same level of excitement as its predecessor. Audiences have awarded it a “B+” CinemaScore grade, matching the rating given to “Fury Road.” However, the film’s inability to surpass “Fury Road’s” $16 million opening day earnings is a cause for concern.

### ‘The Garfield Movie’ Claws Its Way to Second Place

Sony Pictures’ adaptation of the iconic comic strip character “Garfield” has landed in second place with $8.3 million on Friday and Thursday previews. Projections indicate a four-day debut of over $31 million, putting it in a close race with “Furiosa” for the top spot.

The animated film, which features Chris Pratt voicing Garfield, has received mixed reviews but has earned a “B+” CinemaScore from audiences. Its respectable opening result comes despite fierce competition from “Furiosa.”

### ‘IF’ and ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ Maintain Positions

Paramount’s “IF” holds onto third place, earning $3.4 million on Friday, a 50% drop from last weekend. The family-friendly film is expected to earn around $20.7 million over the four-day frame, pushing its domestic total beyond $60 million.

Disney’s “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” remains in fourth place, grossing $3.4 million on Friday. The sci-fi epic’s domestic total is projected to reach $125 million by Sunday.

### Other Notable Openings

Angel Studios’ biographical drama “Sight,” about an immigrant eye surgeon’s journey, is expected to debut with around $3.6 million over the four-day frame. The film features Terry Chen and Greg Kinnear and has drawn attention for its direct address to the audience and inclusion of a QR code.