Mean Girls unsurprisingly dominates the weekend box office


Love it or hate it (and our editor certainly didn’t like it), Mean Girls was able to dominate the weekend box office for MLK Jr. weekend. Bringing in $28 million domestically with another $4 predicted for the holiday, this is a pretty solid debut for the $36 million budgeted remake. Internationally, the film did okay, but $6.5 million from only 16 territories makes the number feel better.

Variety has a better breakdown of the demographics that went to see Mean Girls, but would you be shocked if I told you that moviegoers were overwhelmingly female? 76%, in fact, with that further breaking down to 60% under the age of 25. For as much of a nostalgic draw as this film is for millennials, it seems that Gen Z and Alpha were also interested.

Elsewhere in the top 10, newcomer The Beekeeper grabbed a comfortable second place with $16.7 million. Wonka finally slid a little to third and managed to take only half of Beekeeper’s haul with $8.3 million, though the film is now over a month old. Anyone But You came in fourth, actually climbing from last week, with $6.9 million.

Rounding out the top five was Migration, that weird comedy about migratory birds that has somehow become profitable. It added $6.1 million to its total, which is better than Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. That only scored $5.2 million and is unlikely to ever break even, let alone earn revenue.

Here are the top 10 films for the weekend of January 12-14, 2024. All totals listed are domestic:

  1. Mean Girls – $28 million
  2. The Beekeeper – $16.7 million
  3. Wonka – $8.3 million
  4. Anyone But You – $6.9 million
  5. Migration – $6.1 million
  6. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom – $5.2 million
  7. Night Swim – $4.6 million
  8. Guntur Kaaram – $4.1 million
  9. The Boys in the Boat – $3.5 million
  10. The Book of Clarence – $2.5 million
[Source] Variety, The Numbers

Peter Glagowski
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