“Uncharted” is looking to climb to the top of the domestic box office in its opening weekend. Ruben Fleischer’s adventure film is projected to earn $45 million over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend — a tally that would notch it as the biggest theatrical opening of 2022 so far.
Sony Pictures’ “Uncharted” earned $15.4 million on Friday from 4,275 locations, setting itself up for a No. 1 debut. The Tom Holland vehicle marks the box office’s biggest opening since the actor’s last film, “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which dominated the holiday season to become the third highest-grossing domestic film release in history.
After anchoring a Marvel trilogy, “Uncharted” is seen as a test of Holland’s box office appeal outside of spandex. The film marks his first starring role in a non-Marvel blockbuster, apart from last spring’s “Chaos Walking,” which sat on Lionsgate’s shelf for years and hardly made any noise in the middle of a pandemic. A $45 million four-day gross would be a more-than-healthy indicator of Holland’s bankability, though “Uncharted” will still rely on overseas grosses to recoup its $120 million production budget.
Directed by “Venom” helmer Ruben Fleischer, “Uncharted” stars Holland as treasure hunter Nathan Drake. The rest of the cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Sophia Ali and Antonio Banderas. The film has received mixed reviews from critics, with Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman calling it “a lively but thinly scripted and overlong mad-dash caper movie, propelled by actors you wish, after a while, had more interesting things to say and do.”
On the other hand, Channing Tatum’s “Dog” took in $1.3 million in Thursday previews. The heartwarming tale, which Tatum co-directed with Reid Carolin, follows a retired Army Ranger (Tatum) who goes on an adventure with his pup to make it to a soldier’s funeral on time.
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