The DreamWorks animated heist film “The Bad Guys” was the highest movie in U.S. and Canada theaters for the second straight weekend, in response to studio estimates Sunday, whereas the newest Liam Neeson thriller instructed the actor’s explicit set of expertise could also be carrying skinny with audiences.

“The Unhealthy Guys,” distributed by Common Photos, made $16.1 million in ticket gross sales in its second weekend, holding effectively with solely a 33% drop from final weekend. The movie, tailored from Aaron Blabey’s children’ graphic novel, has helped reignite household moviegoing.

April moviegoing was largely dominated by Paramount Photos’ “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” — which stayed in second place with $11.4 million, bringing its cumulative complete to $160.9 million — and “The Unhealthy Guys,” with $44.4 million in two weeks.

The latest Neeson thriller, “Memory,” nevertheless, was largely forgotten by moviegoers. The Open Street-Briarcliffe Leisure R-rated launch launched with an estimated $3.1 million in 2,555 areas. That’s a lot in keeping with the previous few movies staring Neeson. Prior to now two years, “Blacklight” (a $3.5 million debut), “Trustworthy Thief” ($4.1 million) and “The Marksman” ($3.1 million) all opened equally.

The final Neeson thriller to make a dent was 2019′s “Chilly Pursuit,” which debuted with $11 million and in the end grossed $62.6 million worldwide. However both because of oversaturation or lackluster reception (“Reminiscence” has a 30% “recent” ranking on Rotten Tomatoes”), a as soon as reliable box-office drive has gone chilly.

“Neeson’s pre-pandemic crime pics did effectively, together with the profitable ‘Taken’ sequence, however audiences are exhibiting little curiosity now,” David A. Gross, who runs the film consultancy FranchiseRe, wrote in a e-newsletter. “Moviegoing exercise is bettering, however ‘Reminiscence,’ in addition to ‘Blacklight’ and ‘The Marksman,’ are hitting a wall.”

The eighth-place “Reminiscence” was the one new extensive launch on a quiet weekend in theaters forward of the Friday launch of Marvel’s “Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity.” The Walt Disney Co. launch will successfully kick off Hollywood’s summer season season, one the business is hoping will method pre-pandemic ranges.

Studios final week trumpeted their summer season slates on the business conference CinemaCon, elevating expectations for big-budget movies like “Prime Gun: Maverick” and “Jurassic World Dominion.”

The brightest spot in theaters presently continues to be “Everything Everywhere all at Once,” which dropped simply 2% in its sixth week of launch with $5.5 million. The movie, an existential metaverse motion comedy starring Michelle Yeoh, has had unusually lengthy legs in theaters, and with $35.5 million in gross sales thus far, ranks as certainly one of indie studio A24′s greatest hits.

Estimated ticket gross sales for Friday by means of Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, in response to Comscore. Ultimate home figures will probably be launched Monday.

1. “The Unhealthy Guys,” $16.1 million.

2. “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” $11.4 million.

3. “Incredible Beasts: The Secrets and techniques of Dumbledore,” $8.3 million.

4. “The Northman,” $6.3 million.

5. “All the things All over the place all at As soon as,” $5.5 million.

6. “The Insufferable Weight of Huge Expertise,” $3.9 million.

7. “The Misplaced Metropolis,” $3.9 million.

8. “Reminiscence,” $3.1 million.

9. “Father Stu,” $2.2 million.

10. “Morbius,” $1.5 million.