‘Argylle’ Tops Box Office But With Shaky US$18 Million Debut

Argylle, despite winning this weekend’s domestic box office, had a sluggish start, pulling in only US$18 million across North America.

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The spy thriller, which boasts an ensemble cast including Bryce Dallas Howard, Henry Cavill, Sam Rockwell, Dua Lipa, Ariana DeBose, John Cena, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sofia Boutella, opened in 3,605 theaters. With a hefty production cost of over US$200 million, the film’s debut fell short of expectations. Internationally, Argylle garnered an additional US$17.3 million from 78 markets, bringing its global opening to US$35.3 million, as reported in Variety.

The film’s mild success this weekend comes as a relief to exhibitors seeking event films amidst a drop in new releases, a consequence of recent production strikes. Directed by Matthew Vaughn and scripted by Wonder Woman‘s Jason Fuchs, Argylle narrates the life of a reclusive spy novelist whose stories start unfolding in reality.

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Despite its premiere status and minimal competition, Argylle‘s worldwide total of US$35.3 million is seen as underwhelming against its production budget. The film outperformed its competitors, including the theatrical release of the American Christian historical drama The Chosen‘s fourth season, which earned second place with US$6 million. The Beekeeper, Wonka, and Migration followed in the box office rankings.

Argylle is Apple’s third major theatrical venture following the releases of Killers of The Flower Moon and Napoleon, both high-budget films. As Apple’s latest bet in cinema, Argylle aims to captivate audiences with its high-stakes espionage but faces the challenge of recouping its significant investment.