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Box Office: ‘Uncharted’ Stays on Top in Second Domestic Weekend

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To twist the words of Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent, it’s always darkest before the dawn, especially at the box office. North American theaters are having a quiet weekend led by holdover releases ahead of the big kahuna on the horizon in Warner Bros.’ “The Batman.” With the Dark Knight’s rise still a few days away, Sony’s “Uncharted” has an easy path to staying on top of domestic charts in its second weekend.

The adaptation of Sony’s series of PlayStation games is holding well, with the studio projecting a $23 million gross for its sophomore outing. That’s a 45% drop from its $44 million opening — a debut that already beat initial expectations. Big-budgeted spectacles and adaptations of well-known properties can tend to be front-loaded in terms of box office grosses, so a drop of less than 50% is a marked victory for “Uncharted.” Last weekend, the Tom Holland action vehicle enjoyed the domestic box office’s biggest opening since the star’s last film, “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which dominated the holiday season to become the third highest-grossing domestic film release in history.

Directed by “Zombieland” duology 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 been met with largely negative reviews from critics, turning in a 40% score on the critical aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences have been more receptive; the film scored a “B+” CinemaScore rating, indicating general approval from ticket buyers. Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman was somewhat forgiving, 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.”

In terms of new releases for the weekend, neither of the weekend’s two biggest debuts made much noise in their openings.

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