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February Box Office Sacked by Super Bowl as ‘Argylle’ Retains Top Spot

The Big Picture

  • Super Bowl Sunday led to the lowest box office weekend in almost 40 years due to a lack of big movies and media attention on the game.
  • Argylle
    remained in the top spot at the box office, grossing another $6.5 million and totaling $28.1 million domestically.
  • Lisa Frankenstein
    opened in second place with $3.8 million and
    The Beekeeper
    became Jason Statham’s highest-grossing solo film.

The weekend’s box office got sacked by Super Bowl Sunday as a lack of big-hitting movies, combined with unprecedented media attention on the showdown between the victorious Kansas City Chiefs and rivals San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, made for the lowest Super Bowl weekend at the box office in almost 40 years, outside of 2020, for obvious reasons. But in fairness to Hollywood, this weekend wasn’t about what’s out now — they spent all their money advertising the movies that are to come, instead.

Number one spot, again, was taken by Argylle from Matthew Vaughn. The comedic spy romp took a 63% drop following last weekend, grossing $6.5 million and adding up to a domestic total of $28.1 million, according to Apple Original Films and distribution partner Universal. Apple does tend to take these big “studio” productions as loss leaders as they drive audiences to their streaming platform, where Argylle is destined to end up. The movie is a fun spy adventure full of twists and turns, with a knockout performance by Bryce Dallas Howard as the reclusive author Elly Conway.

Opening in second place was Focus Features’ horror-comedy Lisa Frankenstein, with a domestic gross of $3.8 million after the distributor decided to go with a wide release on the movie to grab the attention of viewers who weren’t bothered about the football game. The movie sees Kathryn Newton‘s character decide to bring a corpse (Cole Sprouse) back to life and fall in love. It’s the kind of romantic story we need these days. Check out the review written by Collider’s Taylor Gates.

Jason Statham‘s The Beekeeper became the English action star’s highest-grossing solo film after a $3.468 million haul, just a 34% drop from last weekend, taking its domestic total to $54.663 million and a worldwide gross of $133.9 million. The movie, which also stars Josh Hutcherson and Jeremy Irons, follows Statham’s former operative as he unleashes a campaign of vengeance against those who harmed a loved one.

‘Wonka’ Keeps Tasting Sweet Success at the Box Office

Cropped image of Timothee Chalamet as Willy Wonka holding a cane above his head on a poster for Wonka
Image via Warner Bros.

The top five was rounded out by Wonka and Migration, with the former still showing immensely strong legs even 9 weeks after release. The domestic total now stands at a staggering $205 million, while worldwide, Timotheé Chalamet‘s chocolatier is just as popular, grossing $587.6 million globally. Clearly, viewers have never had chocolate like this. Migration, the animation from Illumination, took just over $3 million for a domestic total of $110 million and a global tally of $235.2 million.

This weekend, two films with wildly different plots grace theaters. Kingsley Ben-Adir takes on the title role in Bob Marley: One Love, with the counterprogramming to that one arriving in the shape of Sony Pictures’ Madame Web, the latest Spider-Man off-shoot which looks morbidly fascinating at this stage. In the specialty and limited markets, keep an eye out for Bleeding Love, the directorial feature debut of Clara McGregor, the daughter of Ewan McGregor. The film stars the pair as dad and daughter on an emotional road trip.

New 'Argylle' movie poster showcases Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell, Henry Cavill, John Cena, Dua Lipa, Bryan Cranston, Sofia Boutella, with Ariana DeBose and Catherine O’Hara and Samuel L. Jackson


An introverted spy novelist is drawn into the activities of a sinister underground syndicate.

Release Date
February 2, 2024

Matthew Vaughn

135 minutes

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