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Box Office: ‘Last Voyage of the Demeter’ Sinking After $2.6 Million Opening Day, ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’ Sail On

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“Unveiling the Mysterious Plunge: ‘Last Voyage of the Demeter’ Flounders as ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’ Shine Bright

Dark Waters of Debut: ‘Demeter’ Struggles to Stay Afloat

Amidst the celestial crescendo of cinematic triumphs, where “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” dazzle like celestial constellations, a shadowy tale emerges from the abyss. “The Last Voyage of the Demeter,” a cinematic voyage into period horror, finds itself in the throes of a tempestuous debut, as the marquee lights flicker uneasily.

Universal Studios, determined to rekindle the Dracula mythos after the springtime stumble of “Renfield,” now faces turbulent waters. The opening day, a mere whisper of their aspirations, echoes with $2.62 million garnered from 2,715 theaters, a sum that embraces a modest $750,000 from Thursday’s anticipatory glimpses. Alas, the forecast for “The Last Voyage of the Demeter” foretells a humbling fifth-place inception and a paltry $6.5 million in its inaugural weekend. A sudden descent into obscurity unveils the bitter truth: a summer eve is fading, its crescendo faltering against the iceberg of a genre that refuses to conform. Despite a budget tethered at $45 million—fiscally prudent for a period opus—the climb to theatrical glory appears insurmountable. A mere 27% applause resonates from the esteemed critics of Rotten Tomatoes, while the audience’s verdict, a middling “B-,” resonates somberly through the corridors of Cinema Score.

Box Office: ‘Last Voyage of the Demeter’ Sinking After $2.6 Million Opening Day, ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’ Sail On
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From Stoker’s Pages to Silver Screen: The Eerie Odyssey of ‘Demeter’

From the pages of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” a tale materializes—a merchant ship ensnared in the embrace of darkness. André Øvredal, known for weaving spine-chilling narratives as seen in “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” directs this vision. In a symphony of talent, Corey Hawkins, Aisling Franciosi, Liam Cunningham, and David Dastmalchian form the cast that breathes life into this spectral voyage.

“Barbie’s” Celestial Reign: A Billion-Dollar Dream Unfolds

Yet, as “Demeter” grapples with stormy seas, a celestial body still ascends. “Barbie,” a tapestry woven with fantasy and comedy, dazzles even as the night deepens. Theatrical halls, now celestial arenas, pulse with the echoes of $31.4 million resonating from 4,178 sanctuaries. A mere 41% retreat from the prior crescendo reminds all that the enchantment persists. In the tapestry of Hollywood, Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” emerges as the first female maestro to orchestrate a billion-dollar spectacle. Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, the luminaries of this fairy tale, elevate it to soaring heights. Surpassing the $500 million zenith domestically, whispers hint at the crowning of this whimsical wonder as Warner Bros.’ highest-grossing treasure in North America—a throne previously held by “The Dark Knight.”

The Luminous Trail of ‘Oppenheimer’: A Historical Tapestry

As the heavens applaud “Barbie,” the tale of “Oppenheimer” commands attention. Christopher Nolan’s opus continues its somber yet spectacular odyssey, weaving a tapestry of history. A $5.1 million nocturnal symphony echoes from 3,761 theaters, a 39% sigh from its preceding stanza. A forecast of $17.2 million for the weekend beckons, a harmony 41% softer than its previous reverberation. With a domestic opus of $262 million, “Oppenheimer” weaves a saga of its own.

Beyond Shadows: The Animated Reverberations of ‘Mutant Mayhem’ and the Submerged Echo of ‘Meg 2: The Trench’

In the third quadrant of this cosmic ballet, Paramount Pictures ushers forth “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem,” a vibrant crescendo of animation. An offering of $4 million from 3,950 chambers greets the second Friday, a spirited encore dimmed by a 56% wane from its inaugural ovation. The collaboration of Nickelodeon Movies and Point Grey Productions dances towards a $14.6 million finale, unfurling a banner of victory on a canvas adorned with a domestic tally beyond $71.6 million.

Still, the aquatic pulse of “Meg 2: The Trench” yields more subdued waves at the box office shores. A modest $11.8 million ripples from 3,604 theaters in its encore, a 60% retreat from its $30 million maiden voyage. Thus, a tale of diminished vigour follows in the wake of the 2018 original’s $45 million salvo.*

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