“Furiosa” barely outpaces “The Garfield Movie” for first place during a historically slow Memorial Day box office

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After battling ruthless kidnappers, chaotic warlords, and impossible survival odds, Furiosa has arrived at a new kind of Wasteland: the 2024 Memorial Day weekend box office.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga and all of its competitors have careened into a new low. Per Comscore, the latest  entry in George Miller’s blockbuster franchise won the weekend with a $25.5 million domestic debut, just barely eking out a win over The Garfield Movie’s $24.7 million earnings. But despite winning the race to the top, Furiosa’s success still marks the lowest earning Memorial Day weekend No. 1 movie in decades.

The holiday weekend typically launches big earners— see 2022’s Top Gun: Maverick, which earned a record-setting $160 million or even last year’s The Little Mermaid, which arrived to a splashy $118 million. Even A Quiet Place Part II, a release hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, earned $57 million over the 4-day weekend. Furiosa still has another day of earnings to consider, but hasn’t even cracked $30 million yet.

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<p>Warner Bros;Sony Pictures</p> Anya Taylor Joy in 'Furiosa'; Garfield in 'The Garfield Movie'

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Anya Taylor Joy in 'Furiosa'; Garfield in 'The Garfield Movie'

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Abroad, the action-packed thriller didn’t have much more luck, earning a global total of $58.8 million.

The highly anticipated prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road sees Anya Taylor Joy taking over from Charlize Theron as Furiosa, who we watch grow up after being snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and thrown into the clutches of the maniacal warlord, Dementus (Chris Hemsworth).

As Taylor-Joy notes in Entertainment Weekly's Furiosa cover story, the film finds Furiosa in a dangerous and emotionally difficult place: “She's not able to react the way that she wants to. She's not able to do what she wants. She's desperately trying to fulfill a promise [to get back home] in a world run by two insane men.” To become the fierce survivor that fans recall from Fury Road, Furiosa has her work cut out for her.

Elsewhere, The Garfield Movie — starring Chris Pratt as the lasagna-loving feline — earned an additional $38 million internationally for a global tally of $91 million.

Coming in third, John Krasinki’s IF added another $16 million domestically to its $58 million total, bringing its global intake to $98 million. The family-friendly outing from the A Quiet Place director stars Cailey Fleming as a 12-year-old who discovers that she can see imaginary friends, inciting a grand adventure as she seeks to reconnect forgotten IFs with their kids.

<p>Jonny Cournoyer/ Paramount Pictures</p> Ryan Reynolds and Cailey Fleming star in Paramount Pictures' "IF."

Jonny Cournoyer/ Paramount Pictures

Ryan Reynolds and Cailey Fleming star in Paramount Pictures' "IF."

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The film also stars Ryan Reynolds, Krasinski, and Fiona Shaw, with an all-star voice cast that includes the late, great Louis Gossett Jr., Steve Carrell, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes continued to drop in its third weekend of release, earning only $13 million and bringing its domestic cume to $122.8 million. The film once again fared better internationally, earning another $20 million towards its global cume of  $294.8 million.

Rounding out the trove 5 is The Fall Guy, the romcom that sees Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt turning on the charm as love interests. The stuntman comedy from Bullet Train director David Leitch is hanging on with another $5.9 million towards its domestic total of $72.2 million ($143.8 million globally).

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