'Furiosa' Sneaks Past 'Garfield' to Claim the No. 1 Spot Over Memorial Day Weekend

Furiosa won the holiday box office by a hair over Garfield.

It was a tight race, but the wasteland warrior from Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga came in slightly ahead of the chubby orange cat with an estimated $32 million in ticket sales over the four-day weekend, according to studio estimates Monday. “The Garfield Movie,” a Sony release, earned $31.1 million in its first four days.

The dust won't officially settle on the showdown until the final numbers are announced Tuesday, but for now Warner Bros. at least the number 1 movie in the country. Including international screenings, ongoing worldwide revenues are $64.8 million. But victory is still far away for the $168 million production starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth. George Miller's prequel stormed into theaters to strong reviews and was expected to have at least a slightly stronger debut.

For Sony, the launch of the more modestly budgeted “The Garfield Movie” is a win, even without the bragging rights of being in the top spot. The animated film voiced by Chris Pratt will likely have a long life at the box office once summer vacation begins for school-aged children. With its early international release, “The Garfield Movie” has already earned more than $91.1 million against its $60 million production budget.

But this weekend was also a sobering one for Hollywood as one of the worst Memorial Day weekend box office in decades, aside from 2020 when theaters were closed. Ticket sales are down 22% compared to 2023 and the difference can only widen as the summer progresses. Remember, at this point last year “Barbenheimer” hadn't even happened yet.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Monday in U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. The final domestic figures will be announced on Tuesday.

1. “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga,” $32 million.

2. “The Garfield Movie,” $31.1 million.

3. 'ALS', $21 million.

4. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,” $17.2 million.

5. “The Fall Guy,” $7.7 million.

6. “The Strangers: Chapter 1,” $6.9 million.

7. “Sight,” $3.6 million.

8. “Challengers,” $1.8 million.

9. 'Back to Black', $1.4 million.

10. “Babes,” $1.2 million.

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