Paramount’s ‘Mean Girls’ Musical Battles Amazon MGM’s ‘The Beekeeper’ for Box Office Supremacy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The box office battle between Paramount’s “Mean Girls” musical and Amazon MGM’s “The Beekeeper” is too close to call, with both films vying for the top spot. According to Amazon MGM, “The Beekeeper” claimed the number one position, earning $7.4 million in its third weekend of release. However, Paramount reports that the “Mean Girls” musical earned $7.3 million and may ultimately win the weekend once final numbers are calculated on Monday.

These competing films are facing a lackluster period at the box office, with no major studio releases for the second consecutive weekend. The industry is anticipating a slow start to the year, with upcoming releases like “Argylle” from Apple and Universal, “Madame Web” from Sony, and “Bob Marley: One Love” from Paramount not expected to significantly boost attendance until Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune Part II” arrives in March.

Despite the slow box office, “Mean Girls” has performed well, generating $60.8 million to date on a modest $36 million budget. Meanwhile, David Ayer’s action thriller “The Beekeeper” has grossed $41.6 million so far. Both films continue to hold their own in the midst of the lack of competition.

Other films rounding out the top five at the box office include Timothee Chalamet’s “Wonka,” Universal and Illumination’s animated “Migration,” and Sony’s rom-com “Anyone But You.” “Wonka” remains in the top three for an impressive seven consecutive weekends, earning a total of $195 million domestically. “Migration” crossed the $100 million mark, while “Anyone But You” has grossed $71.1 million domestically and $100.2 million worldwide after six weekends of release.

Oscar nominations have given a slight boost to films like “Poor Things,” “American Fiction,” and “The Zone of Interest.” “Poor Things,” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Emma Stone, saw a 32% increase in ticket sales after receiving 11 Academy Award nods. The off-beat comedy has accumulated a total of $24.5 million in sales. Meanwhile, Jonathan Glazer’s haunting Holocaust drama “The Zone of Interest” has earned $3 million to date.

As the box office competition heats up, it remains uncertain which film will come out on top. Final numbers on Monday will ultimately determine the winner, showcasing the ongoing battle between these two contenders.