Ben Affleck’s ‘Hypnotic’ Crumbles at Box Office, ‘Guardians’ Rallies to Another Win

Hypnotic (Credit: Ketchup Entertainment)

Hypnotic made a disappointing debut this weekend at the box office.

The sci-fi thriller starring Ben Affleck only earned an estimated $2.3 million between Friday and Sunday, landing in sixth place, according to Comscore.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the film played in 2,118 locations across North America for a per theater average of just $1,112. With a reported production budget of $65 million, the thriller from Ketchup Entertainment will lose money.

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The plot focuses on Austin detective Danny Rourke (Affleck), who investigates a mystery involving his missing daughter and gets dragged into a series of reality-bending crimes.

The cast also includes Alice Braga, Jeff Fahey, Jackie Earle Haley, William Fichtner, Dayo Okeniyi, Hala Finley and JD Pardo.

Robert Rodriguez and Max Borenstein co-wrote the script, which critics described as “confused” and “pointlessly complicated.”

The thriller currently has a weak 38 percent score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences also panned the film, giving it a C+ CinemaScore.

Elsewhere at the box office, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 banked another $60.5 million this weekend, to easily hold onto the top spot. That brought its two week total to an incredible $213.2 million.

In second place was The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which earned $13.0 million in its sixth week of release. The film’s domestic total is now $535.9 million. Worldwide it’s earned a massive $1.2 billion.

Newcomer Book Club: The Next Chapter opened domestically with $6.5 million for a third place finish. The film about four best friends who take their book club to Italy for a fun girls trip features an all-star cast, including Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen. The cast also includes Giancarlo Giannini, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Hugh Quarshie, Craig T. Nelson, Vincent Riotta.

Evil Dead Rise was fourth with $3.7 million in its fourth week. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret rounded out the top 5 with $2.5 million in its third weekend.

Check out the box office chart from Comscore below:

Box Office Chart for May 14, 2023. (Credit: Comscore)