Missing sleuthed its way to financial success at the weekend box office.
The mystery thriller opened with an estimated $9.3 million from 3,025 locations, box office tracking company Comscore reported Sunday.
While that was just enough for a fourth place finish, it’s still newsworthy considering the thriller made back its entire $7 million production budget in two days. Sony’s presentation of the Stage 6 Films and Screen Gems thriller rang up $3.4 million on Friday, $3.6 million on Saturday, and a projected $2.1 million on Sunday.
The film stars Storm Reid, Nia Long, Tim Griffin, Megan Suri, Joaquim de Almeida and Ken Leung.
It follows a young woman (Reid) who creatively uses technology and the internet to search for her mother, who disappears while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend.
A standalone sequel to the 2018 film Searching from Aneesh Chaganty, Missing is written and directed by Nick Johnson and Will Merrick.
Elsewhere at the box office, Avatar: The Way of Water held onto the #1 position for a sixth straight weekend, after taking in another $19.6 million in the U.S. and Canada. To date, the sequel has earned $598 million domestically and $1.9 billion worldwide.
In second place, Universal Pictures presentation of DreamWorks Animation’s Puss In Boots: The Last Wish earned $11.5 million in its fifth weekend.
The horror film M3GAN took in another $9.8 million in its third week, for a third place finish.
As mentioned, Missing opened in fourth place with $9.3 million. The Tom Hanks comedy drama A Man Called Otto rounded out the top five with $9 million in its fourth week.
So far this year, the domestic box office is at $477.8 million. That’s up 47 from this time in 2022, according to Comscore.