‘Free Man’ tops $28 million at field workplace, Disney eyes sequel

Jodie Comer and Ryan Reynolds star in “Free Guy” at 20th Century Studios.

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Walt Disney’s “Free Guy” grossed more than $ 28 million at the domestic box office on the opening weekend, exceeding expectations.

The 20th Century Studio film starring Ryan Reynolds was expected to gross between $ 15 million and $ 20 million in the first three days. With 22.5 million US dollars from international ticket sales, the film secured around 51 million US dollars worldwide.

Positive word of mouth resulted in “Free Guy” seeing a 24% increase in ticket sales between Friday and Saturday, the most of any tent poles released that summer. The performance of the film appears to have pleased Disney, which Reynolds said is reportedly interested in a sequel.

“[And] to [three] Years as the original IP film, Disney today confirmed that they officially want a sequel, “the actor wrote on Twitter on Friday.

Disney officials did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

Box office analysts were eagerly watching the release of “Free Guy” as its theatrical-only release and original concept would be a barometer of the strength of the cinema industry.

Most of the high profile films that only appeared in theaters – such as Universals “F9” and Paramounts “A Quiet Place Part II” – belong to established film franchises and offer them a ready-made fan base.

It is the same was difficult with hybrid releases, like Warner Bros. ‘ “The Suicide Squad” to see if the pandemic had affected ticket sales or if the movie was available to stream at home.

“Free Guy emerged victorious in the latest box office stress test for the release model,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.

Dergarabedian said around 86% of theaters were open compared to 2019, the highest value in a weekend since March 2020.

“The film provides even more evidence that even in this challenging market, cinema exclusivity pays off not just on the opening weekend but over the long term,” he said.

Disclosure: Comcast is the parent company of NBCUniversal and CNBC. NBCUniversal distributed “F9”.

UK eyes testing COVID-19 passports at mass gatherings | Leisure

The UK authorities have stated that the badges could include the use of an app or paper certificates for those who do not have access to the digital option.

However, UK Sports Secretary Nigel Huddleston told reporters that “the earliest pilots almost certainly do not include any elements of certification,” but will include pre- and post-event testing. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to reveal more details on the coronavirus passports on Monday.

“We are doing everything we can to enable our country to reopen so that people can return to the events, travel and other things they love as safely as possible, and these reviews will play an important role in making that happen,” said Johnson.

Dozens of British lawmakers, including some from Johnson’s own Conservative Party, have opposed the plans.

Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove, who led the task force responsible for drafting the plans, admitted that vaccination records raise “a myriad of practical and ethical issues” that need to be addressed before broader adoption.

Officials said the testing events include the FA Cup semi-finals at London’s Wembley Stadium later this month with 4,000 in a 90,000-seat stadium and the final on May 15 with 21,000. Other events include the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, Central England and a comedy club get-together.