‘Challengers’ Leads Quiet Box Office Weekend With $15 Million Opening

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The Amazon MGM drama sets a new U.S. record for Luca Guadagnino while “Dune: Part Two” and “Godzilla x Kong” hit milestones

Zendaya in "Challengers" (Amazon MGM Studios)

As the box office navigates another slow period due to a lack of a huge April tentpole hit, Amazon MGM’s “Challengers” needed just $15 million in its opening weekend to take the No. 1 spot.

Starring Zendaya in a tennis drama about a player turned coach who navigates a love triangle between the two men she trains, “Challengers” will easily become the highest grossing film ever in the U.S. for director Luca Guadagnino, with the previous record being the $18 million grossed by his Oscar winner “Call Me By Your Name” in 2017.

“Challengers” is also earning the second highest launch for an original R-rated drama since the pandemic behind only the $19 million opening for “Don’t Worry Darling” in 2022, a film that grossed $87 million worldwide.


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