‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Faces a Perilous Quest to Box Office Success

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Paramount’s fantasy adventure has great reviews, but now it must sell itself to casual audiences

Paramount Pictures

Paramount/eOne’s “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” has received rave reviews since its SXSW premiere and has all the makings of a crowd-pleasing spring hit. But with a $150 million reported production budget, success as it opens in theaters this weekend is not a guarantee.

At the start of the week, box office trackers were projecting an opening weekend in the low $30 million range, nowhere near enough for this blockbuster to turn a profit. Since then, reviews from critics have come in praising the film as a fun adventure: very accessible to audiences who have never played “Dungeons & Dragons” while rewarding fans of the tabletop game with plenty of nods to the mythology of the Forgotten Realms.