As summer officially kicked off this year, moviegoers flocked to theaters to catch up on the hottest movies of the month. From action-packed blockbusters to romantic comedies, June was filled with exciting releases that left viewers on the edge of their seats. Let’s take a closer look at the box office breakdown to see which films reigned supreme.
At the top of the list was the highly anticipated film In the Heights. Directed by Jon M. Chu and based on the Tony-winning musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, the movie portrays the vibrant neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. With upbeat music and dazzling choreography, In the Heights proved to be an instant hit, grossing over $11 million in its opening weekend.
Following closely behind was the horror film The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. This third installment in the Conjuring franchise tells the true story of a murder trial in which demonic possession is used as a defense. As expected, the film delivered plenty of scares and suspense, earning over $10 million in its opening weekend.
Another successful release for June was A Quiet Place Part II. Directed by John Krasinski, the sequel picks up where the first film left off, as a family tries to survive in a world overrun by deadly creatures attracted to sound. Fans were eager to see the continuation of the story, as the film brought in over $58 million in its first five days in theaters.
On the romantic-comedy side, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard proved to be a popular choice. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek, the film follows hitman Darius Kincaid as he tries to save his wife Sonia from danger. While it may not have been a critical darling, the movie resonated with audiences, earning over $17 million in its first weekend.
Other notable releases in June included Cruella, the origin story of the iconic Disney villain, and the animated adventure Luca, about two young sea monsters who want to experience life on land. Both films drew in solid numbers, with Cruella earning over $82 million worldwide and Luca reaching a reported 1.6 million households on Disney+ in its debut weekend.
Overall, June was a strong month for movie releases, with a mix of genres and styles that appealed to a wide range of audiences. With summer in full swing, there are still plenty of highly anticipated films to look forward to, including Black Widow, Space Jam: A New Legacy, and The Suicide Squad. Box office numbers may continue to fluctuate, but one thing’s for certain – moviegoers are back and ready to indulge in some cinematic experiences.