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Video game adaptation Uncharted made $44 million at the domestic box office this weekend. With a projected total of $51 million this Presidents’ Day long weekend, Tom Holland continues to dominate the box office.
This latest adventure film tells the story of Nathan Drake (Holland), who teams up with Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to find the lost treasure of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Other cast members include Antonio Banderas, Sophia Ali, and Tati Gabrielle.
Initially set to direct Uncharted, producer and director Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) stepped away from the video game-inspired movie to do Free Guy instead, another movie in the same genre. In a 2019 interview on the set of Free Guy, he told EW that his goal was not just to appeal towards gamers but rather to show how anyone can enjoy this genre.
“I think you’re often obsessed with servicing the fans of that video game, understandably. We want a movie that will appeal to gamers, but we will have failed if we only appeal to gamers. We really want a broadly accessible movie,” Levy told EW.
Director Ruben Fleischer, who Sony reached out to for the movie, said he was “completely blown away” by the script.
Fleisher told EW, “I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn when I say that it was a fast-moving train I was hopping aboard, but I was so stoked.” Holland added, “It was stressful. We were all guns blazing.”
Uncharted laid the “video game movie curse” to rest. The film was followed by Channing Tatum’s directorial debut in family comedy Dog, with an estimated $15 million following its release on February 18th. It focused on one Army ranger (Tatum) and his furry friend as they hurry down along the Pacific Coast towards a soldier’s funeral. It is projected to hit $18 million this long weekend.
Spider-Man: No Way Home, in which Holland plays Peter Parker, remains steady at third place and brought in an additional $7.2 million by Sunday. Kenneth Branagh’s murder mystery Death on the Nile and Jeff Tremaine’s Jackass Forever came fourth and fifth, garnering an additional $6.2 million and $5.2 million, respectively.