Most Popular Movies to Watch in Theaters This Week

Another week brings new films! With so many new releases to choose from, it might be hard to pick the perfect movie for you or at least one that will be worth your ticket price. Box office records can be a pretty good indicator of popularity and interest. With some help from the film industry data website, The Numbers, here are the 10 most popular movies to watch in theaters this week.

Please note that these statistics were taken from The Daily Domestic Chart on Monday, July 4th. 

#10: Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

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Poster for MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON/ CREDIT: © 2022 A24. All Rights Reserved

The A24 film grossed $49,302 on Monday, July 4th. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is a movie for all ages. Following a little shell named Marcel and his journey to find his long-lost family, this full-length feature will get you laughing and crying simultaneously. This is one of several movies to watch this week.

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 #9: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

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Poster for DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS/ CREDIT: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Marvel is always high on the box office charts, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was no different. On Monday, July 4th, the film grossed $72,183, making it number 8 for movies to watch. Benedict Cumberbatch returns as former neurosurgeon and master of the mystic of the arts, Dr. Stephen Strange, to save the world after opening a portal that puts society in danger. Elizabeth Olsen reprises her role as the Scarlet Witch Wanda, while Rachel McAdams and Benedict Wong return as Christine Palmer and Wong, respectively.

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#8: Everything Everywhere All At Once

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Poster for A24’s EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE/ CREDIT: James Jean © 2022 A24. All Rights Reserved

Even after more than 102 days in theaters, Everything Everywhere All At Once still stays in the top 10 of the box office charts; it grossed $121,354 on Monday, July 4th. The A24 film has touched audiences everywhere with its story about a Chinese-American woman (played by Michelle Yeoh) who becomes an unlikely hero to save her family and humanity. While the movie touches on multi-dimensions and science fiction, it also covers the complex relationship between immigrant parents and their children.

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#7: Mr. Malcolm’s List 

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Poster for MR. MALCOLM’S LIST/ CREDIT: Bleecker Street & Universal Pictures

Flashback to the regency era with Mr. Malcolm’s List because period dramas are in now more than ever. The Bridgerton series is leading Netflix, and now this film is at the top of the box office charts, grossing $189,564 on Monday, July 4th. The movie follows Selina (Freida Pinto), a young lady in 19th century England that lures wealthy suitor Mr. Malcolm (Sope Dirisu) to fall in love with her after he hurts her friend Julia (Zawe Ashton).

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#6: Lightyear

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Poster for LIGHTYEAR/ CREDIT: © 2022 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Everyone’s favorite Captain America, Chris Evans, takes on another beloved character — Buzz Lightyear. We watch how Buzz Lightyear came to be in this Disney film as the real-life space ranger embarks on a space adventure. All ages love this origin story, with box office records showing that the movie grossed $1,181,011 on Monday, July 4th.

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#5: The Black Phone

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Poster for THE BLACK PHONE, now in theaters./ CREDIT: © 2022 Universal Pictures/ EPK.TV

A horror film enters the box office charts, grossing $1,915,895 on Monday, July 4th. The Black Phone follows 13-year-old outcast Finney Shaw (Mason Thames), who gets trapped in the basement of a sadistic serial killer named The Grabber (played by Ethan Hawke). Finney’s only saving grace is a disconnected phone where he can hear all of the killer’s previous victims trying to help him escape. This proves that horror movies are a crowd-pleaser, and audiences should get ready for even more coming later this year.

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#4: Jurassic World: Dominion

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Poster for JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION/ CREDIT: © 2022 Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved/ EPK.TV

This modern Jurassic World trilogy ends with a twist of nostalgia. In Jurassic World: Dominion, humans now live with dinosaurs in a fragile but safer society. Will this last though? Along with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprising their roles, we also see the return of Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler and Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant. In this case, old favorites mix wonderfully with new ones as the film grossed $3,252,140 on July 4th.

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#3: Elvis 

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Poster for ELVIS/ CREDIT: © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The rock ‘n’ roll legend comes back to life (on-screen) in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis. The biopic leads the box office charts and grossed $4,255,000 on Monday, July 4th. Austin Butler shines as the “King of rock ‘n’ roll” while Tom Hanks plays his conniving manager Colonel Tom Parker.

Hollywood.com’s review praises the film, calling it “a new age introduction” that “brings together different generations.” Also, you can’t stop yourself from singing and dancing along to the soundtrack.

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#2: Top Gun: Maverick

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Poster for TOP GUN: MAVERICK/ CREDIT: © 2019 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All rights reserved.

Top Gun: Maverick has been in theaters for over 50 days and sits at number 2 on the box office charts. The film grossed $6,371,672 on Monday, July 4th. Over 30 years after the original Top Gun, Tom Cruise dusted off his fighter pilot training to reprise his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. He is put to the task of teaching a brand new group of graduates, with one being the son of his late friend Goose — Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (played by Miles Teller).

This sequel is Tom Cruise’s highest-grossing movie of all time, even surpassing the original film. Will this be one of your many movies to watch this weekend?

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#1: Minions: The Rise of Gru

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Poster for MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU/ CREDIT: © 2022 Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved/ EPK.TV

One of the newest releases of the bunch, Minions: The Rise of Gru, grossed over $16 million on Monday, July 4th. After getting multiple Despicable Me sequels and a Minions movie, we finally get the origin story of how Gru and his minions became the unstoppable group they are now. The film stars Steve Carell, Julie Andrews, Taraji P. Henson, and Russell Brand, among others. Out of all movies to watch this week, this may top your list.

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