Box Office Mojo has released the numbers for the weekend of February 19-21, and it looks like an animated movie starring Ryan Reynolds dominated the box office. The film beat out the likes of The Little Things, Judas and the Black Messiah, and the divisive – but wildly successful – Wonder Woman 1984. The strangest part? It’s a sequel no one really asked for, a follow-up to a movie that opened to decent reviews eight years ago. But hey, it’s making a killing so we will probably get another.
The Ryan Reynolds-starring film in question is The Croods: A New Age, the sequel to 2013’s The Croods. Directed by Joel Crawford, the film centers around a prehistoric family learning to live alongside the Bettermans, a human family with a handful of evolutionary advancements and advantages. Ryan Reynolds plays Guy (pictured below), an innovative young caveboy who is romantically interested in the Emma Stone-voiced character Eep.
The first Croods film was directed by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders and earned $11.6 million on its opening day in North America. It went on to dominate the weekend box office and eventually enjoyed a domestic gross of $187.2 million. It ended up making almost $600 million worldwide and became the fourth highest-grossing animated movie of 2013. It also enjoyed the distinction as the second highest-grossing Dreamworks animated film. It’s safe to say that Ryan Reynolds was absolutely a part of that first entry’s appeal. The guy is a box office draw, and his runaway success in the years since – especially his work with Marvel – has only reinforced that fact.
So far, The Croods: A New Age has raked in over $150 million worldwide, with that number absolutely expected to climb within the next few days. Domestically, it has grossed upwards of $50 million. These are decent numbers, and when you consider the fact that it kept The Little Things and Judas and the Black Messiah from that coveted top spot, maybe you will be a bit more impressed.
Ryan Reynolds has come a long way from his Just Friends days. Within the last five years, the actor has played the title role in both Deadpool movies, voiced Pikachu in Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, and starred in the wildly successful Netflix movie 6 Underground. Even more impressively, he is working on bringing Deadpool into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If he does a good job, it is very likely that we’ll see even more of Deadpool in the near future. Of course, he has been in many, many more films but those are a few that stand out as being among his most memorable.
Ryan Reynolds is also set to star in Free Guy, Deadpool 3, and other, more unannounced films that we will certainly hear more about soon. Free Guy will be the first of the aforementioned movies to hit theaters, with its release date currently set for May 21, 2021. That could obviously change at any point (thanks, COVID) but for now, that is the date the studio has locked in.
But if you can’t wait that long for more Ryan Reynolds goodness, go back and rediscover some of his “older” films! The guy has an incredibly impressive filmography,