“Free Guy” breaks free at box office, banking over $300m worldwide
The movie Free Guy has been the surprise of the summer and continues to exceed expectations. On Monday, the Disney/20th Century Studios film passed $300 million at the worldwide box office, becoming just the fifth Hollywood title to cross this threshold in 2021. So far, the Ryan Reynolds film has grossed $114.1 million domestically and $203.3 million at the international box office for a total of $317.4 million.
This is not just a box office win for Disney, but this is also a win for original IP as this is the only original IP film to hit $300 million in 2021 and only the second, besides Tenet, to do so since the pandemic began. The video game-inspired film directed by Shawn Levy is a hit with both audiences and critics as it holds an 80% critical score on Rotten Tomatoes and an A grade on Cinema Score.
While hitting $300 million seems tame compared to most blockbusters, considering Free Guy debuted in August, right as the Delta variant began to spread, it’s a relatively impressive showing at the box office. It was also the first release by Disney to be exclusive to theaters after both Jungle Cruise and Black Widow had hybrid releases in theaters and on Disney+. That was a decision that’s come back to haunt Disney, based on Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit filed against them.