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Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Conquers Box Office and Hearts of Fans

  • Craig Miller
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  • June 12, 2023
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  • 3 minute read
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Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Conquers Box Office and Hearts of Fans

Key Takeaways
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves had an impressive $38.5 million domestic box office opening, exceeding expectations and receiving rave reviews from critics and audiences.
  • The film features a star-studded cast, including Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Regé-Jean Page, as well as an unexpected cameo by Bradley Cooper.
  • Directors Goldstein and Daley successfully blended comedy and epic action, making the film accessible to both D&D enthusiasts and newcomers alike.
  • Impressive visual effects, aided by storyboard artist Darrin Denlinger, helped create memorable scenes that elevated the film's visuals.
  • The film's successful debut and strong reviews set the stage for a promising new franchise, expanding the Dungeons & Dragons universe for Hasbro.

The highly anticipated film adaptation of the classic tabletop role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, has exceeded expectations by topping the domestic box office with an impressive $38.5 million opening.

Directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, the fantasy adventure film has received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, bridging the gap between die-hard D&D fans and newcomers to the realm.

With a production budget of $150 million, the film will need to maintain its momentum in the coming weeks to secure its status as a new movie franchise for Paramount and eOne.

From Freaks and Geeks to Dungeons & Dragons

In a serendipitous twist, Daley, who is best known for his role as Sam Weir in the cult classic TV show Freaks and Geeks, has come full circle with his involvement in the D&D film.

As part of the film’s marketing campaign, Paramount organized a mini-reunion with Freaks and Geeks co-stars Samm Levine and Martin Starr, which Daley eagerly embraced.

A Star-Studded Cast and a Surprise Cameo

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves boasts an ensemble cast that includes Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, Chloe Coleman, Daisy Head, and Hugh Grant.

Additionally, the film features a delightful and unexpected cameo by Bradley Cooper, who previously worked with Daley on the TV show Kitchen Confidential.

With a production budget of $150 million, the film will need to maintain its momentum in the coming weeks to secure its status as a new movie franchise for Paramount and eOne.

International Box Office and Future Potential

Internationally, the film raked in $33 million from 60 territories, bringing the global total to $71.5 million. While the film performed well in the UK, earning a robust $4.3 million, it faced a disappointing $5 million debut in China.

Regardless of its performance, the film has successfully expanded the overall Dungeons & Dragons universe for Hasbro.

Balancing Comedy and Epic Action

Directors Goldstein and Daley faced the challenge of blending comedy and epic action in their adaptation of the beloved game.

They sought to create a film that was accessible to both D&D enthusiasts and newcomers, focusing on story and character development.

Drawing inspiration from franchises like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, the duo aimed to create a film that would allow audiences to become invested in the characters without requiring extensive knowledge of the D&D universe.

Impressive Visual Effects and Memorable Scenes

One of the standout elements of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is its impressive visual effects, which were crafted with the help of storyboard artist Darrin Denlinger.

The film features a particularly memorable one-shot sequence showcasing the character Doric’s (Sophia Lillis) abilities.

The directors credited Denlinger with helping elevate the film’s visuals to a level they could be proud of.

A Promising Start for a New Franchise

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves has set the stage for a promising new franchise, with its successful box office debut, strong reviews, and dedicated fan base.

The film’s unique blend of comedy, action, and heartfelt storytelling is likely to resonate with audiences for years to come, paving the way for further exploration of the rich and diverse Dungeons & Dragons universe.

Craig Miller

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