Dungeons & Dragons fails at launch and beats John Wick 4

Dungeons & Dragons fails at launch and beats John Wick 4
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Screen adaptation of popular board game fails to perform well
Despite a massive advertising campaign and a huge fan base, the adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons: Thieves' Honor failed to show any impressive results at the domestic box office.

It premiered in North America at just $38.5 million, which for a project with a production budget in excess of $150 million can safely be considered a poor start.

The upcoming spring school and Easter break will be a favourable factor for the screen adaptation's box office. But game adaptations have always been a risky business in Hollywood. Last year, Sony's Ancharted: It's Not on the Map debuted in the US market at $44 million, but ended up being quite successful.

However, $38.5 million was enough to take away the lead from the action thriller John Wick 4, which came in second place with $28.2 million. Worldwide grosses topped $244 million.

Abroad, Dungeons & Dragons: Thieves' Honor debuted with $33 million in 60 territories, representing 83 per cent of the international market. Among the countries where it took the top spot, the UK led the way with $4.3 million. China disappointed with five million dollars.