Fuller estimates are in, and Matthew Vaughn’s globe-trotting spy comedy “Argylle” ultimately took in $18 million from North American theatres this weekend along with just $17.3 million from international markets.

That’s a worldwide debut of $35.3 million – despite the fact the film hit an empty marketplace with no real competition. Costing $200 million to produce, and bad critics and audience reviews suggesting it won’t have a long shelf life, it’s looking to be the first major misfire of the year.

Short of an unprecedented turnaround, it also doesn’t bode well for the grand plans Vaughn had for the franchise which included a trilogy and more. At a conventional studio, the film would have to take roughly $500 million in global ticket sales to make a profit.

This came from Apple Studios though, which saw its “Killers of the Flower Moon” and “Napoleon” debut to somewhat soft $23 million and $20.6 million weekends respectively.

Those managed strong reviews in the case of the former, and solid international performance in the latter, and both are Oscar contenders this year. Same can’t be said for “Argylle” and despite the deep pockets, Apple likely doesn’t want its brand associated with underperforming films.

The first three episodes of the fourth season of faith-based TV series “The Chosen” brought in $6 million over the three day and $7.4 million since Thursday to come in second place. Fathom Events will run these episodes for two weeks, and follow it up with episodes four through eight in the back half of the month.

“The Beekeeper” was third with $5.28 million with a U.S. tally of $49.2 million and a worldwide total of $122 million so far. “Wonka” was fourth with $4.7 million in the U.S. and so far has made its way to $571 million globally. “Migration” came in fifth with $4.2 million.

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