‘Challengers’ Starring Zendaya Is No. 1 At The Box Office

“Challengers” Smashes its Way to the Top!

In a world where tennis meets drama meets comedy, “Challengers” serves up a smashing victory at the box office, leaving audiences both amused and impressed. Luca Guadagnino’s latest masterpiece, spearheaded by the indomitable Zendaya, aced its opening weekend, raking in a cool $15 million from 3,477 theaters. That’s more impressive than mastering a backhand in stilettos!

This cinematic marvel claims the title of the second-best start for an original R-rated drama since the pandemic era began, trailing only behind “Don’t Worry Darling.” Who knew a little raunchiness and a lot of racket could be such a crowd-pleaser?

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“Challengers” is on track to become Guadagnino’s crowning glory domestically, poised to outshine even the dreamy “Call Me By Your Name,” which netted about $18 million. Move over peaches, tennis is the new symbol of love and longing!

Not content with just ruling the domestic court, “Challengers” is scoring big globally, pocketing an additional $9 million from 52 markets. It’s like the Wimbledon of box office success!

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And the critics? They’re serving up compliments faster than an ace on match point. With an 87% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clear that “Challengers” has hit the sweet spot between entertainment and excellence.

But what’s the secret sauce behind this cinematic triumph? Look no further than Zendaya, who shines as Tashi Duncan, a tennis powerhouse turned coach with a killer backhand and an even sharper wit. Paired with Mike Faist as her champion hubby in need of redemption, the on-screen chemistry sizzles hotter than a summer afternoon on Centre Court. Throw in Josh O’Connor as the washed-up Patrick, and you’ve got a love triangle juicier than a ripe watermelon at a tennis picnic.

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As past rivalries clash and tensions rise, “Challengers” serves up a volley of laughs, love, and aces, leaving audiences wondering: What’s the true cost of victory? Grab your popcorn and your tennis racket, because this match is just getting started!

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