Actress Melissa McCarthy returned to theaters this weekend with her outlandish R-rated puppet comedy The Happytime Murders, although it managed to underperform with just over $10 million in third place. The opening is actually the worst of McCarthy’s career, for a movie opening in wide release, and when you take a closer look at the movie’s she’s opened, they often aren’t very consistent. With that in mind, we’re taking a deep dive through McCarthy’s previous films, and how they debuted at the box office.
There are movies McCarthy has appeared in that have opened worse than The Happytime Murders, but these are movies where she only had a minor role, like The Life of David Gale ($7.1 million), Drowning Mona ($5.8 million), White Oleander ($5.6 million) and Go ($4.7 million). There are also others which had worse debuts, since they were only given a limited debut such as St. Vincent ($109,878 from four theaters), The Nines ($23,617 from two theaters) and Pretty Ugly People ($2,522 from three theaters). Still, with those movies aside, The Happytime Murders marked a new career low for McCarthy.