Dwayne Johnson’s “Fighting with my Family’ released in four locations this week, offering a small preview of the film before it releases nationwide next weekend. The bio-drama features an all-star cast including Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Nick Frost, Florence Pugh, and Olivia Bernstone, and opened this weekend with an impressive $131K debut.
The story follows a former wrestler touring the country with his children. The focal point is the younger generation that are hoping to join the ranks of World Wrestling Entertainment. Stephen Merchant wrote and directed the film, which hit the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. “Fighting with my Family” currently sits with a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and is projected to make $7M next weekend when the film opens nationwide.
The story follows Saraya “Paige” Bevis, played by Florence Pugh, who grew up in a family of pro wrestlers in England before making it big in the WWE. Having Johnson in the film certainly added a bit of credibility for wrestling fans, but Florence Pugh has been the standout performance among most critics. Just like Paige, Dwayne Johnson also grew up among wrestlers. His father, Rocky Johnson, was a Canadian professional wrestler that was very successful back in his prime.
“Fighting with my Family” had the highest theater average this weekend at the box office, a weekend that was particularly hard on new releases. The film hit theaters the same weekend that “Alita: Battle Angel,” “Isn’t it Romantic,” and “Happy Death Day 2U,” released nationwide, and this was one of the worst overall President Day weekends for theaters since 2000. Despite the competition, and the lackluster holiday totals, “Fighting with my Family” had a great start this weekend. If the film was unavailable in your area, and you are a fan of Johnson or wrestling in general, you should certainly look for it next weekend when it expands to more locations.