(Bloomberg) -- Two new movies — a Mad Max feature and the children’s film The Garfield Movie — fell short of forecasts in their weekend debuts in theaters, leading to a dismal Memorial Day for theater owners.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, the latest installment in the dystopian action series, took in $32.3 million domestically, missing the $50 million estimate of Box Office Pro.

Garfield, based on a comic strip cat, came in a close second at $31.3 million, according to data released Tuesday by Comscore Inc. The film’s distributor, Sony Group Corp., had projected earlier that Garfield would lead the weekend through the Monday holiday. Box Office Pro was projecting about $42.5 million for the picture.

The results are another dismal marker for theater operators — whose sales have declined this year from already depressed levels. Domestic box-office revenue this past weekend totaled $132.2 million, according to Comscore, down 20% from the same time last year and possibly the worst in decades for a Memorial Day holiday.

Furiosa, a Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. picture, is set in a post-apocalyptic Australia where gangs war on the open road for power and gasoline. Garfield features the voices of Chris Pratt, Samuel L. Jackson and Hannah Waddingham in a caper story about the famous cat and his long-lost father.

The movie industry has been struggling to bounce back from the twin strikes by writers and actors last year and a consumer shift to watching films at home, which has hurt the box-office for some movies released this month, including The Fall Guy from Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures and IF from Paramount Global. For the year to date, the domestic box office is down 22%. 

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Still, the summer movie season may benefit from the release of Pixar’s Inside Out 2, which Boxoffice Pro projects could unseat Dune: Part Two as the biggest opening of the year when Walt Disney Co. debuts the picture in June, as well as titles such as Marvel’s Deadpool & Wolverine and Paramount’s A Quiet Place: Day One. Disney’s Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes also outperformed expectations on its opening weekend earlier in May. 

The opening of Furiosa was accompanied by a good deal of publicity, including a Cannes Film Festival premiere and much media attention to returning director George Miller and new star Anya Taylor-Joy.

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