‘Black Widow’ Has Magnificent Opening, Earns $80 Million At The Box Office

Here is your weekly reminder that movie theaters are not dead. Disney/Marvel’s latest superhero flick, Black Widow, debuted inside theaters across the country this past weekend, and it brought in an impressive amount of money.

The movie, which stars Scarlett Johansson, is the first MCU movie to debut in theaters and on Disney Plus at the same time. Some people worried this could hurt the box office numbers, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Black Widow earned $80 million this past weekend, which is by far the biggest box office debut since the pandemic. Additionally, Disney claims it made around $60 million on Disney Plus, where users around the globe can rent the film for $30.

Directed by Cate Shortland, ‘Black Widow’ collected an additional $78 million from 46 international territories, boosting its global box office haul to an impressive $158 million. Combined with Disney Plus numbers, the final weekend figure sits at $215 million. 

That’s not bad at all. And we have to remember that it still hasn’t opened in China. Marvel movies do very well in China, so those numbers should only go up, once they can settle on a release date.

At the end of the day, this was another win for Disney, and a much-needed victory for theaters across the country.

This coming weekend, Space-Jam: A New Legacy will hit theaters. Experts say it should make around $20 to $25 million, which could be a conservative guess. Wouldn’t be surprised to see it hit $30 or $35 million.

It Was Another Solid Weekend At The Box Office, With ‘F9’ Still At The Top Spot

Theaters across the country are still trying to get back to 100%. Yeah, more and more people are going to the movies, but the numbers are not where they were before the pandemic.

20% of theaters in the country are still closed, and studios didn’t really release any huge blockbuster this holiday weekend, which means numbers were down compared to your standard 4th of July weekend. In total, the box office made around $70 million this past weekend, a significant drop from what you’d typically expect, which is around $150 million.

But still, $70 million is a decent showing, and it’s enough to prove theaters are not dead. ‘F9’ made nearly $23 million of that total, coming in the top spot once again. It’s now made over $120 million domestically, and around $500 million worldwide. That’s a huge number.

In second place was Boss Baby 2, which made $16 million, and then The Forever Purge came in at third with a respectable $12 million.

Meanwhile, the indie A24 film ‘Zola’ made over $1 million during its limited run. It kicked off in just over 1,000 theaters across the country, mostly in New York City, Austin, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Sensing ‘Zola’ would be an appealing big-screen draw, A24, the studio behind indie favorites such as ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Uncut Gems’ and ‘Minari,’ opted to delay the film’s theatrical release rather than debut it on video-on-demand platforms. A24, in note to press on Sunday, reported that arthouse theaters saw some of their best grosses of the year.

So yeah, overall? It’s a win for cinema. We’ll take it.

‘F9’ Opening Weekend Breaks Record At The Box Office With $70 Million

We told you last week that the latest ‘Fast & Furious‘ film ‘F9‘ had the chance to prove once and for all that theaters are not dead. It had the chance to make it clear people still love going to the movies.

And thankfully, it did that this past weekend. The ninth installment in the action franchise made $70 million during its opening weekend, which is by far the biggest opening for a film since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heck, it’s the biggest opening since ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker‘ was released back in December of 2019, a few months before the pandemic.

Experts believed the film would make at least $60 million, but some thought it could touch $70 million, and it did just that. I told you in the previous post I’m not one who typically roots for the Fast & Furious, but I was this past weekend.

Why? Because my love for theaters is greater than my disdain for the Fast & Furious.

Opening weekend crowds were 60% male, with 51% of ticket buyers under the age of 25. Broken down by demographics, 37% of moviegoers were Hispanic, 35% were Caucasian, 16% were Black and 8% were Asian. Orr adds, ‘the audience was very diverse, which reflects the strength of our cast and this franchise.’

Very good numbers, and it sets the tone for the rest of the summer, which will hopefully be just as successful. You still have ‘Black Widow’ and ‘The Suicide Squad’ set to be released in July and August.

‘In The Heights’ Makes Just $11 Million At The Box Office, But Is It Really A Flop?

So the movie musical event ‘In The Heights‘ hit theaters this past weekend and most projections had the film making around $20 million in its opening weekend.

Unfortunately, the movie made just $11.4 million, which many are calling a disappointment.

But is it really? Well, it’s complicated. You see, the movie was also available to watch on HBO Max for free. Well, free provided you already pay for HBO Max.

So that definitely hurt the film’s numbers at the box office. Why would people go spend $40 at the movies when they can just watch it at home for free?

But of course, one could point to the recent Conjuring film, which made over $20 million during its opening weekend, despite the fact that it also premiered on HBO Max at the same time.

However you have to consider that horror movies almost always perform well at the box office, and The Conjuring had the franchise boost.

Yeah, ‘In The Heights’ was a hit Broadway show before becoming a film, but not a lot of people follow Broadway. For example, back in 2008, Mamma Mia made $27.6 million during its opening weekend at the box office, and that was based on one of the highest-grossing Broadway shows ever.

So the fact that ‘In The Heights’ *only* brought home $11 million isn’t really that disappointing. Honestly, it should have been expected, considering we are still coming out of a pandemic, and you could watch it for free on HBO Max.

One could argue the $20 million projections were a little too optimistic.

‘The Conjuring 3’ Takes Down ‘A Quiet Place II’ At The Box Office

It was a battle of horror sequels at the box office this weekend, and ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ came out on top.

As you all should know, ‘A Quiet Place II’ opened during Memorial Day Weekend and made nearly $60 million, which was an outstanding opening.

Now in its second weekend, the sequel made $19.5 million, which is still a pretty solid showing. But it was not enough to beat the premiere of the new The Conjuring flick.

The Conjuring 3 made $24 million this past weekend, which was just enough for the top spot.

Its results are especially strong because the film is readily available on HBO Max at no extra cost to subscribers. Heading into the weekend, box office prognosticators expected reigning champ ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ to lead again.

And that’s a big thing to remember. The Conjuring is available on HBO Max, so the fact that it still made $24 million at the box office is pretty damn cool for theaters. I think it proves that people still enjoy the theater experience, especially when it comes to horror flicks.

Currently, 75% of U.S. cinemas have reopened, according to Comscore. With upcoming blockbuster hopefuls, such as Disney and Marvel’s superhero tentpole ‘Black Widow,’ Universal’s ‘Fast & Furious sequel ‘F9’ and the Warner Bros. musical ‘In the Heights,’ summer movie season should provide theater operators with some much needed stability.

As We Predicted, ‘A Quiet Place 2’ Has Wildly Successful Opening Weekend!

Last week, we told you that the experts were predicting a $30 to $35 million opening for ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ which would have been respectable for the post-pandemic era.

But we knew it was a modest projection. We knew (or at least figured) by the early Thursday numbers that the ‘A Quiet Place’ sequel would make at least $50 million over the holiday weekend.

And guess what? It did. The horror film made $57 million over the long Memorial Day Weekend. This is huge news because that’s basically what the movie was projected to make before the pandemic.

The first film in the franchise opened to $50 million in 2018, so everyone involved with the film will gladly take a $57 million opening for the sequel.

Chris Aronson, Paramount’s distribution chief, had this to say about the great weekend:

We’re happy for the industry. We’re happy for movie theaters. This is a referendum on the future of moviegoing, so there’s a lot to celebrate.

Additionally, Disney’s ‘Cruella‘ also premiered this past weekend, and it brought in $26.5 million, which may not seem like a lot, but it’s decent numbers for a movie that wasn’t promoted a lot and is also available to rent on Disney Plus.

So yeah, the movie theaters are back. and this summer should be a good one for cinemas across the country.

‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Has A Great Thursday Opening At The Box Office

It looks like the return of theaters this summer is off to a great start. Just one year ago, people were ready to bury cinemas across the world. They claimed COVID-19 would put them out of business.

And while some major chains filed for bankruptcy, and some small-town theaters were forced to close their doors, theaters across the world are back for the most part.

They had their first real test on Thursday night with the preview opening of ‘A Quiet Place Part II’

The sequel premiered at over 3,000 locations in the U.S. on Thursday and made an impressive $4.8 million. That’s actually more than the original film got during its first day (4.3 million)

So theaters are hoping those numbers continue throughout this holiday weekend. If this continues, A Quiet Place Part II could make around $50 million this weekend.

That might be wishful thinking, considering projections say around $30 or $35 million, but I think they may be in for a surprise.

The follow-up film — again directed by John Krasinski and led by Emily Blunt — is tracking to have a smaller, though still successful, opening weekend. It’s currently projected to make $30 million through Sunday and $36 million by the time Monday’s holiday rolls around. However, those projections are on the conservative side and could easily increase if momentum sustains through the weekend.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, go watch the film…support your local theater. Eat some popcorn.

The Saw Franchise Goes Over $1 Billion Globally Thanks To Decent Performance From ‘Spiral’

The horror film franchise ‘Saw‘ has reason to celebrate this week. In total, the franchise has made over $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales.

This coming after the latest installment, Spiral, earned another $4.5 million in North America and nearly $3 million overseas. Prior to the release of ‘Spiral’ the franchise stood at around $978 million at the box office, so this latest entry has earned over $20 million so far.

‘Spiral’ certainly hasn’t had impressive numbers at the box office. It also performed rather terribly with critics, but still, you have to imagine the studio is happy.

After all, it was made on a $20 million budget. Every ‘Saw’ film has been made on a modest budget, especially when compared to how much it’s made at the box office throughout the past 16 years.

James Wan and Leigh Whannell created the ‘Saw’ franchise, revolving around the mysterious and disturbing Jigsaw Killer, who puts his victims through deadly games to test their will to live. It kicked off with 2004’s ‘Saw,’ which earned a massive $103 million worldwide from a $1.2 million budget. 

Check out the trailer for ‘Spiral’ below…

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Sets Pandemic Box Office Record With A Cool $48.5 Million Debut

It’s official, folks. Movie theaters are back. Maybe not 100%, but they’ll be there in a couple months.

The Warner Bros./Legendary Entertainment film, Godzilla vs. Kong, set a pandemic-era box office record this past weekend with a hefty $48.5 million five-day total. $32 million of that came over the weekend.

That exceeded the industry’s expectations and easily marked the biggest debut since coronavirus hit. Prior to this weekend, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ had the biggest three-day start with $16.7 million, followed by ‘Tom and Jerry’ with $14 million.

The movie played in over 3,000 cinemas across the country. This performance is especially impressive because you can watch the movie on HBO Max without even leaving your house.

This means that even with the option to watch it at home, a lot of consumers were still itching to get back inside a theater.

It’s very good news for theater owners. Honestly. I think it’s more than enough proof that theaters are not dead, and they won’t be dying anytime soon.

At the international box office, where ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ opened last weekend, revenues for the monster mashup have surpassed $236 million. It brought in another $71 million overseas this weekend, including a strong $44 million in China, bringing the film’s global tally to $285 million. The movie cost $165 million to produce and will require outsized ticket sales to turn a profit.

This summer should be exciting, as long we avoid any unnecessary surges with different COVID variants.

‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Is Heating Up The Box Office, Makes Over $16 Million In Two Days

You thought theaters were dead? YOU THOUGHT A PANDEMIC WOULD RUIN THEM? THINK AGAIN!

Now that the country is slowly getting vaccinated, theaters across the nation have opened back up, including in big markets like Los Angeles and New York, which is helping the box office in a big way.

On Wednesday, Warner Bros/Legendary’s ‘Godzilla vs. Kong‘ movie opened to $9.6 million, which is a record opening day during the pandemic. It’s been a little over a year since a movie has performed this well.

It opened in over 2,400 theaters on Wednesday, and it’ll jump to over 3,000 theaters this weekend.

On Thursday, the movie made an additional $6.7 million, bringing the two-day total to $16.3 million.

The 5-day estimate for GvK now raises to $30M-$40M with the pic being available on HBO Max too. Today looks to be a promising day for the film with 76% of K-12 schools on break for Good Friday.

Yeah, a $35 million opening for a huge event film like Godzilla vs Kong isn’t anything to write home about, but it is a sign that people still want to see movies inside a theater.

It’s proof theaters aren’t dead, and that’s a great sign. Hopefully the numbers continue to improve during the summer.