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The Conjuring 3 scares up a win at the weekend box office!

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The Conjuring 3 scares up a win at the weekend box office!
June 6, 2021 by: Dave Davis

The Conjuring sequel creeps into first place!

Horror remained the biggest attraction this weekend as THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT possessed the top of the box office with an estimated opening of $24 million!

Perhaps unsurprisingly given the ongoing cinema recuperation (75% of North American theaters are currently open), the third movie in the main  CONJURING series got a slower start than the previous two entries, which each opened with around $41 million.

The 2018 spinoff THE NUN still holds the highest domestic opening in THE CONJURING universe with $53.8 million. The entire franchise (including three ANNABELLE movies) has collectively grossed nearly $2 billion worldwide.

The R-rated sequel, which of course brings back Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as famed real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorrain Warren, also frightened $33.1 million out of international audiences for a worldwide total of $57.1 million.

Directed this time by Michael Chaves (THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA) but co-written and produced by the series originator James Wan, the new supernatural thriller cost a reported $39 million.

The Warner Bros. release was originally scheduled for September 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic. As with all of the studio’s 2021 releases, it also simultaneously debuted on their HBO Max streaming service this weekend.

Critics apparently weren’t too invested in the Warrens’ latest case, giving the movie an average of 60% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 53. Grab your exorcism kit and check out the JoBlo review HERE.

Sneaking down to second place was the PG-13 horror sequel  A QUIET PLACE: PART II with $19.5 million, ditching 59% of business from last weekend’s #1 opening.

The $61 million Paramount release with Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou has a ten-day domestic total of $88.6 million and a worldwide total of $118.1 million. A third movie is already planned for release in March 2023.

Disney’s live-action CRUELLA was in third place with $11.2 million, getting skinned by 48% from its opening last weekend. The prequel with Emma Stone as the titular villain has a ten-day domestic total of $43.6 million and $87 million worldwide.

The PG-13 release (rumored to have cost as much as $200 million) was also made available on the studio’s Disney+ platform for a $30 Premier Access fee. A follow-up movie is already in the works.

Trotting into fourth place was the animated DreamWorks feature SPIRIT UNTAMED with an opening of $6.2 million.

The PG-rated Universal release (a spinoff of the 2002 movie SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMMARON), with voice work by Isabela Merced, Jake Gyllenhaal, Juliane Moore and Walton Goggins, cost a reported $30 million.

Critics seemed to think the horse should be left in the stable, giving it a 46% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 48 on Metacritic. Saddle up with the JoBlo review HERE.

The Disney animated fantasy RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON was in fifth place with $1.3 million, and has now spent 14 weekends on the top half of the chart. The PG-rated adventure has a domestic total of $53.5 million and $114 million worldwide.

In sixth place was director Guy Ritchie’s ation-thriller WRATH OF MAN with $1.27 million on its fifth domestic weekend. The R-rated Jason Statham movie has a domestic total of $24.6 million and $81 million worldwide.

The R-rated horror movie SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW was in seventh place with $890,000 on its fourth weekend, bringing the Lionsgate sequel/spinoff to a domestic total of $21.7 million and $30.4 million worldwide on a reported $20 million cost.

Wrapping things up on the list with less than half a million each was GODZILLA VS. KONG (still lurching toward $100 million domestic), R-rated anime DEMON SLAYER – THE MOVIE: MUGEN TRAIN and PG-rated comedy DREAM HORSE, while the Angelina Jolie action-thriller THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD has disappeared.

Next weekend has the adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical IN THE HEIGHTS, and the animated/live-action sequel PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
The Conjuring 3
$24 M
NEW

2.
A Quiet Place Part II
$19.5 M
$88.6 M

3.
Cruella
$11.2 M
$43.6 M

4.
Spirit Untamed
$6.2 M
NEW

5.
Raya and the Last Dragon
$1.3 M
$53.5 M

6.
Wrath of Man
$1.27 M
$24.6 M

7.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw
$0.89 M
$21.8 M

8.
Godzilla vs. Kong
$0.463 M
$99.1 M

9.
Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train
$0.45 M
$47.2 M

10.
Dream Horse
$0.23 M
$2.3 M

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Spiral: From the Book of Saw scores a second win at the weekend box office

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Spiral: From the Book of Saw scores a second win at the weekend box office
May 23, 2021 by: Dave Davis

Spiral still spins in first place!

The overall domestic box office this weekend had about as much life as one of Jigsaw’s victims, but the SAW continuation SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW remained on top with an estimated $4.5 million.

The ninth movie in the gore-splattered R-rated horror series was cut by 48% from its opening last weekend, taking it to a ten-day domestic total of $15.8 million.

The current global total of $22.5 million for Lionsgate’s latest SAW chapter was sufficient to boost the entire franchise to a collective box office milestone of more than $1 billion worldwide.

Director Guy Ritchie’s heist thriller WRATH OF MAN remained in second place with $2.9 million on its third weekend. The R-rated Jason Statham headliner has a domestic total of $18.8 million and a worldwide total of nearly $60 million.

In third place was the Angelina Jolie action-thriller THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD with $1.8 million, smoked by 35% from its opening last weekend (when it also premiered on HBO Max).

Director Taylor Sheridan’s R-rated modern Western (which is showing on the most screens of the Top 10 with 3379) has a ten-day domestic total of $5.5 million and $13 million worldwide.

The animated Disney adventure RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON was in fourth place with $1.66 million. After 12 weekends on the top half of the chart, the PG-rated fantasy has a domestic total of $48.3 million and $109.2 million worldwide.

The monolithic creature clash GODZILLA VS. KONG lurched forward to fifth place with $1.43 million as it continues its slow stomp toward $100 million on its eighth domestic weekend. The $200 million Warner Bros. release has a worldwide total of $432 million.

In sixth place was the anime DEMON SLAYER – THE MOVIE: MUGEN TRAIN with $1.33 million over its fifth weekend on domestic screens for a $44.9 milllion total. The R-rated Sony FUNimation release has a worldwide total of $480 million.

The R-rated videogame adaptation MORTAL KOMBAT was in seventh place with $935,000 on its fifth weekend in theaters. The Warner Bros. release has a domestic total of $41.2 million and $79.7 million worldwide on a reported cost of $55 million.

In eighth place was the domestic theatrical release of PG-rated animated movie SCOOB! with an opening of $850,000 on 2500 screens. The Warner Bros. movie was initially planned to hit screens in May 2020 before the pandemic swayed the studio to put it on premium VOD instead (and then streaming on HBO Max).

Opening in ninth place was the new inspirational comedy DREAM HORSE with $844,000 in 1200 theaters. Based on a true story of an unlikely small-town racehorse, the PG-rated release stars Toni Collette and Damian Lewis.

Critics mostly cheered the feel-good tale, giving it an average of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and a nice score of 69 on Metacritic. Gallop over to the JoBlo review HERE.

At the bottom in tenth place was the PG-rated romatic drama FINDING YOU with $670,000 for a ten-day domestic total of $1.9 million.

Outside the chart, director Zack Snyder’s action/horror/thriller/heist/zombie movie ARMY OF THE DEAD shambled off the list and onto Netflix (but can still be seen in a handful of theaters). The R-rated Timur Bekmambetov thriller PROFILE also disappeared.

The FAST & FURIOUS sequel F9 doesn’t steer into domestic theaters until June 25, but the vehicular action is already spinning its wheels for international audiences, opening in a number of overseas territories and already driving away with $162 million.

The PG-13 Universal release from series director Justin Lin has Vin Diesel and his crew of car colleagues once again dealing with Charlize Theron’s criminal mastermind, who now has Dominic’s brother John Cena on her side.

Next weekend tries to kickstart the summer movie season with horror sequel A QUIET PLACE: PART II and the live-action Disney movie CRUELLA , with Emma Stone as the 101 DALMATIANS villainess.

What is your favorite movie directed by Zack Snyder? VOTE HERE!

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw
$4.55 M
$15.8 M

2.
Wrath of Man
$2.93 M
$18.8 M

3.
Those Who Wish Me Dead
$1.83 M
$5.53 M

4.
Raya and the Last Dragon
$1.68 M
$48.3 M

5.
Godzilla vs. Kong
$1.43 M
$96.9 M

6.
Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train
$1.34 M
$44.9 M

7.
Mortal Kombat
$0.935 M
$41.2 M

8.
Scoob!
$0.85 M
NEW

9.
Dream Horse
$0.844 M
NEW

10.
Finding You
$0.67 M
$1.9 M

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Spiral: From the Book of Saw traps the top of the weekend box office

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Spiral: From the Book of Saw traps the top of the weekend box office
May 16, 2021 by: Dave Davis

Spiral spins into #1!

The resurrection of the SAW series made a bloody mark at the box office this weekend as SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW opened in first place with an estimated $8.7 million.

The Lionsgate release is the ninth chapter in the horror franchise, which had a “final” film in 2010 with SAW3D before getting resuscitated with JIGSAW in 2017. SPIRAL is the sixth SAW movie to open in first place at the box office, and the entire series, best known for its gruesome murder devices, has collected nearly one billion dollars worldwide to date.

Director Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II-IV) returns for more devious and grisly traps, with Chris Rock, Max Minghella and Samuel L. Jackson as detectives investigating the mayhem this time.

The latest R-rated entry, originally scheduled to hit theaters in May 2020 before the pandemic derailed plans for pretty much everything, cost a reported $20 million.

Critics didn’t exactly cheer the return of the twisted “torture porn” series, giving the movie an average of 39% on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 39 on Metacritic. Whirl on over to the JoBlo review HERE.

In second place was the R-rated crime thriller WRATH OF MAN with $3.7 million, dropping by 55% for a ten-day domestic total of $14.6 million. Director Guy Ritchie’s heist movie with Jason Statham has worldwide total of $41.8 million.

Opening in third place was the new R-rated Angelina Jolie thriller THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD with $2.8 million.

Directed by Taylor Sheridan (WIND RIVER, the series “Yellowstone”) and based on a Michael Koryta novel, the neo-Western has Jolie as a Montana firefighter protecting a boy on the run from assassins.

The Warner Bros. release, which also features Jon Bernthal, Nicholas Hoult and Aidan Gillen, simultaneously premiered on the studio’s HBO Max streaming service. The movie has a worldwide total of $7.1 million.

Critics found the Jolie headliner to be a fairly standard 90s-style action-drama, giving it an average of 63% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 58. Warm up to the JoBlo review HERE.

In fourth place was the R-rated anime DEMON SLAYER – THE MOVIE: MUGEN TRAIN with $1.77 million. After four weekends, Sony’s FUNimation release has a domestic total of $42 million and a worldwide total of $477 million.

Disney’s animated fantasy RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON stayed in fifth place with $1.71 million over its eleventh weekend in theaters. The PG-rated adventure has a domestic total of $46.1 million and $107 million worldwide.

In sixth place was the monster battle GODZILLA VS. KONG with $1.46 million on its seventh weekend, bringing the PG-13 Warner Bros. release to a domestic total of $95 million and $427 million, on a reported $200 million cost.

The R-rated videogame adaptation MORTAL KOMBAT was in seventh place with $1.32 million for its fourth weekend in theaters. The $55 million Warner Bros. release (no longer on HBO Max) has a domestic total of $39.9 million and $76.7 million worldwide.

In eighth place was the new PG-rated romantic drama FINDING YOU with $954,000 on 1312 screens. That was followed in ninth with the theatrical debut of director Zack Snyder’s ARMY OF THE DEAD with $780,000 in 430 theaters before its Netflix release on May 21.

The R-rated action-horror movie, with Dave Bautista’s mercenary leading a heavily armed team into zombie-infested Las Vegas for a heist, cost a reported $90 million.

Critics seemed somewhat satisfied with Snyder’s undead epic, giving the movie a 74% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a 56 score on Metacritic. Take aim at the JoBlo review HERE.

Closing out the list was the R-rated thriller PROFILE with an opening of $670,000 in 2000 locations. The journalist mystery, which unfolds on computer screens, was directed by Timur Bekmambetov (WANTED, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER) and first premiered at film festivals back in 2018.

Outside the chart, the supernatural thriller SEPARATION was ejected along with the Billy Crystal/Tiffany Haddish comedy-drama HERE TODAY, the action-thriller NOBODY, the horror movie THE UNHOLY and animated/live-action hybrid TOM & JERRY.

Next weekend continues the dready 2021 summer movie season with no new major releases, keeping A QUIET PLACE: PART II and Disney’s CRUELLA until May 28.

What is your favorite Chris Rock performance? VOTE HERE!

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw
$8.7 M
NEW

2.
Wrath of Man
$3.74 M
$14.6 M

3.
Those Who Wish Me Dead
$2.8 M
NEW

4.
Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train
$1.77 M
$41.9 M

5.
Raya and the Last Dragon
$1.71 M
$46.1 M

6.
Godzilla vs. Kong
$1.46 M
$95 M

7.
Mortal Kombat
$1.32 M
$39.9 M

8.
Finding You
$0.954 M
NEW

9.
Army of the Dead
$0.78 M
NEW

10.
Profile
$0.67 M
NEW

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DeadlineThe Numbers

Wrath of Man shoots to the top of the weekend box office!

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Wrath of Man shoots to the top of the weekend box office!
May 9, 2021 by: Dave Davis

Statham guns for #1!

Moviegoers who were craving a bit of action this weekend got their fix with WRATH OF MAN, putting it on top at the box office with an estimated opening of $8.1 million.

The latest from director Guy Ritchie reunites him with LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS, SNATCH and REVOLVER actor Jason Statham for an armored truck heist. As expected from the filmmaker, the thriller (a remake of the 2004 French movie LE CONVOYEUR) also includes plenty of bullets, machismo, twists and snappy dialogue.

The new R-rated movie, which also features Josh Hartnett, Holt McCallany and Jeffrey Donovan among the manly cast, opened internationally a couple of weeks back and now has a worldwide total of $25.6 million.

Ritchie’s previous quip-filled crime saga THE GENTLEMEN opened in January 2020, and managed to collect $115 million worldwide before the global pandemic shutdown.

For some additional comparison to the “normal times” before coronavirus, the first weekend of May in 2019 had AVENGERS: ENDGAME leading the list with $145 million domestic on its second weekend (after a record-obliterating opening weekend of $357 million).

Critics were mixed on Ritchie’s latest profanity-laced violence and chaos, giving the movie a 66% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 57 on Metacritic. Take aim at the JoBlo review HERE.

The R-rated anime DEMON SLAYER – THE MOVIE: MUGEN TRAIN was in second place with $3.05 million on its third weekend in theaters. The Sony FUNimation release has a domestic total of $39.6 million and $474 million worldwide.

In third place was the videogame adaptation MORTAL KOMBAT with $2.37 million. After three weekends on screens (and also streaming on HBO Max), the R-rated Warner Bros. release has a domestic total of $37.8 million and $72.5 million worldwide, on a reported $55 million cost.

Still stomping in fourth place was GODZILLA VS. KONG with $1.93 million over its sixth weekend of release. The PG-13 Warner Bros. monster mash has a domestic total of $92.9 million and a worldwide total of $422 million, on a $200 million reported production cost.

The animated Disney adventure RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON was in fifth place with $1.8 million, a slight boost over last weekend’s figure. After ten weeks, the PG-rated fantasy has a domestic total of $43.8 million and $105.7 million worldwide.

In sixth place was the supernatural thriller SEPARATION with $1.07 million, only frightening away 40% of business from its opening last weekend (despite miserable reviews). The R-rated horror release from Open Road has a ten-day domestic total of $3.3 million.

Opening in seventh place was the new comedy-drama HERE TODAY with $900,000 on 1200 screens.

The PG-13 Sony release with Tiffany Haddish and Billy Crystal (who also directed and co-wrote) didn’t receive much praise from critics, who gave it a 48% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 40.

In eighth place was the R-rated action-thriller NOBODY with $760,000 for its seventh weekend, bringing the $16 million Universal release to $24.6 million domestic and $44 million worldwide.

Wrapping up the list was supernatural horror movie THE UNHOLY with $730,000 in ninth place, while animated/live-action comedy TOM & JERRY closed things out in tenth.

Next weekend has Chris Rock caught up in the grisly games of Jigsaw with SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW, while Angelina Jolie is back in action with THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD (also simultaneously releasing on HBO Max).

What is your favorite Jason Statham performance? VOTE HERE!

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Wrath of Man
$8.1 M
NEW

2.
Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train
$3.05 M
$39.6 M

3.
Mortal Kombat
$2.37 M
$37.8 M

4.
Godzilla vs. Kong
$1.93 M
$92.9 M

5.
Raya and the Last Dragon
$1.86 M
$43.8 M

6.
Separation
$1.07 M
$3.37 M

7.
Here Today
$0.9 M
NEW

8.
Nobody
$0.76 M
$24.6 M

9.
Unholy, The
$0.73 M
$14.1 M

10.
Tom & Jerry
$0.426 M
$44.7 M

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Demon Slayer: Mugen Train rides to the top of the weekend box office!

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Demon Slayer: Mugen Train rides to the top of the weekend box office!
May 2, 2021 by: Dave Davis

Mugen Train is a box office Demon!

Moviegoers remained on board the anime DEMON SLAYER – THE MOVIE: MUGEN TRAIN, pushing it to the top of the box office this weekend with an estimated $6.4 million!

The R-rated release from Sony’s FUNimation was slashed by 70% from its domestic opening last weekend, but it was enough to kick the Kombatant Kompetition out of first place.

The direct sequel to the popular TV show’s first season has a ten-day domestic total of $32.2 million, and has collected a worldwide total of $469 million including its 2020 international release.

The R-rated videogame adaptation MORTAL KOMBAT got power-punched down to second place with $6.2 million, a 73% fatality from last weekend’s #1 opening.

The $55 million live-action update of the popular and bloody fighting game series has a ten-day domestic total of $34 million and a worldwide total of $66.9 million. The Warner Bros. release is also available on the studio’s HBO Max streaming platform.

In third place was the PG-13 monster conflict GODZILLA VS. KONG with $2.7 million on its fifth weekend in theaters. The $200 million Warner Bros. movie (no longer streaming on HBO Max) has a domestic total of $90.3 million and $415 million worldwide.

Opening in fourth place was the new R-rated horror movie SEPARATION with $1.8 million for the weekend.

Directed by William Brent Bell (THE BOY, THE DEVIL INSIDE), the supernatural thriller from distributor Open Road features Rupert Friend, Mamie Gummer and Brian Cox.

Critics seemed to believe that the scariest thing about the new ghost story was the quality, giving it an average of 11% on Rotten Tomatoes. Creep on over to the JoBlo review HERE.

In fifth place was the PG-rated animated fantasy RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON with $1.3 million. The Disney adventure has a domestic total of $41.5 million and $103.5 million worldwide after nine weekends.

The Bob Odenkerk action movie NOBODY was in sixth place with $1.2 million on its sixth weekend in theaters. The R-rated Universal thriller has a domestic total of $23.3 million and $40 million worldwide, on a reported cost of $16 million.

In seventh place was the PG-13 supernatural horror movie THE UNHOLY with $1.06 million. After five weekends, the $10 million thriller from Sony has a domestic total of $13.1 million and a worldwide total of $21 million.

Returning to battle Ramona’s seven evil exes was a special Dolby reissue of SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD in eighth place with $720,000 on 152 screens. 

The PG-13 action-comedy from director Edgar Wright (SHAUN OF THE DEAD, BABY DRIVER) was considered a box office failure on its initial 2010 release, ending with $48 million worldwide on a $60 million budget. But thanks to healthy home video sales, the movie went on to become a cult favorite.

With this re-release’s weekend figure, the adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series now has a domestic total of $32.3 million.

Closing out the list for the week was the Warner Bros. animated/live-action hybrid TOM & JERRY and the R-rated comedy TOGETHER TOGETHER, which dropped by 41% from last weekend’s opening and has a ten-day domestic total of $1.02 million.

Departing the chart was the faith-based Mira Sorvino drama THE GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN MIRACLES and the Benedict Cumberbatch spy thriller THE COURIER.

Next weekend (which would normally have a huge superhero blockbuster on screens) will kick off the summer movie season with the Guy Ritchie crime thriller WRATH OF MAN.

What is your favorite anime movie? VOTE HERE!

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train
$6.4 M
$34.1 M

2.
Mortal Kombat
$6.2 M
$34 M

3.
Godzilla vs. Kong
$2.74 M
$90.3 M

4.
Separation
$1.83 M
NEW

5.
Raya and the Last Dragon
$1.33 M
$41.5 M

6.
Nobody
$1.26 M
$23.3 M

7.
Unholy, The
$1.06 M
$13.1 M

8.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
$0.72 M
$32.3 M

9.
Tom & Jerry
$0.515 M
$44.2 M

10.
Together Together
$0.313 M
$1.02 M

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DeadlineThe Numbers

Mortal Kombat packs a big bloody punch at the weekend box office!

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Mortal Kombat packs a big bloody punch at the weekend box office!
April 25, 2021 by: Dave Davis

Flawless victory!

Audiences heard Scorpion’s trademark demand of “Get over here!” and did just that, putting MORTAL KOMBAT on top at the weekend box office with an estimated opening of $22.5 million!

The R-rated videogame adaptation performed even better than its anticipated $15 million opening, despite ongoing pandemic precautions and the movie’s simultaneous release on the HBO Max streaming service.

The new live-action update’s opening came close to the $23.2 million start in 1995 for director Paul W.S. Anderson’s PG-13 version, which ultimately collected $122 million worldwide on an $18 million budget. In the time since that first movie’s success, live-action adaptations of the MORTAL KOMBAT franchise have been limited to the much-ridiculed 1997 sequel ANNIHILATION, the 1998 TV series CONQUEST and the more recent web series LEGACY (plus a stage tour back in 1996).

Now on its 11th iteration (plus spinoffs), the popular fighting game series is, of course, notorious for its gruesome battles and preposterous finishing moves. Bringing all that carnage to life on screen reportedly came with a production cost of $55 million this time.

Directed by Simon McQuoid (making his feature debut), the Warner Bros. release has already been in some international theaters for a couple of weeks, and currently has a worldwide total of $50.1 million.

Critics had a rough time with the grisly fisticuffs and fatalities, giving the movie an average of 55% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 44. Carve your way over to the JoBlo review HERE.

In a close second was the new anime DEMON SLAYER – THE MOVIE: MUGEN TRAIN with an opening of $19.5 million for the weekend.

The R-rated release from Sony’s FUNimation also surpassed domestic box office expectations — it was only forecast to draw around $10 million for the weekend.

The movie (a direct sequel to season one of the popular TV series) has already accumulated more than $450 million worldwide from international release in late 2020.

Critics seemed to appreciate the violent visuals, giving the movie (at the moment) a rare Rotten Tomatoes average of 100%, and a score of 81 on Metacritic. Get on board with the JoBlo review HERE.

The supersized slobberknocker GODZILLA VS. KONG grabbed $4.2 million in third place after holding the box office throne for the last three weekends. The PG-13 Warner Bros. creature feature (which leaves HBO Max next weekend) has a domestic total of $86.5 million and $406 million worldwide, on a reported $200 million cost.

The R-rated action-thriller NOBODY was in fourth place with $1.8 million, bringing the $16 million Universal release to a domestic total of $21.6 million and $38 million worldwide after five weeks.

Disney’s animated adventure RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON was in fifth place with $1.6 million on its eighth weekend in theaters. The PG-rated fantasy has a domestic total of $39.8 million and $102 million worldwide.

The PG-13 supernatural thriller THE UNHOLY was in sixth place with $1.4 million over its fourth weekend. Sony’s Sam Raimi-produced horror movie has reached a domestic total of $11.5 million, on a reported $10 million cost.

In seventh place was animated/live-action hybrid TOM & JERRY with $650,000 for its ninth weekend in theaters. The PG-rated Warner Bros. comedy has a domestic total of $43.4 million and $106.2 million on a reported cost of $79 million.

Opening in eighth place was the new comedy TOGETHER TOGETHER with $522,000 for the weekend on 665 screens.

The R-rated movie features Ed Helms as a forty-something bachelor who becomes close with the surrogate (Patti Harrison) he hires to have his child.

Critics found something to like about the unorthodox relationship, giving the movie a 94% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 70. Get together with the JoBlo review HERE.

Closing out the list for the weekend was the faith-based Mira Sorvino drama THE GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN MIRACLES and the Benedict Cumberbatch espionage thriller THE COURIER, while the sci-fi drama VOYAGERS and director Ben Wheatley’s horror movie IN THE EARTH departed from the chart. Despite this weekend’s Oscars ceremony, nothing from the group of nominees managed to make the Top 10.

Next weekend offers the Phil Lord/Christopher Miller-produced animated comedy THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES, and some creepy puppets in the horror movie SEPARATION.

What is your favorite Academy Awards Best Picture winner? VOTE HERE!

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Mortal Kombat
$22.5 M
NEW

2.
Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train
$19.5 M
NEW

3.
Godzilla vs. Kong
$4.2 M
$86.5 M

4.
Nobody
$1.86 M
$21.6 M

5.
Raya and the Last Dragon
$1.68 M
$39.8 M

6.
Unholy, The
$1.4 M
$11.5 M

7.
Tom & Jerry
$0.65 M
$43.4 M

8.
Together Together
$0.522 M
NEW

9.
The Girl Who Believes in Miracles
$0.337 M
$2.4 M

10.
The Courier
$0.264 M
$5.9 M

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Godzilla vs. Kong keeps stomping the weekend box office!

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Godzilla vs. Kong keeps stomping the weekend box office!
April 18, 2021 by: Dave Davis

Big monsters are still swinging!

The legendary battling behemoths continued throwing hairy punches and blasting atomic breath for a third weekend as GODZILLA VS. KONG remained on top at the box office with an estimated $7.7 million!

The king-sized smackdown sequel directed by Adam Wingard (THE GUEST, YOU’RE NEXT) has pounded its way to a domestic total of $80.5 million since it first hit theaters on March 31st (the same day it also became available on HBO Max).

The $200 million Warner Bros. monster mash, also featuring humans like Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry, has rumbled to a worldwide total of $390.2 million.

The rest of the chart didn’t feature much activity, with the R-rated thriller NOBODY again in second place over its fourth weekend with $2.5 million, barely dipping from last week’s figure. The $16 million action movie with Bob Odenkerk (“Better Call Saul”) now has a domestic total of $19 million and $34.5 million worldwide.

Still in third place was the supernatural thriller THE UNHOLY with $2.06 million on its third weekend. The PG-13 horror movie produced by Sam Raimi has a domestic total of $9.56 million.

RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON was in fourth place once more with $1.9 million, taking the PG-rated Disney animated fantasy to a domestic total of $37.6 million and just short of $100 million worldwide after seven weeks.

The PG-rated animated/live-action comedy TOM & JERRY was in fifth place with $1.09 million. After eight weekends, the Warner Bros. release has a domestic total of $42.5 million and $105.3 million, on a reported cost of $79 million.

In sixth place was the sci-fi drama VOYAGERS with $790,000, a loss of 43% from its opening last weekend. Director Neil Burger’s PG-13 space thriller with Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp and Colin Farrell has a ten-day domestic total of $2.55 million on a reported $29 million cost.

The faith-based Mira Sorvino drama THE GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN MIRACLES held in seventh place with $591,000, nearly on par with last week’s take to give it a ten-day domestic total of $1.8 million after three weekends.

In eighth place was the new horror movie IN THE EARTH with an opening of $506,000 for the weekend on 547 screens.

Directed by Ben Wheatley (HIGH-RISE, FREE FIRE) and filmed during the pandemic lockdown, the topical R-rated thriller follows a group of people searching for a cure to a deadly virus.

Critics were divided on the hallucinogenic low-budget terror, giving the movie an average of 75% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 60. Creep on over to the JoBlo review HERE.

The Benedict Cumberbatch spy drama THE COURIER was in ninth place with $462,000, a slight boost over last week. After five weekends, the PG-13 period thriller has a domestic total of $5.4 million.

At the bottom, the animated DreamWorks sequel THE CROODS: A NEW AGE popped back up into tenth with $310,000 on its 21st weekend in release. The PG-rated Universal movie has a domestic total of $57.1 million and $163 million worldwide on a reported cost of $65 million.

Next weekend has brutal fisticuffs and gory fatalities as MORTAL KOMBAT simultaneously hits theaters and HBO Max. The R-rated videogame adaptation has already collected $19.2 million from international audiences.

What movie currently set for summer release (May-Aug) are you most excited for? VOTE HERE!

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Godzilla vs. Kong
$7.7 M
$80.5 M

2.
Nobody
$2.52 M
$19 M

3.
Unholy, The
$2.06 M
$9.56 M

4.
Raya and the Last Dragon
$1.9 M
$37.6 M

5.
Tom & Jerry
$1.09 M
$42.5 M

6.
Voyagers
$0.79 M
$2.55 M

7.
The Girl Who Believes in Miracles
$0.561 M
$1.8 M

8.
In the Earth
$0.506 M
NEW

9.
The Courier
$0.462 M
$5.4 M

10.
The Croods: A New Age
$0.31 M
$57.1 M

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Godzilla vs. Kong is still a monster at the weekend box office!

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Godzilla vs. Kong is still a monster at the weekend box office!
April 11, 2021 by: Dave Davis

More money for monster mash!

The towering titans of the MonsterVerse once again reigned supreme at the box office this weekend as GODZILLA VS. KONG remained in first place with an estimated $13.3 million!

The PG-13 creature conflict fell by 58% from last weekend’s three-day figure, putting the Warner Bros. release at a 12-day domestic total of $69.5 million to easily make it the highest North American box office gross of the pandemic period. (The monumental slugfest will also be available on the HBO Max streaming platform through the end of April.)

The GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS/KONG: SKULL ISLAND sequel from director Adam Wingard has also knocked an additional $288.3 out of international crowds for a worldwide total of $357.8 million, on a reported $200 million cost.

Stepping up a spot to second place was the Bob Odenkirk action-thriller NOBODY with $2.6 million on its third weekend. Universal’s R-rated revenge movie (available via VOD on April 16) has a domestic total of $15.6 million and $28.7 million worldwide, on a reported cost of $16 million.

Creeping down to third place was the Sam Raimi-produced supernatural horror movie THE UNHOLY with $2.4 million. The PG-13 Sony thriller only scared away 23% of business from last weekend’s opening, for a ten-day domestic total of $6.7 million.

Disney’s animated fantasy RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON was in fourth place with $2.1 million. After six weekends in theaters, the PG-rated adventure has a domestic total of $35.2 million and a worldwide total of $97.2 million.

Drifting into fifth place was the new deep space thriller VOYAGERS with an opening of $1.35 million for the weekend.

Directed by Neil Burger (LIMITLESS, DIVERGENT), the PG-13 sci-fi drama sends Tye Sheridan, Colin Farrell and Lily-Rose Depp into the cosmos in search of a new home.

The Lionsgate release, which cost a reported $29 million, was originally scheduled for November 25, 2020 but was delayed due to obvious coronavirus-related reasons.

Critics mostly thought the movie should be jettisoned into the void, giving it an average of 26% on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 45 on Metacritic. Take a journey to the JoBlo review HERE.

In sixth place was the PG-rated live-action/animated hybrid TOM & JERRY with $1.1 million on its seventh weekend in theaters. The $79 million Warner Bros. release has a domestic total of $41.1 million and a worldwide total of $94.7 million.

The faith-based Mira Sorvino drama THE GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN MIRACLES was in seventh place with $597,000, getting a slight bump in business from its Easter weekend debut for a ten-day domestic total of $1.3 million.

In eighth place was the Benedict Cumberbatch espionage thriller THE COURIER with $436,000 on its fourth weekend, taking it to a domestic total of $4.9 million.

Wrapping up the list was the new Indian legal drama VAKEEL SAAB in ninth with an opening of $411,000 on only 290 screens, while the Tom Holland/Daisy Ridley sci-fi thriller CHAOS WALKING followed in tenth.

And after 20 weekends, the animated DreamWorks sequel THE CROODS: A NEW AGE finally departed from the chart. With a domestic total $56.7 million since its Thanksgiving weekend debut, the Universal release is the third-biggest pandemic performer behind Christopher Nolan’s TENET ($57.9 million) and the leviathans currently hammering each other in first place.

Next weekend gives those colossal rivals more time to tussle before new fighters enter cinemas on April 23 with the R-rated videogame adaptation MORTAL KOMBAT (which hits HBO Max on the same day). The bloody big-screen tournament has already punched $10.7 million from overseas audiences.

What is your favorite “space mission” movie? VOTE HERE!

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Godzilla vs. Kong
$13.3 M
$69.5 M

2.
Nobody
$2.65 M
$15.6 M

3.
Unholy, The
$2.4 M
$6.7 M

4.
Raya and the Last Dragon
$2.14 M
$35.2 M

5.
Voyagers
$1.35 M
NEW

6.
Tom & Jerry
$1.11 M
$41.1 M

7.
The Girl Who Believes in Miracles
$0.597 M
$1.3 M

8.
The Courier
$0.436 M
$4.9 M

9.
Vakeel Saab
$0.411 M
NEW

10.
Chaos Walking
$0.265 M
$12.6 M

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Godzilla vs. Kong packs a big punch at the weekend box office!

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Godzilla vs. Kong packs a big punch at the weekend box office!
April 4, 2021 by: Dave Davis

Creature feature collects cash!

Big monsters translated to big business at the box office this weekend as the epic altercation GODZILLA VS. KONG opened in first place with an estimated $32.2 million!

The clash of colossal creatures has a five-day domestic total of $48.5 million since the combatants first began brawling in North American theaters on Wednesday March 31st.

Unsurprisingly (and appropriately for such gargantuan stars), the new PG-13 “MonsterVerse” release had the strongest opening of the pandemic. It marks the biggest weekend figure since the Pixar fantasy adventure ONWARD started with $40 million in March 2020, just a week before everything in the U.S. closed down.

The oversized icons already started their spectacular feud on international screens last weekend, knocking an extra $236.9 million out of overseas audiences so far to give it a current worldwide total of $285.4 million.

Directed by Adam Wingard (YOU’RE NEXT, THE GUEST) and featuring humans Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry, the massive smackdown of famous beasts reportedly cost as much as $200 million.

The Warner Bros. sequel to both GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS and KONG: SKULL ISLAND also simultaneously made its debut on the studio’s HBO Max streaming service last Wednesday.

Critics seemed fairly satisfied with the kaiju conflict, giving the movie a 76% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 60 on Metacritic. Take a big swing at the JoBlo review HERE.

Just in time for Easter weekend was the new supernatural horror movie THE UNHOLY, opening in second place with $3.2 million.

Produced by Sam Raimi, the thriller (adapted from James Herbert’s novel “Shrine”) involves a hearing-impaired girl who can perform miracles after a supposed visit by the Virgin Mary, but more sinister forces may be at work (as that picture would seem to indicate).

The PG-13 Sony release is the directing debut of screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos (of the 2017 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST remake and the upcoming G.I.JOE: SNAKE EYES) and features Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Cary Elwes and William Sadler.

Critics apparently didn’t get many chills and thrills from the mystery, giving the movie an average of 35% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 36. 

Moving to third place this week was the R-rated action movie NOBODY with $3.07 million, shot down by 55% from its opening on top last weekend.

Universal’s bloody JOHN WICK-style thriller with “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk has a ten-day domestic total of $11.8 million, and a worldwide total of $21 million.

In fourth place was Disney’s animated adventure RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON with $2.05 million on its fifth weekend in theaters (and on Disney+ for an additional fee). The PG-rated fantasy now has a domestic total of $32.1 million and a worldwide total of $94.2 million.

The Warner Bros. half-cartoon comedy TOM & JERRY was in fifth place with $1.4 million. After six weekends, the PG-rated live-action/animated hybrid (no longer available on the HBO Max streaming platform) has a domestic total of $39.5 million and $93.5 million worldwide, on a reported $79 million cost.

In sixth place was the new faith-based Mira Sorvino drama THE GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN MIRACLES with $526,000 in 640 theaters. The Tom Holland/Daisy Ridley sci-fi thriller CHAOS WALKING followed in seventh place with $380,000 on its fifth weekend as it also just became available via premium VOD.

The Benedict Cumberbatch spy thriller THE COURIER was in eighth place, with animated sequel THE CROODS: A NEW AGE in ninth (over its 19th weekend) and the Michelle Pfeiffer comedy-drama FRENCH EXIT closing up the list.

Departing the chart was the Liam Neeson action-thriller THE MARKSMAN, the R-rated basketball drama BOOGIE  the Oscar-nominated drama MINARI and the superhero sequel WONDER WOMAN 1984.

Next weekend offers the chance to travel into space with the sci-fi thriller VOYAGERS, from LIMITLESS director Neil Burger.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Godzilla vs. Kong
$32.2 M
$48.5 M

2.
The Unholy
$3.2 M
NEW

3.
The Unholy
$3.2 M
NEW

4.
Nobody
$3.07 M
$11.8 M

5.
Raya and the Last Dragon
$2.05 M
$32.1 M

6.
Tom & Jerry
$1.4 M
$39.5 M

7.
The Girl Who Believes in Miracles
$0.526 M
NEW

8.
The Courier
$0.452 M
$4.2 M

9.
Chaos Walking
$0.38 M
$12.2 M

10.
The Croods: A New Age
$0.21 M
$56.3 M

11.
French Exit
$0.193 M
$0.2 M

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Nobody is somebody at the weekend box office!

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Nobody is somebody at the weekend box office!
March 28, 2021 by: Dave Davis

Better call Badass Bob!

This weekend saw some bloody action at the box office as the R-rated movie NOBODY opened in first place with an estimated $6.7 million.

The Universal release, starring “Better Call Saul” and “Breaking Bad” lawyer Bob Odenkirk as an assassin drawn out of retirement, also opened in several international territories last weekend and now has a worldwide total of $11.7 million. 

Directed by Ilya Naishuller (HARDCORE HENRY), the new thriller takes a few pages from the Book of John Wick — the NOBODY script is from JOHN WICK series writer Derek Kolstad, and it’s produced by the first movie’s co-director David Leitch.

The movie (which also features Connie Nielsen, RZA, Christopher Lloyd and Michael Ironside) was originally scheduled for domestic release in August 2020, but was delayed due to the pandemic and then bounced around the calendar a few times before arriving this weekend.

Critics seemed to enjoy witnessing the violent side of the comedic actor, giving the movie an average of 79% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 65. Tussle with the JoBlo review right HERE.

After holding the top spot for three weekends, the animated fantasy RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON moved to second place with $3.5 million. Disney’s PG-rated adventure (still available to stream on Disney+ for extra cost) has a domestic total of $28.3 million and a worldwide total of $90.4 million.

In third place was the PG-rated animated/live-action hybrid TOM & JERRY with $2.5 million. After five weekends (and just as it’s about to disappear from the HBO Max streaming service), Warner Bros.’ $79 million cat-and-mouse comedy has a domestic total of $37 million and $85.3 million worldwide.

Director Doug Liman’s sci-fi adventure CHAOS WALKING was in fourth place with $1.18 million on its fourth weekend in theaters. The PG-13 Tom Holland/Daisy Ridley thriller has a domestic total of $11.4 million and $15.6 million worldwide, on reported cost of $100 million.

In fifth place was the Benedict Cumberbatch period thriller THE COURIER with $1.04 million, dropping by 45% from its opening last weekend. The PG-13 fact-based spy story has a ten-day domestic total of $3.4 million.

For the first time in two months, the animated DreamWorks sequel THE CROODS: A NEW AGE slipped off the top half of the chart. The Universal release has been in theaters since Thanksgiving weekend.

On its eighteenth weekend, the PG-rated release was in sixth place with $540,000, bringing it to a $56 million domestic total and $160.9 million worldwide on a reported $65 million cost.

The Liam Neeson action-thriller THE MARKSMAN remained in seventh place with $375,000 over its eleventh weekend, and the R-rated basketball drama BOOGIE followed in eighth with $340,000 for a domestic total of $3.8 million on its fourth weekend in theaters.

Ahead of next month’s Academy Awards, the nominated Steven Yeun drama MINARI popped onto the chart for its first time to grab $275,000, giving it a domestic total of $1.8 million.

Superhero sequel WONDER WOMAN 1984 closed out the list for the week, while the Olivia Coleman/Anthony Hopkins Oscar contender THE FATHER moved outside of the Top 10 on its second weekend.

The gigantic beasts won’t stomp into domestic theaters until Wednesday March 31, but GODZILLA VS. KONG has already made an impact in other parts of the world.

The colossal conflict from director Adam Wingard (YOU’RE NEXT, THE GUEST) has already collected an estimated $121.8 million from international territories, with China responsible for $70 million of that figure. The creature feature may have cost as much as $200 million.

Warner Bros.’ GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS/KONG: SKULL ISLAND sequel will also simultaneously debut on the HBO Max streaming platform on Wednesday.

Next week also has an Easter weekend offering in the form of the Sam Raimi-produced supernatural horror movie THE UNHOLY, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Cary Elwes.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Nobody
$6.7 M
NEW

2.
Raya and the Last Dragon
$3.5 M
$28.3 M

3.
Tom & Jerry
$2.5 M
$37 M

4.
Chaos Walking
$1.18 M
$11.4 M

5.
The Courier
$1.04 M
$3.48 M

6.
The Croods: A New Age
$0.54 M
$56 M

7.
The Marksman
$0.375 M
$14.8 M

8.
Boogie
$0.34 M
$3.8 M

9.
Minari
$0.275 M
$1.8 M

10.
Wonder Woman 1984
$0.245 M
$45.8 M

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Raya and the Last Dragon rules the box office for a third weekend

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Raya and the Last Dragon rules the box office for a third weekend
March 21, 2021 by: Dave Davis

This dragon ain’t draggin’!

Disney’s animated fantasy RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON continued its flight pattern atop the box office for a third weekend with an estimated $5.2 million.

Thanks in part to a boost from theaters in Los Angeles reopening last week, Disney’s PG-rated release came close to last weekend’s $5.5 million box office figure (although the movie is still not screening in Cinemark and some other theater chains due to disagreements over exhibition terms).

The Asian-inspired adventure, about a warrior (Kelly Marie Tran) and a dragon (Awkwafina) trying to save the realm of Kumandra, has a domestic total of $23.4 million and a worldwide total of $71.2 million. The movie can also be viewed on the Disney+ streaming service, for subscribers willing to fork over an extra 30 bucks.

The Warner Bros. half-toon comedy TOM & JERRY was in second place with $3.8 million on its fourth weekend. The PG-rated animated/live-action hybrid starring the classic Hanna/Barbera characters now has a domestic total of $33.6 million and $77.1 million worldwide, on a reported cost of $79 million.

In third place was the new Cold War spy thriller THE COURIER with an opening weekend of $2.01 million.

The fact-based espionage tale follows a businessman (Benedict Cumberbatch) recruited by MI6 and the CIA in the 1960s. The PG-13 Roadside Attractions release premiered at Sundance in January 2020 (with the title IRONBARK) and was originally planned for theaters last August before shifting due to the pandemic.

Critics found the true tale to be generally effective, giving the movie an average of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 62. Go undercover with the JoBlo review HERE.

The PG-13 sci-fi thriller CHAOS WALKING was in fourth place with $1.92 million. After three weekends, director Doug Liman’s adventure with Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley has a domestic total of $9.6 million and $13.8 million worldwide, on reported $100 million cost.

In fifth place was the PG-rated animated sequel THE CROODS: A NEW AGE with $620,000, a slight uptick from last weekend. The $65 million Universal release is the rare pandemic success story, gathering a domestic total of $55.2 million and $160 million worldwide after 17 weeks on screens.

In sixth place was R-rated basketball drama BOOGIE for a $3.2 million domestic total after three weekends, followed by the Liam Neeson action-thriller THE MARKSMAN, now at $14.2 million on its tenth weekend.

The superhero sequel WONDER WOMAN 1984 was in eighth place over its thirteenth weekend on screens, with the Olivia Coleman/Anthony Hopkins Oscar hopeful THE FATHER and the Denzel Washington/Jared Leto/Rami Malek crime-thriller THE LITTLE THINGS wrapping things up for the weekend.

Outside the chart was another Academy Award contender, as the acclaimed Steven Yeun drama MINARI added another 500 screens, taking in $306,000 to give it a domestic total of $1.4 million from its limited run over the last few weeks.

Also finally seeing release on 500 screens was the Johnny Depp crime drama CITY OF LIES, quietly collecting $275,000. Directed by Brad Furman (THE LINCOLN LAWYER), the R-rated movie about the homicide investigations of Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur was originally planned for release way back in 2018 before getting yanked from the schedule. You can investigate the JoBlo review HERE.

And although it only made it to home theaters (via Warner Bros.’ streaming platform HBO Max), Zack Snyder’s super-sized director’s cut of JUSTICE LEAGUE finally arrived after much fan insistence and anticipation.

Even with its intimidating four-hour runtime, critics considered the costumed epic to be a major improvement over the original 2017 Joss Whedon version, giving it an average of 74% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 55 score on Metacritic. Fly on over to the JoBlo review HERE.

While there’s still no concrete announcement for the updated DC Comics superhero saga to hit theaters (particularly the IMAX screens it was formatted for), a Blu-ray release is planned for some parts of the world in May, and a black-and-white alternate version (called ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE: JUSTICE IS GREY) will be released on HBO Max.

Next weekend offers “Better Call Saul” Bob Odenkirk getting his hands bloody in the action-thriller NOBODY, followed on March 31 by the creature-feature GODZILLA VS. KONG (which stomps onto HBO Max the same day).

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Raya and the Last Dragon
$5.2 M
$23.4 M

2.
Tom & Jerry
$3.8 M
$33.6 M

3.
The Courier
$2.01 M
NEW

4.
Chaos Walking
$1.92 M
$9.7 M

5.
The Croods: A New Age
$0.62 M
$55.2 M

6.
Boogie
$0.6 M
$3.2 M

7.
The Marksman
$0.48 M
$14.2 M

8.
Wonder Woman 1984
$0.46 M
$45.5 M

9.
The Father
$0.355 M
$1.03 M

10.
The Little Things
$0.34 M
$14.7 M

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Raya and the Last Dragon tops the box office for a second weekend

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Raya and the Last Dragon tops the box office for a second weekend
March 14, 2021 by: Dave Davis

Disney’s Dragon stays perched in first!

On its second weekend, Disney’s animated adventure RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON was still flying high enough to take the top spot at the box office with an estimated  $5.5 million.

The PG-rated fable set in an Asian-inspired fantasy realm dipped by 35% from its opening last weekend, bringing it to a ten-day domestic total of $15.8 million. The movie is also available (for an extra $30 for “Premier Access”) through the Disney+ streaming service.

The Disney release, which features voice work from Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Benedict Wong and Daniel Dae Kim, has also collected a worldwide total of $52.6 million.

In second place was the animated/live-action hybrid TOM & JERRY with $4.1 million. After three weekends, the PG-rated clash of the classic Hanna/Barbera cartoon characters has a domestic total of $28.2 million and a worldwide total of $66.8 million.

The Warner Bros. release, directed by Tim Story (RIDE ALONG) and featuring humans Chloe Grace Moretz and Michael Pena, is also available on the HBO Max streaming platform through March 29.

The long-delayed Tom Holland/Daisy Ridley sci-fi thriller CHAOS WALKING was in third place with $2.25 million, stepping down by 40% from last weekend’s opening.

Director Doug Liman’s $100 million adaptation of the Patrick Ness young-adult books has a ten-day domestic total of $6.9 million. With an extra $2.6 million from international audiences, the Lionsgate release has a worldwide total of $9.5 million.

Still dribbling in fourth place was the R-rated basketball drama BOOGIE with $730,000 on its second weekend. Writer-director Eddie Huang’s coming-of-age story has a ten-day domestic total of $2.27 million.

In fifth place was the animated DreamWorks sequel THE CROODS: A NEW AGE with $520,000. Now on its 16th weekend in theaters, the PG-rated Universal release has a domestic total of $54.3 million and $158.6 million worldwide, on a reported $65 million cost.

The Liam Neeson action-thriller THE MARKSMAN was in sixth place, followed in seventh place by the new Indian comedy-drama JATHI RATNALU with $460,000 on just 130 screens (a fraction of the other movies in the Top 10).

Tied for eighth place with an estimated $400,000 each was Warner Bros.’ crime-thriller THE LITTLE THINGS and superhero sequel WONDER WOMAN 1984, which has been lasso-twirling on the big screen for three months now.

Entering the list at the bottom was the old-age drama THE FATHER with $312,000 for its first weekend on 865 screens. The PG-13 Sony release already received Golden Globe nominations for stars Olivia Colman and Sir Anthony Hopkins, along with nods for Best Picture and Screenplay.

In bigger box office news (or news about bigger box office), James Cameron’s sci-fi opus AVATAR has reclaimed its status as the highest-grossing movie in history.

Cameron’s technically groundbreaking 2009 movie had been dethroned from its lofty position in 2019, when Marvel’s all-star superhero saga AVENGERS: ENDGAME surpassed the Pandora adventure by collecting a worldwide total of $2.79 billion.

But the filmmaker has restored his “King of the World” title thanks to the re-release of AVATAR in China this weekend, where it grabbed $21 million to push its cumulative global figure to $2.81 billion. (Cameron still holds the #3 spot with the $2.2 billion worldwide total of TITANIC.)

Cameron is still working toward a December 2022 release date for AVATAR 2 (the first of four planned sequels), and at least one part of the world seems to be greatly anticipating the next chapter of lanky blue aliens.

Next weekend delivers a not-so-mild-mannered Bob Odenkirk in the action-thriller NOBODY, followed on March 31 by the creature-feature GODZILLA VS. KONG (which stomps onto HBO Max the same day).

What is your favorite movie directed by James Cameron? VOTE HERE!

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Raya and the Last Dragon
$5.5 M
$15.8 M

2.
Tom & Jerry
$4.1 M
$28.2 M

3.
Chaos Walking
$2.25 M
$6.9 M

4.
Boogie
$0.73 M
$2.27 M

5.
The Croods: A New Age
$0.52 M
$54.3 M

6.
The Marksman
$0.465 M
$13.6 M

7.
Jathi Ratnalu
$0.46 M
NEW

8.
The Little Things
$0.4 M
$14.2 M

9.
Wonder Woman 1984
$0.4 M
$50 M

10.
The Father
$0.312 M
NEW

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Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon flies to first at the weekend box office

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Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon flies to first at the weekend box office
March 7, 2021 by: Dave Davis

The Last Dragon takes first place!

A brand new Disney animated adventure made its mark at the box office this weekend as RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON opened in first place with an estimated $8.6 million.

Set in the fictional realm of Kumandra, the PG-rated movie was also simultaneously made available through the company’s Disney+ streaming platform, but at an additional “Premier Access” cost.

Disney’s original fable couldn’t overcome the $14.1 million actual weekend debut of last week’s animated/live-action TOM & JERRY, although it also did not have the benefit of familiar characters that have been around for 80 years. While it debuted on 2000 screens, RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON was also turned away from Cinemark theaters and other chains due to disagreements over exhibition terms.

The new fantasy (featuring the voices of Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Daniel Dae Kim, Gemma Chan and Benedict Wong) collected a worldwide total of $26.2 million over its first weekend.

Perhaps unsurprisingly for animated features now, the movie (which has four credited directors, however that works) reportedly cost more than $100 million to produce.

Critics embraced the Disney formula and impressive animated spectacle, giving the movie a 95% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 75 on Metacritic. Dance across raindrops to the JoBlo review HERE.

The neverending animated hostilities of Hanna/Barbera ‘toons TOM & JERRY continued in second place with $6.6 million, chasing away 53% of business from last weekend’s opening.

Warner Bros.’ PG-rated release (also viewable on their HBO Max streaming service) has a ten-day domestic total of $22.9 million and $57.2 million worldwide, on a reported cost of $79 million.

After perpetual delays, the Tom Holland/Daisy Ridley sci-fi movie CHAOS WALKING finally walked into theaters during the ongoing coronavirus chaos and landed in third place with an opening of $3.8 million.

Adapted from Patrick Ness’ young-adult novels and directed by Doug Liman (EDGE OF TOMORROW), the movie originally filmed in 2017 but underwent significant reshoots (reportedly handled by EVIL DEAD remake director Fede Alvarez), ultimately finishing with a production cost of $100 million.

The PG-13 adventure, also featuring Demian Bichir, Mads Mikkelsen and Cynthia Erivo, gathered an additional $2.6 million from other territories for a $6.8 million worldwide total.

Most critics thought the movie staggered and stumbled, giving it an average of 23% on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 40 on Metacritic.

In fourth place was the new basketball drama BOOGIE with an opening weekend of $1.2 million. The R-rated coming-of-age story from writer/director Eddie Huang didn’t exactly win the big game with critics, who gave the movie a 46% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 54.

The PG-rated animated sequel THE CROODS: A NEW AGE was in fifth place with $780,000 over its 15th weekend in theaters. The $65 million DreamWorks movie (distributed by Universal) now has a domestic total of $53.6 million and $157.6 million worldwide.

The R-rated crime-thriller THE LITTLE THINGS was in sixth place with $550,000. After six weekends on screens, the Warner Bros. release (no longer on their HBO Max platform) has a domestic total of $13.6 million and $25.1 million worldwide, on a reported $30 million cost.

In seventh place was Warner Bros.’ superhero sequel WONDER WOMAN 1984  with $511,000, followed by the Liam Neeson action-thriller THE MARKSMAN with $500,000 on its eighth weekend. Wrapping up the list for the week was the R-rated biopic JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH and the videogame adaptation MONSTER HUNTER.

The weekend’s other big debut happened on streaming, as the Eddie Murphy comedy sequel COMING 2 AMERICA was released through Amazon Prime.

Directed by Craig Brewer (DOLEMITE IS MY NAME), the PG-13 follow-up to the R-rated 1988 classic was originally set for an August 2020 theatrical release before Paramount elected to sell the rights to Amazon for $125 million (the movie itself actually cost a reported $60 million).

The exercise in nostalgia, which also brings back Arsenio Hall (along with most of the original cast) and adds Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones and Jermaine Fowler, was a mixed bag for critics with a 52% Rotten Tomatoes average and a 52 Metacritic score (the JoBlo review is HERE).

The next big theatrical releases will be the monster mash GODZILLA VS. KONG pounding onto screens (and on HBO Max) on March 31, while “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk gets violent in the action-thriller NOBODY on the 26th.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Raya and the Last Dragon
$8.6 M
NEW

2.
Tom & Jerry
$6.6 M
$22.9 M

3.
Chaos Walking
$3.8 M
NEW

4.
Boogie
$1.2 M
NEW

5.
The Croods: A New Age
$0.78 M
$53.6 M

6.
The Little Things
$0.55 M
$13.6 M

7.
Wonder Woman 1984
$0.511 M
$44.4 M

8.
The Marksman
$0.5 M
$13 M

9.
Judas and the Black Messiah
$0.282 M
$4.4 M

10.
Monster Hunter
$0.26 M
$14.3 M

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Tom & Jerry help animate the weekend box office!

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Tom & Jerry help animate the weekend box office!
February 28, 2021 by: Dave Davis

Tom and Jerry tussle in first!

Animated cat-and-mouse antics (in the real world) took over the box office this weekend as TOM & JERRY opened in first place with an estimated $13.7 million!

The eternal conflict between the famous feline and rodent duo had the second-biggest opening for a wide release during the pandemic, behind only the $16.4 million of WONDER WOMAN 1984 on Christmas weekend.

Directed by Tim Story (FANTASTIC FOUR, RIDE ALONG), the live-action/animation hybrid from Warner Bros. also simultaneously premiered on the company’s HBO Max streaming service over the weekend.

The enduring rivalry of the classic Hanna/Barbera cartoon characters now finds them dueling among humans like Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Pena, Colin Jost, Ken Jeong and Rob Delaney.

The PG-rated big-screen adaptation also captured an additional $25.1 million from international audiences for a worldwide total of $38.8 million, on a cost reportedly close to $80 million.

Critics didn’t seem very amused by the cartoon violence, giving the movie a 25% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 31. You can chase the JoBlo review over HERE.

After its return to the top for a couple of weeks, the animated DreamWorks sequel THE CROODS: A NEW AGE stepped down to second place with $1.2 million on its 14th weekend on screens. Universal’s PG-rated release has a domestic total of $52.3 million and $156.1 million worldwide on a reported $65 million cost.

In third place was the R-rated crime-thriller THE LITTLE THINGS with $925,000 on its fifth weekend in release. The $30 million Denzel Washington/Rami Malek/Jared Leto trifecta (which departs from Warner Bros.’ HBO Max platform shortly) has a domestic total of $12.9 million and $23.2 million worldwide.

WONDER WOMAN 1984 held onto fourth place with $710,000. After ten weekends, the $200 million sequel has a domestic total of $43.6 million and a worldwide total of $161 million.

The Liam Neeson action-thriller THE MARKSMAN was again in fifth place with $700,000 for a domestic total of $12.3 million and $16 million worldwide on its seventh weekend.

In sixth place was the R-rated biopic JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH with $500,000 over its third weekend in theaters. Warner Bros.’ awards hopeful (also streaming on HBO Max) has a domestic total of $4.1 million, on a reported $26 million cost.

Director Paul W.S. Anderson’s videogame adaptation MONSTER HUNTER was in seventh place with $460,000. The PG-13 action movie has a domestic total of $14 million and nearly $30 million worldwide on a reported cost of $60 million.

Star/director Robin Wright’s survival drama LAND was in eighth place with $355,000 over its third weekend, followed by potential Oscar contender  NOMADLAND with $333,000 as the Frances McDormand drama has traveled to a domestic total of $1.1 million.

Closing out the list the Tom Hanks Western NEWS OF THE WORLD, and for the first time in three-and-a-half months, the Robert De Niro comedy THE WAR WITH GRANDPA didn’t make the Top 10.

Next weekend brings some new competitors in wide release, including Disney’s animated fantasy RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON (also on Disney+ at extra cost), and the perpetually delayed Tom Holland/Daisy Ridley sci-fi movie CHAOS WALKING.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Tom & Jerry
$13.7 M
NEW

2.
The Croods: A New Age
$1.2 M
$52.3 M

3.
The Little Things
$0.925 M
$12.9 M

4.
Wonder Woman 1984
$0.71 M
$43.6 M

5.
The Marksman
$0.7 M
$12.3 M

6.
Judas and the Black Messiah
$0.5 M
$4.1 M

7.
Monster Hunter
$0.46 M
$14 M

8.
Land
$0.355 M
$2.1 M

9.
Nomadland
$0.333 M
$1.1 M

10.
News of the World
$0.2 M
$11.9 M

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The Marksman: Liam Neeson holds the weekend box office

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The Marksman: Liam Neeson holds the weekend box office
January 24, 2021 by: Dave Davis

Neeson keeps his sights on #1

The latest Liam Neeson action movie maintained control of the continually dwindling box office this weekend as THE MARKSMAN again took first place with an estimated $2.03 million.

The PG-13 thriller from distributor Open Road (who also released Neeson’s HONEST THIEF last October) dropped by 35% from its opening last weekend, giving the movie a ten-day domestic total of $6.09 million.

Directed by Robert Lorenz (TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE), the movie about a retired Marine mixing it up with the Mexican cartel reportedly cost around $23 million.

The rest of the chart remained fairly similar to last weekend, only with diminishing returns. As the most family-friendly option available, Universal’s PG-rated sequel THE CROODS: A NEW AGE continued to do relatively decent pandemic business with $1.82 million over its ninth weekend in theaters, even while it has also been available through VOD since mid-December.

The animated DreamWorks movie now has a domestic total of $41.8 million, and a worldwide total of nearly $140 million, on a reported cost of $65 million.

In third place was the Warner Bros. superhero sequel WONDER WOMAN 1984 with $1.6 million. The PG-13 follow-up has a domestic total of $37.7 million and $148 million worldwide on its fifth weekend in theaters. The $200 million movie also disappears from the studio’s HBO Max streaming platform today.

Director Paul W.S. Anderson’s videogame adaptation MONSTER HUNTER was in fourth place with $820,000, giving the $60 million Milla Jovovich action movie a domestic total of $10.1 million and $21.4 million worldwide after six weekends.

In fifth place was the Tom Hanks period drama NEWS OF THE WORLD with $810,000 on its fifth weekend. Director Paul Greengrass’ PG-13 Western has a domestic total of $9.6 million, on a reported cost of $38 million.

The R-rated psychological thriller FATALE was in sixth place with $415,000, for a domestic total of $5.2 million after six weekends. The R-rated Lionsgate release with Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy is also currently available via VOD.

In seventh place was the R-rated revenge movie PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN with $400,000. The Universal release (through their Focus Features) has a domestic total of $3.97 million on its fifth weekend.

Opening in eighth place was the R-rated drama OUR FRIEND with $250,000 on 534 screens.

Distributed (appropriately) by Gravitas, the fact-based tearjerker involves a man (Jason Segel) assisting a family (Casey Affleck and Dakota Johnson) when the wife is diagnosed with cancer. You can check out the JoBlo review HERE.

Still chugging along in ninth place was the PG-rated Robert De Niro comedy THE WAR WITH GRANDPA, now on the chart for 16 consecutive weekends, while the update of PINOCCHIO finished out the list.

Unsurprisingly with the ongoing global virus, studios have started to slide their major upcoming releases around the calendar. Over the past week, THE KING’S MAN, MORBIUS, GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE, UNCHARTED, A QUIET PLACE PART II and the highly anticipated NO TIME TO DIE (among others) have all been pushed to deeper in the year or out to 2022.

So far, Disney is sticking to the current release dates for BLACK WIDOW (May 7) and SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS (July 9), but it remains to be seen whether any further delays would impact the structured continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially now that story impacts from the various Disney+ TV series have to be factored in.

As it stands, the Denzel Washington serial-killer thriller THE LITTLE THINGS will arrive next weekend.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
The Marksman
$2.03 M
$6.09 M

2.
The Croods: A New Age
$1.82 M
$41.8 M

3.
Wonder Woman 1984
$1.6 M
$37.7 M

4.
Monster Hunter
$0.82 M
$10.1 M

5.
News of the World
$0.81 M
$9.6 M

6.
Fatale
$0.415 M
$5.2 M

7.
Promising Young Woman
$0.4 M
$3.97 M

8.
Our Friend
$0.25 M
NEW

9.
The War with Grandpa
$0.164 M
$19.4 M

10.
Pinocchio
$0.122 M
$1.5 M

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The Marksman: Liam Neeson takes aim at the weekend box office

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The Marksman: Liam Neeson takes aim at the weekend box office
January 17, 2021 by: Dave Davis

Neeson is back in action

Not even the coronavirus can prevent Liam Neeson from grabbing a gun and getting into action, putting his latest movie THE MARKSMAN on top at the weekend box office with an estimated opening of $3.2 million.

Nesson’s second pandemic release after last October’s crime-drama HONEST THIEF (both distributed by Open Road) is expected to earn $3.7 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

HONEST THIEF started out with $3.6 million for its first weekend, but had more screens available at the time (2,400 versus THE MARKSMAN’s 1,975 screens). Around 60% of theaters in North America are currently closed.

The new PG-13 movie (not to be confused with the 1953 Western or the 2005 Wesley Snipes direct-to-video movie of the same name) finds Neeson as an ex-Marine protecting a Mexican woman and her son from the cartel. The action-thriller, also starring Katheryn Winnick of “Vikings”, is the second feature directed by Clint Eastwood’s longtime producing partner Robert Lorenz (TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE).

Most critics thought Neeson was shooting blanks this time around, giving the movie a 33% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 43 on Metacritic. Set your sights on the JoBlo review HERE.

Moving to second place was the PG-13 DC Comics superhero sequel WONDER WOMAN 1984 with $2.6 million over its fourth weekend in theaters.

Director Patty Jenkins’ second adventure with star Gal Gadot has a domestic total of $35.8 million since its Christmas Day release, and a worldwide total of $141.7 million.

The $200 million Warner Bros. movie will also be available for subscribers of HBO Max until January 24. The movie has been one of the most-viewed options on streaming platforms since its release, competing with Pixar’s SOUL over on Disney+.

In third place was the PG-rated animated sequel THE CROODS: A NEW AGE with $2.04 million on its eighth weekend in theaters, bringing it to a domestic total of $39.2 million and $134 million worldwide. Universal’s $65 million DreamWorks movie also remains one of the biggest movies on VOD (along with Christopher Nolan’s TENET and the Gerard Butler apocalypse thriller GREENLAND).

The Tom Hanks Western NEWS OF THE WORLD was in fourth place with $1.05 million. The PG-13 drama from director Paul Greengrass has a domestic total of $8.5 million after four weekends.

In fifth place was director Paul W.S. Anderson’s PG-13 videogame adaptation MONSTER HUNTER with $920,000 on its fifth weekend for a domestic total of $9.03 million and $19.6 million worldwide (on a $60 million budget).

The Hilary Swank/Michael Ealy thriller FATALE was in sixth place with $530,000. After five weekends, the R-rated Lionsgate release from director Deon Taylor (TRAFFIK, THE INTRUDER) has a domestic total of $4.7 million.

In seventh place was the Carey Mulligan revenge comedy PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN with $430,000, bringing the R-rated release to a domestic total of $3.3 million.

The Indian thriller MASTER was in eighth place with $206,000 (on just 130 screens), while this week’s random catalog title is Disney’s THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE in ninth place with a reissue in 744 locations.

Featuring the voices of David Spade, John Goodman, Patrick Warburton and Eartha Kitt, the animated comedy (which has been deemed meme-worthy in recent years by the internet) has a running unadjusted domestic total of $89.4 million since its original release back in 2000.

Hanging around at the bottom of the chart is the Robert De Niro family comedy THE WAR WITH GRANDPA, celebrating 15 continuous weekends in the Top 10 (more than James Cameron’s AVATAR!) with a domestic total of $19.2 million and $33.4 million worldwide.

Unless anything changes in the next couple of weeks (and these days, who can say), the next big theatrical release will be the Denzel Washington serial-killer thriller THE LITTLE THINGS on January 29.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
The Marksman
$3.22 M
NEW

2.
Wonder Woman 1984
$2.6 M
$35.7 M

3.
The Croods: A New Age
$2.04 M
$39.2 M

4.
News of the World
$1.05 M
$8.5 M

5.
Monster Hunter
$0.92 M
$9.03 M

6.
Fatale
$0.53 M
$4.74 M

7.
Promising Young Woman
$0.43 M
$3.34 M

8.
Master
$0.206 M
NEW

9.
The Emperor’s New Groove
$0.169 M
$89.4 M

10.
The War with Grandpa
$0.155 M
$19.2 M

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Let Him Go: Kevin Costner drama wins box office weekend

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Let Him Go: Kevin Costner drama wins box office weekend
November 8, 2020 by: Dave Davis

Costner and Lane take the top!

Amid the ongoing pandemic (and seemingly endless U.S. election), moviegoers headed to see the new drama LET HIM GO to land it in first place at the box office this weekend with an estimated opening of $4.1 million.

The reunion of MAN OF STEEL’s Ma and Pa Kent (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane) was released on 2450 screens by Focus Features, who claimed the top spot last weekend with the horror movie COME PLAY.

Directed by Thomas Bezucha (THE FAMILY STONE) and adapted from Larry Watson’s novel, the R-rated thriller follows Costner’s retired lawman and his wife trying to rescue their recently widowed daughter-in-law and grandson from an off-grid family.

The latest modern Western from Costner received relatively decent marks from critics, with an average of 75% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 64. You can gallop over to the JoBlo review HERE.

Moving to second place was the PG-13 supernatural thriller COME PLAY with $1.7 million, dropping by 45% from its Halloween weekend debut for a ten-day domestic total of $5.6 million.

In third place was the family comedy THE WAR WITH GRANDPA with $1.5 million (a gain from last weekend). The PG-rated Robert De Niro prank fight has a domestic total of $13.4 million after five weeks in release.

Liam Neeson’s PG-13 crime-thriller HONEST THIEF was in fourth place with $1.1 million for a domestic total of $11.1 million and $18 million worldwide on its fourth weekend.

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s PG-13 espionage thriller TENET was in fifth place with $905,000 (also a slight boost from last week). After two-and-a-half months in domestic release, the $200 million action epic has collected a domestic total of $55.1 million and over $350 million worldwide before it arrives on home video next month.

Just in time for its 25th (!!!) anniversary, Disney plucked the computer-animated classic TOY STORY out of the archives this weekend for $505,000 on 2100 screens. 

The G-rated 1995 debut feature from Pixar, with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as plaything chums Woody and Buzz Lightyear, has a cumulative domestic total of $192.3 million (not adjusted for inflation). In 2009, a 3-D version was released as a double-feature with TOY STORY 2, adding another $30 million to its bank.

In seventh place was the R-rated horror movie THE EMPTY MAN with $277,000, taking the comic book adaptation to a domestic total of $2.7 million after three weekends. 

Filling out the rest of the list was the new crime-drama sequel TRUE TO THE GAME 2, the Appalachian Hoodoo horror movie SPELL, and the X-MEN spinoff THE NEW MUTANTS for one more time on the chart before it arrives on home video on November 17.

With coronavirus cases continuing to increase in North Amerca, the outlook for future movie releases keeps getting grim. The Blumhouse body-swap horror-comedy FREAKY arrives next week, and Universal’s animated sequel THE CROODS: A NEW AGE is planned for Thanksgiving weekend. But both the Ryan Reynolds comedy FREE GUY and the ensemble mystery DEATH ON THE NILE have been yanked off the 2020 calendar, leaving the Christmas Day premiere of WONDER WOMAN 1984 as the only major wide release still scheduled for the rest of the year.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Let Him Go
$4.1 M
NEW

2.
Come Play
$1.7 M
$5.6 M

3.
The War with Grandpa
$1.5 M
$13.4 M

4.
Honest Thief
$1.1 M
$11.2 M

5.
Tenet
$0.905 M
$55.1 M

6.
Toy Story
$0.505 M
$192.3 M

7.
The Empty Man
$0.277 M
$2.7 M

8.
True to the Game 2
$0.27 M
NEW

9.
Spell
$0.15 M
$0.405 M

10.
The New Mutants
$0.11 M
$23.5 M

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Liam Neeson’s Honest Thief wins the weekend box office

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Liam Neeson’s Honest Thief wins the weekend box office
October 18, 2020 by: Dave Davis

Liam Neeson steals first place!

Actor Liam Neeson took over the top spot at the (now typically minimal) box office this weekend as HONEST THIEF went wide for an estimated $3.7 million.

Neeson’s latest PG-13 crime-drama, about a bank robber trying to leave his felonious past behind, added around 2300 screens to the 170 Canadian locations it premiered on last weekend, giving it a current domestic total of $4.2 million.

Distributed by Open Road (CHEF, NIGHTCRAWLER), the action-thriller with Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney and Jeffrey Donovan has also gathered nearly $1 million overseas for a worldwide total of $5.1 million.

Critics didn’t seem particularly invested in the most recent entry in the “old guy action flick” category, giving the movie an average of 35% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 45. Shoot on over to the JoBlo review HERE.

The PG-rated Robert De Niro comedy THE WAR WITH GRANDPA moved to second place with $2.5 million for the weekend, losing 31% of business from its opening for a ten-day domestic total of $7.2 million.

In third place was Christopher Nolan‘s PG-13 sci-fi thriller TENET with $1.6 million over its eighth weekend on North American screens. The $200 million time-twisty action movie has a domestic total of $51.3 million and $325 million worldwide.

What’s this? What’s this? Disney pulled another one out of the archives this weekend and put the PG-rated dual-holiday movie THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS back on 2200 screens for fourth place with a $1.3 million weekend.

The beloved 1993 stop-motion animated feature from writer Tim Burton and director Henry Selick now has a cumulative domestic total of $76.3 million from its initial debut and various re-releases over the years.

Another Disney reissue was in fifth place as the PG-rated 1993 horror-comedy HOCUS POCUS scared up another $756,000 for a running domestic total of $43.1 million.

The new PG-13 romantic drama 2 HEARTS premiered on 1680 screens over the weekend for sixth place with $565,000, followed by the horror-themed X-MEN spinoff THE NEW MUTANTS with $465,000 and the R-rated Russell Crowe road-rage thriller UNHINGED with $425,000 as it drove over $20 million domestic.

In ninth place was the new action-comedy LOVE AND MONSTERS with $255,000 as it opened on 387 screens at the same time it became available on premium VOD.

Originally titled MONSTER PROBLEMS, Paramount’s PG-13 romance-adventure stars Dylan O’Brien, Jessica Henwick and Michael Rooker as survivors in a creature-filled post-apocalypse. The movie currently has a 90% critical average on Rotten Tomatoes. You can take a bite of the JoBlo review HERE.

Closing out the list was yet another Halloween-approriate re-release with the 1988 Tim Burton comedy BEETLEJUICE earning another $172,000 on 260 screens.

Next weekend’s main new release is the supernatural horror movie THE EMPTY MAN with James Badge Dale.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Honest Thief
$3.7 M
$4.2 M

2.
The War with Grandpa
$2.5 M
$7.2 M

3.
Tenet
$1.6 M
$50.6 M

4.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
$1.3 M
$76.3 M

5.
Hocus Pocus
$0.756 M
$43.1 M

6.
2 Hearts
$0.565 M
NEW

7.
The New Mutants
$0.465 M
$22.7 M

8.
Unhinged
$0.425 M
$20 M

9.
Love and Monsters
$0.255 M
NEW

10.
Beetlejuice
$0.172 M
$74.6 M

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The War with Grandpa topples Tenet at the weekend box office

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The War with Grandpa topples Tenet at the weekend box office
October 11, 2020 by: Dave Davis

De Niro makes more dinero than Tenet!

It was just a matter of time before a different movie settled in at the top of the box office, and the comedy THE WAR WITH GRANDPA took over with an estimated $3.6 million for the weekend.

The movie had the dubious honor of being the lowest-grossing #1 debut weekend in more than three decades (Sigourney Weaver‘s 1988 drama GORILLAS IN THE MIST previously held that distinction).

Led by Robert De Niro, the PG-rated family feature was released on 2250 screens after sitting on a shelf for a while — it was originally planned for release in February 2018 from Harvey Weinstein‘s Dimension Films, so you can probably guess what happened after that…

Directed by Tim Hill (ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN), the adaptation of Robert Kimmel Smith’s novel also features Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Rob Riggle, Jane Seymour and Cheech Marin.

Critics didn’t care much for the prank battle between young Oakes Fegley and his elderly nemesis, giving the movie a 25% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 36. You can check out the JoBlo review HERE.

After holding the number one position for five weekends, filmmaker Christopher Nolan‘s sci-fi thriller TENET finally gave way and moved to second place with $2.1 million.

The PG-13 Warner Bros. movie with John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki now has a domestic total of $48.3 million and $323 million worldwide (on a $200 million reported cost).

Disney’s reissue of the popular PG-rated 1993 horror-comedy HOCUS POCUS was in third place, adding another $1.1 million to its running domestic total, now at $42.3 million including its original release.

In fourth place was PG-13 X-MEN spinoff THE NEW MUTANTS with $685,000 million for a domestic total of $21.9 million and $42.9 million worldwide. The R-rated Russell Crowe thriller UNHINGED followed in fifth with $660,000, driving to a $19.3 million domestic total and $29.8 million worldwide.

In sixth place, Disney once again dipped into seasonally appropriate catalog titles and sent the Oscar-winning 2017 Pixar movie COCO back onto 1900 screens.

The PG-rated animated adventure about a boy visiting the Land of the Dead earned $603,000 for the weekend, taking it to a domestic total of $210.3 million and nearly $800 million worldwide.

Liam Neeson‘s latest doesn’t arrive on screens in the US until October 16, but the PG-13 crime thriller HONEST THIEF reached 170 locations in Canada over the weekend and landed in seventh place with $320,000.

After that, the list was filled out with the R-rated Jim Caviezel political thriller INFIDEL, the re-release of Tim Burton‘s 1988 comedy BEETLEJUICE and filmmaker Brandon Cronenberg‘s R-rated horror-thriller POSSESSOR (retitled POSSESSOR UNCUT).

From here, things remain bleak on the release front. We’ll get Liam Neeson‘s action movie HONEST THIEF next weekend, but the calender continues to fluctuate for major movies (not to mention the increasing problems for the theaters themselves). Denis Villenueve’s anticipated DUNE has traveled from its original December 18 date all the way to October of 2021, and Disney has decided to give Disney+ viewers a Christmas gift with Pixar’s SOUL. The next big movie to hit screens could be Ryan Reynolds‘ comedy FREE GUY on December 11, but… we’ll see what happens.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
The War with Grandpa
$3.6 M
NEW

2.
Tenet
$2.1 M
$48.3 M

3.
Hocus Pocus
$1.1 M
$42.3 M

4.
The New Mutants
$0.685 M
$21.9 M

5.
Unhinged
$0.66 M
$19.3 M

6.
Coco
$0.603 M
$210.3 M

7.
Honest Thief
$0.32 M
NEW

8.
Infidel
$0.205 M
$3.8 M

9.
Beetlejuice
$0.19 M
$74.4 M

10.
Possessor
$0.163 M
$0.529 M

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Weekend Box Office Report: Yep, it’s still Tenet

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Weekend Box Office Report: Yep, it’s still Tenet
October 4, 2020 by: Dave Davis

Another time on top for Tenet!

Once more, the time-twisting thriller TENET remained in first place at the withering domestic box office with an estimated $2.7 million for the weekend.

After five weekends on North American screens, filmmaker Christopher Nolan‘s $200 million sci-fi espionage movie is now up to a domestic total of $45.1 million. The PG-13 Warner Bros. release has made it to a worldwide total of $307 million.

At this point, it will be interesting to see what movie overtakes TENET at the top of the domestic box office. The 007 movie NO TIME TO DIE has already (and unsurprisingly, given the recent spikes in COVID-19 cases) relocated from its November 20 date out to April 2, 2021, and Disney/Pixar’s animated SOUL is almost guaranteed to bounce from its planned November 20 release date as well.

Upcoming movies that are still on the calendar are the Robert De Niro comedy THE WAR WITH GRANDPA (October 9), the Liam Neeson crime thriller HONEST THIEF (October 16), and the supernatural horror movie THE EMPTY MAN (October 23). Or will it be a random older title that supplants Nolan’s big-budget box office champ, as studios continue to dig through their archives looking for suitable existing material to throw in front of willing moviegoers?

One thing seems certain: there will be fewer screens to show these movies on. In the wake of NO TIME TO DIE moving to next year, theater chain Cineworld (which owns the Regal cinemas in North America) will reportedly be shutting down much of their business. Regal currently accounts for 7,155 domestic screens, the second-biggest chain behind AMC. Whether the closure will be temporary or permanent remains to be seen.

Speaking of catalog titles being regurgitated onto screens, Disney re-released their 1993 horror-comedy HOCUS POCUS in 2,570 locations over the weekend and scared up $1.9 million.

The PG-rated family feature about a trio of witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) menacing kids in Salem, Massachusetts now has a domestic total of $41.2 million (unadjusted from its initial theatrical run).

The horror-themed mutant movie THE NEW MUTANTS got booted to third place with $1 million over its sixth weekend, bringing the final Fox X-MEN spinoff to a domestic total of $20.9 million and $41.9 million worldwide (on a reported cost of $67 million).

Russell Crowe‘s road-rage thriller UNHINGED was spinning its wheels in fourth place with $870,000 for a total of $18.4 million on its eighth domestic weekend. It was followed by the Jim Caviezel kidnapping thriller INFIDEL, and the reissue of 1980 sequel STAR WARS: EPISODE V — THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK,

Warner Bros. apparently spoke his name three times, and BEETLEJUICE manifested on 346 screens to take seventh place with $300,000. Director Tim Burton‘s PG-rated 1988 movie, with Michael Keaton‘s titular bio-exorcist “assisting” Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin, now has a box office total of $74 million (not adjusted for inflation).

The Dacre Montgomery/Geraldine Viswanathan romantic comedy THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY was in eighth place with $275,000 over its fourth weekend.

The R-rated horror-thriller POSSESSOR (currently going by the title POSSESSOR UNCUT) was released on 320 screens for a weekend opening of $227,000.

Written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg (son of “body horror” maestro David Cronenberg), the movie follows a corporate assassin (Andrea Riseborough) who inhabits the bodies of other people to execute her targets. Christopher Abbott, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Sean Bean also appear in the unsettling feature (check out the JoBlo review HERE).

Finishing out the Top 10 was the R-rated monster movie SHORTCUT with $210,000 for its second weekend, giving it a ten-day domestic total of $652,000.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Tenet
$2.7 M
$45.1 M

2.
Hocus Pocus
$1.92 M
$41.2 M

3.
The New Mutants
$1 M
$20.9 M

4.
Unhinged
$0.87 M
$18.4 M

5.
Infidel
$0.455 M
$3.4 M

6.
The Empire Strikes Back
$0.355 M
$291.5 M

7.
Beetlejuice
$0.3 M
$74 M

8.
The Broken Hearts Gallery
$0.275 M
$3.73 M

9.
Possessor
$0.227 M
NEW

10.
Shortcut
$0.21 M
$0.652 M

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Weekend Box Office Report: Tenet is still lounging on top!

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Weekend Box Office Report: Tenet is still lounging on top!
September 27, 2020 by: Dave Davis

Tenet is still lounging on top!

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan‘s twisty espionage epic TENET once again sat in first place at the overall minimal box office with an estimated $3.4 million for the weekend.

The PG-13 sci-fi thriller is now up to a domestic total of $41.2 million after four weeks on North American screens. It’s cruising along with much bigger business overseas, now up to a worldwide total of $283 million.

The $200 million Warner Bros. movie, starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki, doesn’t look like it will have any big-league comeptition for many weeks. As expected, Disney has pushed Marvel’s BLACK WIDOW from November 6 out to May 2021, and Kenneth Branagh‘s ensemble murder mystery DEATH ON THE NILE has floated from October 23 to December 18. If the current schedule holds, TENET will have nearly two months to keep scraping up cash before the James Bond movie NO TIME TO DIE hits on November 20 date.

The PG-13 mutant spinoff THE NEW MUTANTS remained in second place with $1.1 million for a domestic total of $19.4 million on its fifth weekend. Director Josh Boone‘s horror-flavored entry in the X-MEN franchise has the same amount from overseas audiences for a worldwide total of $38.8 million.

In third place was the Russell Crowe thriller UNHINGED with $1 million, bringing the R-rated road-rage terror to a domstic total of $17.1 million and a worldwide total of $26.2 million (on a reported cost of $33 million).

Opening in fourth place was BREAK THE SILENCE: THE MOVIE with $980,000 for the weekend. The documentary about K-pop superstars BTS has a current worldwide total of $5.3 million.

The 1980 sequel STAR WARS: EPISODE V — THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Force-pushed its way onto 2100 screens this weekend, because… well, why the hell not at this point.

The movie’s reappearance settled into fifth place and added another $908,000 to its running total, which now puts it at a domestic figure of $291.1 million (not adjusted for inflation) including its original release and the 1997 big-screen Special Edition reissue.

In sixth place was the Jim Caviezel political thriller INFIDEL with $745,000 for a ten-day total of $2.6 million. The Dacre Montgomery/Geraldine Viswanathan romantic comedy THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY followed in seventh place with $470,000 for the weekend, which takes it to $3.2 million after three weeks.

The low-budget monster movie SHORTCUT was released on 725 screens this weekend. The R-rated horror-thriller, about a stranded bus full of students menaced by a lethal creature, grabbed $305,000 for its debut.

Willing movigoers got a rare opportunity to see Neo-Tokyo explode on a big screen this weekend as another sci-fi classic went racing onto 440 locations with the 4K release of the 1988 anime AKIRA.

Adapted from his popular manga series, Katsuhiro Otomo’s R-rated futuristic story of teen motorcycle gangs and psychic mayhem collected $270,000 for the weekend.

The fast-food comedy THE LAST SHIFT and the Evan Rachel Wood/Gina Rodriguez drama KAJILLIONAIRE were also new to screens this weekend, making $235k and $215k respectively.

While Disney+ subscribers can check out the live-action remake of MULAN (for an extra $30), Disney’s $200 million update of the legendary tale has been making its way to screens around the world and has caught $64.4 million worldwide so far.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Tenet
$3.4 M
$41.2 M

2.
The New Mutants
$1.1 M
$19.4 M

3.
Unhinged
$1 M
$17.1 M

4.
Break the Silence
$0.98 M
NEW

5.
The Empire Strikes Back
$0.908 M
$291.1 M

6.
Infidel
$0.745 M
$2.6 M

7.
The Broken Hearts Gallery
$0.47 M
$3.2 M

8.
Shortcut
$0.305 M
NEW

9.
Akira
$0.27 M
NEW

10.
The Last Shift
$0.235 M
NEW

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Weekend Box Office Report: It’s still Tenet all the time!

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Weekend Box Office Report: It’s still Tenet all the time!
September 20, 2020 by: Dave Davis

Tenet backwards and forwards!

The sci-fi thriller TENET continues trying to make the best of a bad situtation, once again taking the top spot at the box office for a third weekend with an estimated $4.7 million.

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan‘s latest cerebral effort has managed to scrounge up a domestic total of $36.1 million since it first started on Canadian screens in late August (it’s currently on 2900 screens in North America).

The PG-13 Warner Bros. release with John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki is still doing solid business overseas, now at $210 million from international audiences (which includes $60.7 million from China) for a worldwide total of $250 million.

Theaters might be opening around the globe (with all that the ongoing COVID-19 reality entails) but there aren’t many options to show, and it doesn’t seem like Nolan’s $200 million time-bending spectacle will have any significant competition for quite some time — the sequel WONDER WOMAN 1984 already vacated its October 2nd spot in favor of a (theoretical) Christmas Day release.

In addition, Sony yanked its animated family comedy CONNECTED from October 23 to an undisclosed date. Recent rumors claim that Disney could delay Marvel’s BLACK WIDOW from November 6, and supposedly has even considered giving Pixar’s animated feature SOUL on the VOD route.

If all of that comes to pass, Daniel Craig‘s final appearance as 007 could be the next major wide release attempting to lure audiences to the theatrical experience in large numbers… assuming NO TIME TO DIE holds on to its November 20 date. Before then, the only other possible options with notable names are the Liam Neeson crime drama HONEST THIEF on October 9, and Kenneth Branagh‘s next Agatha Christie mystery DEATH ON THE NILE on October 23.

In second place again at the domestic box office was the horror-tinted mutant movie THE NEW MUTANTS with $1.6 million. After four weekends, the PG-13 Disney release of Fox’s last X-MEN spinoff has a domestic total of $17.7 million and $35 million worldwide.

Opening in third place was the new political thriller INFIDEL with $1.5 million. Produced by right-wing conspiracy theorist Dinesh D’Souza, the “inspired by true events” story with Jim Caviezel as a kidnapped journalist was released onto 1700 screens.

The R-rated road-rage thriller UNHINGED was in fourth place with $1.3 million. Russell Crowe has been angrily motoring around theaters and drive-ins for six weekends now, and has collected a domestic total of $15.7 million.

The romantic comedy THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY was in fifth place with $800,000 on its second weekend on 2200 screens. The PG-13 Sony release with Dacre Montgomery and Geraldine Viswanathan has a ten-day domestic total of $2.4 million.

The remaining domestic box office scraps were divided up between the teen melodrama AFTER WE COLLIDED (currently only on Canadian screens in North America but smashing past $30 million overseas), along with THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN (also in Canada only), BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC and THE PERSONAL LIFE OF DAVID COPPERFIELD.

Disney’s live-action update of MULAN might have been a successful experiment with its extra-cost Disney+ streaming release, but the movie hasn’t made much of an impact in China — the remake dropped by 72% in its second weekend there for a $36.2 million total. It appears that nothing can get in the way of the IMAX-shot war epic THE EIGHT HUNDRED, which has generated $420 million in that country.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Tenet
$4.7 M
$36.1 M

2.
The New Mutants
$1.6 M
$17.7 M

3.
Infidel
$1.5 M
NEW

4.
Unhinged
$1.3 M
$15.7 M

5.
The Broken Hearts Gallery
$0.8 M
$2.4 M

6.
After We Collided
$0.305 M
$1.2 M

7.
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run
$0.21 M
$4.2 M

8.
Bill & Ted Face the Music
$0.188 M
$3.1 M

9.
The Personal History of David Copperfield
$0.15 M
$1.65 M

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Weekend Box Office Report: New Mutants finally hits theaters!

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Weekend Box Office Report: New Mutants finally hits theaters!
August 30, 2020 by: Dave Davis

The New Mutants arrive!

Almost three years after it completed filming, the X-MEN spinoff  THE NEW MUTANTS finally materialized on cinema screens this weekend and took the top spot with an estimated $7 million.

Directed by Josh Boone (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS), the self-contained introduction of troubled superpowered teens was released onto 2400 screens as North American theaters continue to cautiously attempt a return to business.

Caught up in the merger between Disney and Fox (and then the global pandemic), the endlessly delayed final entry in the X-franchise (until the inevitable Marvel reboot) features Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Henry Zaga, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt and Alice Braga.

The horror-tinted mutant movie cost a reported $67 million, despite its limited scope and lack of star power. Unsurprisingly, given the coronavirus circumstances (and now hurricanes), THE NEW MUTANTS had the lowest domestic opening of any X-MEN movie behind the $32 million start of last summer’s flop DARK PHOENIX.

Loosely adapted from the classic “Demon Bear” story arc from Marvel’s comic book title, the PG-13 release also made it to a few international territories, bringing its worldwide opening to around $10 million. Critics didn’t seem like they thought it was worth the long wait, giving it an average of 32% on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 46 on Metacritic (the JoBlo review is HERE).

The Russell Crowe R-rated thriller UNHINGED drove onto 500 more screens this weekend and collected $2.6 million from a total of 2331 locations. The $33 million road rage drama now has a domestic total of $8.8 million.

It might have taken them almost three decades, but the lovable doofus duo of William “Bill” S. Preston, Esq. and Theodore “Ted” Logan made a most(ly) excellent return this weekend with BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC.

The PG-13 sequel with Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter gathered $1.06 million from a thousand locations, but their latest adventure also received a simultaneous on-demand home release, where it topped the major VOD charts for the weekend.

Directed by Dean Parisot (GALAXY QUEST), the time-travel comedy featuring the Wyld Stallyns’ helpful offspring (Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine) and, of course, Death (William Sadler) cost a reported $25 million.

Critics generally embraced the optimistic energy of the sequel, giving the movie an average of 79% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 66. Hop in the phone booth and journey to the JoBlo review right HERE.

The comedy-drama THE PERSONAL LIFE OF DAVID COPPERFIELD was released onto 1360 screens this weekend for $520,000. The PG-rated Charles Dickens adaptation with Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton and Hugh Laurie has a worldwide total of $10.3 million including its release in international territories earlier in the year.

The PG-13 teen romantic drama WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS expanded to 1350 locations this weekend and slightly improved on last week’s opening with $453,000, bringing it to around $1.08 million domestic.

The animated underwater antics of THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN added another $400,000 over the weekend, giving Paramount’s PG-rated adventure a North American total of $2.9 million.

Elsewhere on the planet, Christopher Nolan‘s time-tweaking TENET launched in various territories for an estimated international opening weekend of $53 million!

Audiences have been anticipating the secretive sci-fi thriller from Warner Bros., originally intended as one of the summer’s primary blockbusters before the filmmaker and studio reluctantly accepted the precarious global situation and started sliding the release around the schedule.

The PG-13 espionage story with John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki and Kenneth Branagh reportedly cost over $200 million (Nolan’s most expensive yet).

Critical response hasn’t risen to INCEPTION levels of enthusiam but remains positive, with an 81% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 70 on Metacritic. Invert over to the JoBlo review HERE.

The fact-based war movie THE EIGHT HUNDRED also continued to attract massive crowds in China as the the IMAX-filmed epic has crossed $250 million since it started on August 21.

Next weekend, Christopher Nolan‘s TENET begins its release in the US (it has already made it to Canada screens) with a limited rollout that will expand in the following weeks.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
The New Mutants
$7 M
NEW

2.
Unhinged
$2.6 M
$8.8 M

3.
Bill & Ted Face the Music
$1.06 M
NEW

4.
The Personal History of David Copperfield
$0.52 M
NEW

5.
Words on Bathroom Walls
$0.453 M
$1.08 M

6.
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run
$0.4 M
$2.94 M

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Weekend Box Office Report: Daring moviegoers get Unhinged!

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Weekend Box Office Report: Daring moviegoers get Unhinged!
August 23, 2020 by: Dave Davis

Russell’s rage gets things rolling!

As a couple thousand North American theaters opened their doors this weekend for the first time since March, Russell Crowe stomped on the accelerator and put UNHINGED on top with an estimated $4 million.

Combined with the past week’s Canadian ticket sales, the R-rated thriller now has a domestic total of $5 million. In his first major appearance since the 2017 reboot of THE MUMMY, Crowe directs his seething road rage at Caren Pistorius (MORTAL ENGINES). The movie is expected to collect around $15 million worldwide by the end of the weekend.

Directed by Derrick Borte and also featuring Jimmi Simpson (HBO’s “Westworld”), the Solstice Studios release cost a reported $33 million. Critics gave the Oscar-winner’s vehicular villainy an average of 48% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 41. Steer on over to the JoBlo review HERE.

Paramount’s PG-rated THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN sponged up another $550,000 from its Canada-only run (it gets a VOD release next year in the US). The animated underwater adventure of the Nickelodeon friends has a total of $2.06 million since it drifted into theaters last week.

Nothing is normal in these coronavirus days, and new options were limited for those in America willing to risk visiting the cinema (or sit in/on/near their cars at drive-in theaters). Released by Roadside Attractions, the teen melodrama WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS still attracted a few eyeballs with $462,000 on 925 screens.

Directed by Thor Freudenthal (“The Expanse”) and adapted from the novel by Julia Walton, the PG-13 romance features Andy Garcia, Taylor Russell, Charlie Plummer and Walton Goggins.

Also finding its way onto 407 screens was the R-rated crime-drama CUT THROAT CITY with $265,000 for the weekend. Directed by Wu-Tang Clan’s The RZA, the movie features an interesting cast that includes Wesley Snipes, Ethan Hawke, Shameik Moore, Eiza Gonzalez and Terrence Howard.

The South Korean zombie movie PENINSULA started lurching onto North American screens for $225,000 over the weekend. The sequel to the intense 2016 action-thriller TRAIN TO BUSAN has snatched up more than $32 million worldwide over the course of its international release.

The unrated tale of post-apocalyptic survival currently holds a 55% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 50 on Metacritic. You can chew on the JoBlo review right HERE.

On other domestic screens, writer-director David Ayer‘s R-rated THE TAX COLLECTOR and the R-rated horror movie THE RENTAL (directed by Dave Franco) are still going, joined this weekend by the re-release of Guy Ritchie‘s crime comedy THE GENTLEMEN and the experimental Ethan Hawke biopic TESLA.

Meanwhile in China, the fact-based war epic THE EIGHT HUNDRED has lured crowds out of quarantine in huge numbers — the IMAX-filmed siege story is a bona fide blockbuster with $82.6 million for the weekend and $116 million total.

In North America, next weekend finally sees the release of X-MEN spinoff THE NEW MUTANTS, while the comedy sequel BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC gets a limited release at the same time it appears on VOD.

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#
MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Unhinged
$4 M
$5 M

2.
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run
$0.55 M
$2.06 M

3.
Words on Bathroom Walls
$0.462 M
NEW

4.
Cut Throat City
$0.265 M
NEW

5.
Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula
$0.225 M
NEW

6.
The Tax Collector
$0.121 M
$0.813 M

7.
The Rental
$0.108 M
$1.5 M

8.
The Gentlemen
$0.1 M
$36.4 M

9.
Tesla
$0.042 M
NEW

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Weekend Box Office Report: Spongebob floats as theaters slowly open

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Weekend Box Office Report: Spongebob floats as theaters slowly open
August 16, 2020 by: Dave Davis

Spongebob makes an appearance!

Although theaters are beginning to cautiously open their doors during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there aren’t many major new releases available for audiences brave enough to venture out for some big-screen entertainment.

Paramount took advantage of that shortage of options by releasing THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN into 300 theaters in Canada, and pulled in $900,000 for the weekend. The PG-rated Nickelodeon ‘toon was originally scheduled for release on Memorial Day weekend way back before things went to hell (it’s now planned for a 2021 release on VOD in the US).

Everyone’s favorite yellow subaquatic citizen previously splashed into theaters with THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE, which swam away with $85 million domestic and $141 million worldwide in 2004, followed by 2015’s THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER with a $162 million domestic total and $325 million worldwide.

The Russell Crowe thriller UNHINGED won’t arrive in US theaters until next weekend, but has been playing elsewhere around the world and so far it’s driven away with around $8 million.

Of its current global total, $582,000 came from almost 300 Canada theaters over this past weekend. The R-rated road rage story, which had previously been given the optimistic North American release date of July 1, cost a reported $33 million.

Among the releases currently showing on drive-in theater screens and in small independent cinemas, writer-director David Ayer‘s THE TAX COLLECTOR collected $203k over the weekend. The R-rated crime drama with Shia LaBeouf and Bobby Soto has a ten-day domestic total of $634k (the movie is also available on VOD).

Actor Dave Franco‘s feature directing debut with the R-rated horror movie THE RENTAL also continues to do solid business (all things considered) and is up to a total of $1.3 million after creeping out moviegoers for the past month.

The apocalypse thriller GREENLAND has also landed on screens in several countries including France, Taiwan and Norway, and has so far gathered a total of $4.5 million.

Directed by Ric Roman Waugh (ANGEL HAS FALLEN), the PG-13 disaster movie features Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin seeking shelter from a comet on the titular landmass (the project was originally a Chris Evans vehicle with director Neill Blomkamp). The $34 million release from STXfilms is scheduled for September 25 in North America.

Elsewhere around the planet, older movies are being regurgitated onto cinema screens for movie fans who are eager to briefly escape their homes. Christopher Nolan‘s INTERSTELLAR and INCEPTION (on its 10th anniversary) have made their way back into international theaters, and have respectively earned an additional $16 million and $1.6 million. And HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE got re-released in China over the weekend for $13.6 million, pushing the 2001 fantasy close to a $1 billion global total.

If everything goes according to current plans, the endlessly delayed X-MEN spinoff THE NEW MUTANTS will finally (!!!) appear in movie theaters later this month, Christopher Nolan‘s top-secret TENET will start to make its way around the world, the Russell Crowe thriller UNHINGED rages onto more screens, and the comedy sequel BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC hits both the multiplex and VOD.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run
$0.9 M
NEW

2.
Unhinged
$0.582 M
NEW

3.
The Tax Collector
$0.203 M
$0.634 M

4.
The Rental
$0.078 M
$1.3 M

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