“Black Widow” has lost its No. The Tune Squad took the No. 1 slot in its second week of theaters.
LeBron James and Bugs Bunny were among the stars of Warner Bros. “Space Jam: a New Legacy”, which defied all expectations and won this weekend’s box office. According to studio estimates, “Space Jam: A New Legacy”, which grossed $31.7million in North America, and “Black Widow,” which took in $26.3 million, were the top grossing films of Sunday.
Many people didn’t expect “Space Jam” to win this award. The film, which was poorly received, was expected to open in the $20 million range. However, a large number of families and millennials who grew-up with “Space Jam” went to the theater to see the film. Even though the movie is currently streaming on HBO Max for free to subscribers, it was not well received. The film received a promising A CinemaScore from the audience, which suggests that word of mouth could be strong.
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” marks Warner Bros.’s largest pandemic opening. This is significant as the studio, in 2021, is simultaneously releasing all of its films in theaters along with on HBO Max.
It is also the biggest domestic opening for a family movie since the outbreak of the pandemic. Warner Bros. reported that 32% of the audience were under 18 years old, which is higher than normal. The majority of the major family films released during the pandemic, from “The Boss Baby: Family Business to Raya and the Last Dragon,” have grossed well below $20 million. However, audiences of all ages were excited about the new “Space Jam.”
“It’s a sign that families are waiting for a movie everyone can see, and this movie is that movie,” stated Jeff Goldstein of Warner Bros.’ domestic distribution chief. It’s a family-friendly movie.
“Black Widow” fell 67% in its second week. This is a steep drop, but it’s not unusual for superhero films that have frontloaded audiences. The international gross of , the Scarlett Johansson-led movie, reached $264 million.
“Black Widow”, the film that made the most money during the pandemic, was the top-grossing. Many industry professionals were also shocked when Disney revealed its first weekend profits from streaming rentals. However, rental grosses weren’t provided this week.
The film “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” was also launched this weekend. This is in line with studio expectations and is better than the debut film.
With $7.6 million, “F9” was fourth. “Fast & Furious,” which has grossed $591.2 million worldwide, took fourth place with $7.6 million. Universal films also took the fifth and sixth places: “The Boss Baby” with $4.7million and “The Forever Purge,” which had $4.1 million.
“A Quiet Place Part II” recently made its debut on Paramount+. It is still doing well into its eighth week in theaters.
This weekend saw the release of “Roadrunner,” an Anthony Bourdain film, which grossed $1.9 million at 925 theaters. It was also the highest grossing specialty debut this year.