M. Night Shyamalan’s “Old” easily won a slower weekend at North American box offices, while the G.I. Joe pic “Snake Eyes” lived up to its title.
Both the major studios had new offerings, but moviegoers showed up in modest numbers during a weekend that saw the Olympics and rising concerns about the Delta variant.
Universal reported that “Old,” which grossed $16.5 million, was a record for the company on Sunday. Paramount’s “Snake Eyes,” origin story, brought in $13.4 million in ticket sales.
Although the grosses were not that different, “Snake Eyes”, starring Henry Golding, was significantly more expensive with an estimated $88 million, which does not include advertising.
Independently funded for $18 million, “Old” starred Gael Garcia Bernal as Vicky Krieps and Vicky Krieps in the roles of heads of a family whose vacation in a tropical paradise turns into a nightmare when they start to age rapidly. International grosses included, “Old,” based on “Sandcastle,” made $23 million worldwide its first weekend.
Jim Orr (Universal’s head for distribution) said, “It’s an exceptional debut.” “M. Night Shyamalan is an incredible filmmaker and one the best in the business.”
Orr stated that he believes Old will continue to perform well over the next few weeks.
The two new films were not particularly well received by critics or audiences. “Old”, which has a 52% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, got a C+ CinemaScore and “Snake Eyes,” is currently at 42% with a B CinemaScore. This historically doesn’t bode well for the long-term potential.
Disney and Marvel’s “Black Widow”, which grossed $11.6 million, moved up to third, bringing it to $314.9M worldwide. Last week’s No. The film “Space Jam: A New Legacy”, which grossed $9.6million, was 69% less than last weekend. Both films can be viewed at home: “Space Jam: A New Legacy” is available on HBO Max streaming, and “Black Widow” is available for rent from Disney+ subscribers for $30.
“This is part the natural ebb-and-flow of the box office as it continues to recover. Paul Dergarabedian is the senior media analyst at Comscore. “You’re likely to have longer weekends and smaller weekends. It’s an uncommon market.”
According to Comscore, the entire North American box-office weekend brought in $68 million in revenue. This is a huge improvement on the $80 million earned by “Black Widow” just three weeks prior.
Dergarabedian stated that it was also important to note where the box office was one year ago, when drive-ins were the only option, and weekend gross totals of $746,000.
Dergarabedian stated that the industry’s recovery over the past year was remarkable. We’re in a great spot, and next weekend’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ should be a solid weekend.
According to Comscore, estimates of ticket sales for Friday through Sunday in U.S. and Canadian theatres. The latest international numbers are included for Friday through Sunday, if available. The final domestic figures will be published Monday.
3. “Black Widow”, $11.6 Million
4. “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” $9.6 million.
6. “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions,” $3.4 Million
7. $2.7 Million. “The Boss Baby, Family Business”
8. “The Forever Purge,” $2.3 Million
9. “A Quiet Place Part II,” $1.3 Million
10. $830,000. “Roadrunner”: A Film about Anthony Bourdain