The Eternals topped the box office second weekend

Disney and Marvel’s Eternals plummeted in theaters in their second weekend, but they still hold the top spot, outstripping newcomers such as Big Red Dog Clifford.

The Eternals added $ 27.5 million over the weekend, bringing total domestic sales to $ 118.8 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday. The film, directed by Oscar winner Chloe Zhao and starring Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Gemma Chan and Salma Hayek, has dropped 61% since its debut. While not uncommon for a large superhero marquee, it was significantly steeper than the 52% drop seen in Disney and Marvel’s latest offering, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Both played exclusively in theaters, but the main difference is that Shang-Chi simply received higher ratings from audiences and critics. Shang-Chi was also made available to air on Disney + this weekend. To date, The Eternals have earned $ 281.4 million worldwide.

Second place went to “Big Red Dog Clifford,” which opened in theaters for a week and was also available to watch at home for Paramount + subscribers. It made about $ 16.4 million in 3,700 theaters over the weekend and $ 22 million in five days of release.

While critics weren’t impressed (he has 48% on Rotten Tomatoes), the audience was more lenient, giving him a promising A CinemaScore. And “Clifford” succeeded, despite the uncertain conditions of family viewing of films.

“There has been a lot of talk about family audiences and whether they want to go to the cinema,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “I think this is a really solid debut. This shows that there is a demand for family films on the small and big screen. ”

Rounding out the top five are Dune with $ 5.5 million, No Time to Die in fourth with $ 4.6 million, and Venom: Let There Be Massacre in fifth with $ 4 million. It is noteworthy that “Venom” this weekend was only the second film of the pandemic era, which surpassed the $ 200 million mark at the box office in the country. The other was Shang-Chi.

More and more award contenders are also making its way to the box office, with many making their way into the top 10. Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film Belfast grossed $ 1.8 million on 580 screens this weekend in its debut. In the second weekend, Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, received $ 1.5 million from 1,265 screens. And even on its fourth weekend, Wes Anderson’s French Newsletter continues to thrive, adding $ 1.8 million and bringing the total to $ 11.6 million.

“These films are now in fewer cinemas, but there is a demand for independent films, which, according to everyone, will really suffer from the pandemic,” Dergarabedyan said. “We are really seeing signs of a much more normalization of the market.”

Top 10 Grossing Films

Estimated Friday-Sunday ticket sales in US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore.

1. “Eternal, ”$ 27.5 million USA

2. “Clifford Big Red Dog, ”$ 16.4 million USA

3. “Dune, ”$ 5.5 million

4. “No time to die. ”$ 4.6 million

5. “Venom: Let There Be Carnage, “$ 4 million

6. “Ron went wrong. ”$ 2.2 million

7. “French dispatch. ”$ 1.8 million

eight. “Belfast. ”$ 1.8 million

nine. “Spencer, ”$ 1.5 million

ten. “Horns. ”$ 1.2 million