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.