BOX OFFICE REPORT
November 5-7, 2021
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|No Time to Die||$6.1 million|
Let There Be Carnage
|Ron's Gone Wrong||$3.6 million|
You can't stop the Marvel train, at least not yet. Despite a "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Eternals delivered an impressive $71 million debut. That's not "game-changing" as the ads touted, but still solid. Once again, these were characters only the most die-hard comic book fans knew about before the movie announced, but Marvel is the brand, and the audience showed up. The film will have another week to clean up, as it won't have any competition until Ghostbusters: Afterlife in two weeks, but how well it holds will tell the story if this will reach the $200 million mark only Shang-Chi has hit so far.
Dune slid to second place, dropping another 50 percent. It's only at $83 million domestically so far, but has earned $330 million worldwide, including impressive showings in France and Russia. No Time to Die actually held remarkably well in its fifth weekend in theaters, sliding only 20 percent. It still hasn't cracked $150 million here, but is at two-thirds of a billion worldwide.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage didn't quite get to the $200 million threshold I expected, but with all the oxygen sucked up by another comic book movie, that's not too surprising. It will get there next week. The most surprising entry in the top 5 is Ron's Gone Wrong, 20th Century Fox animated movie that got dumped by Disney. It pulled up from 8th place, falling a tiny 3.8 percent.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: The Souvenir Part II made it two weeks in a row, adding 12 more screens while average $2,719.
- The French Dispatch finally went wide, adding 400 more screens but experiencing virtually no change in its gross.
- Spencer, the eagerly anticipated Princess Diana biopic starring Kristen Stewart, opened on just under 1,000 screens. Its $2.1 million haul was good enough for eighth place.
The only new wide release is Belfast, Kenneth Branagh's semi-autobiographical tale of growing up in Northern Ireland. It won the People's Choice Award at Toronto this year, and is expected to be a major awards contender. But it won't be a big box office threat. Anything around $8 million would be a good showing.