BOX OFFICE REPORT
July 9-11, 2021
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Black Widow||$80 million|
|F9: The Fast Saga||$10.8 million|
|The Boss Baby:
|The Forever Purge||$6.7 million|
|A Quiet Place Part II||$3 million|
It's been 16 months since we last published a box office report. The weekend of March 6-8, 2020, was the last time all theaters were open before lockdown began. Most theaters have re-opened, though some locations are still dark, and some are only offering limited tickets at each screening. But the summer movie season seems to be back for real.
Black Widow debuted with an estimated $80 million at the domestic box office. Disney is also reporting an additional $60 million from viewers who opted to order the film on Disney+ through their Premier Access portal for $29.99. That's a strong showing, especially for a movie that was delayed multiple times and features a character who died in Avengers: Endgame. That puts it in the same ballpark as Ant-Man and the Wasp and Doctor Strange, but well below Captain Marvel. It will be interesting to see if Disney continues to offer releases through Premier Access after Jungle Cruise, which opens July 30. In an effort to brag, they may have painted themselves into a corner, as the expectation will be to release the home purchase revenue as well. Keeping the numbers private as they've done in the past might fuel speculation.
F9, the latest chapter in the Fast Saga, dropped to second place. Right now, it should pass the original film, and possibly the fourth entry. But it's unlikely to make more than spin-off Hobbs & Shaw and won't sniff $200 million. But it's already made more than half a billion dollars worldwide. The Boss Baby sequel Family Business slipped to third, and it's the equivalent of a stinky diaper compared to the first film. It hasn't even crossed $35 million yet, which is far less than the $50 million the original opened with. Still, there's no telling how much it being free to Peacock subscribers cut into that. The Forever Purge proved it was smart for Universal to end the franchise. It has yet to crack $30 million despite being the most expensive in the series. A Quiet Place Part II rounded out the top five. It's easily the biggest movie so far this year, with a healthy $150 million.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Summertime, the follow-up from Blindspotting director Carlos López Estrada. Playing on just two screens, this L.A.-set dramedy averaged $10,000.
- Zola may have been based on a popular Twitter thread, but it's not proving a big draw for a movie that opened on nearly 1,500 screens. The much-hyped A24 release has earned just $3.5 million to date.
- The only film to see an increase over last weekend was I Carry You with Me, the gay romantic drama from Mexico. Adding 33 more screens, it got a 46.7% bump.
Two sequels no one was exactly clamoring for. Space Jam: A New Legacy and Escape Room: Tournament of Champions. Both will be fighting for second place. The former should open with around $30 million and the latter with just $10 million.