BOX OFFICE REPORT
August 27-29, 2021
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Free Guy||$13.5 million|
|PAW Patrol||$6.6 million|
|Jungle Cruise||$5 million|
|Don't Breathe 2||$2.8 million|
Candyman took the top spot at the box office amidst polarizing reviews and increased concern about public safety, as COVID cases continue to rise and parts of the Gulf Coast prepared for a terrifying hurricane. The Nia DaCosta-directed sequel earned an estimated $22.3 million. That was far and away the best performance of the weekend, and one of the biggest debuts ever for a movie directed by a Black woman.
The horror flick pushed last week's top eight films down one spot each. Free Guy continued to hold strong in its third weekend. The Ryan Reynolds action comedy earned another $13.5 million to reach a cumulative gross of nearly $80 million so far. PAW Patrol: The Movie continued to play in theaters and on Paramount+, rounding up $6.6 million.
Jungle Cruise finally crossed $100 million, becoming the fourth film of the year to do so. Don't Breathe 2 marked its third weekend in the top 5, but brought in less than $3 million. Expect a similar situation next weekend when Shang-Chi is the only new wide release.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: The Mexican animated film An Egg Rescue averaged a runny $1,343 on 320 screens.
- Yet another shot-during-COVID romantic comedy dropped, though Universal opted to put it in theaters instead of on streaming. Together featured the delightful James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan, but barely scrounged up $100,000. That would be impressive were it playing on 10 times fewer screens.
- The Green Knight has officially become one of A24's 10 biggest films ever, having earned more than $16 million.
Labor Day Weekend used to be a total dead zone on the calendar. There were rarely any major releases, and if they were, they were distressed assets studios were just trying to get out the door. This will be different. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will absolutely obliterate the previous record for this weekend, set by Rob Zombie's Halloween remake from 2007. Expect an opening anywhere from $50-60 million.