BOX OFFICE REPORT
August 20-22, 2021
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Free Guy||$18.7 million|
|PAW Patrol||$13 million|
|Jungle Cruise||$6.3 million|
|Don't Breathe 2||$5 million|
Ryan Reynolds remained the top draw at the box office, as Free Guy had the strongest hold of the summer thus far. Slipping only 33.8 percent, the video game action/comedy earned an impressive $18.7 million in its second weekend. Despite competition from several movies – including an adaptation of one of the most popular TV shows in the world and a new horror flick – it dominated.
PAW Patrol: The Movie took second place, and put the argument about whether simultaneous streaming hurts a film's box office back into a gray area. The preschool-aimed film earned an estimated $13 million, even as it was streaming for free to subscribers of Paramount+. With many school districts around the country starting their classes earlier than usual, that's a mighty strong showing from the small pups.
Jungle Cruise stayed at third, and it looks like it will be just the fourth film released this year to pass $100 million. Don't Breathe 2 dropped to fourth place, while Respect rounded out the top 5. It's not hard to think they're cumulative grosses so far would have been their debuts pre-pandemic.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: The Lost Leonardo repeated, adding eight more screens but seeing its average cut by more than half.
- None of the other major releases this week topped $3 million. Revenge thriller The Protege did the best with $2.9 million. Horror flick The Night House was close behind with $2.8 million. But Reminiscence, the sci-fi neo-noir with Hugh Jackman, fell flat with only $2 million.
- Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Neill Blomkamp, who directed District 9 to a Best Picture nomination and international box office success has had diminishing returns ever since. Demonic, a low-budget horror freakout that marks his first feature in six years, earned a weak $36,500 on 85 screens, losing out to the sixth weekend of Roadrunner.
The only new wide release is the long-delayed Candyman reboot with Yahya-Abdul Mateen II. It should easily take the top spot with $18 million.