For the first time since May, cinemas for all films will run under $100 million, according to Bullet Train (Sony) that will premiere next Friday; it might open to $40 million or more; after that, Warner Bros. may open Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson.
Thats assuming it doesnt dethrone like some DC Comics adaptations, such as this weekend's animated DC League of Super-Pets (Warners). Its #1 this weekend, but with a less-than-stellar $23 million; another animated Universal title last springs The Bad Guys, cost $90 million less and opened to $1 million more.
Animated superheroes can be gold mines. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony) made $190 million domestically, but animation has been uneven all summer. Lightyear (Disney) was a real disappointment as a Pixar-brand film. Paws of Fury: The Legend of Frank (Paramount) made less than $4 million last weekend.
Gru, who will raise another $10 million this weekend at #4, is expected to make more than $350 million better than Thor: Love and Thunder. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Paramount) made $190 million. Still, moviegoers are becoming more selective with VOD and streaming as near-term options.
Ticket sales for the same 2019 weekend accounted for $96 million, 59 percent of the same weekend. That lowers the ongoing four-week trend to 85 percent, but it's very unlikely to maintain that level of performance over the next two months.
Jordan Peeles Nope (Universal), which is down 58% from its debut, does not have to match Us (-53 percent after opening much higher) and Get Out (-15 percent) for a decent second weekend, which will become his third $100 million+ domestic film. However, each of the previous two grossed more than $250 million internationally, with substantially lower budgets; this one will be much less profitable.
Thor dropped 42% and Gru 40%. Other holds, including two Universal films on PVOD, fell just a third or less. Elvis (Warner Bros.) was down only 11 percent at #7 and $129 million. Also holding well is When the Crawdads Sing (Sony), which is down 25% in its third weekend, and is expected to reach $75 million or more. Maverick as usual held strong, down 20%, up to $650 million.
Vengeance (Focus), #10 in the 998 theaters, is the directorial debut of B.J. Novak, who also plays the lead. The Blumhouse production has received favorable criticism and is expected to have a good PVOD afterlife.
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Two specialized limited releases received some attention: A Love Song (Bleecker Street) got $18,700 on four screens, while Sharp Stick (Utopia) got about the same in two. Opening wider in 97 theaters, Resurrection (IFC) grossed $92,700.
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (Focus) added another $930,000 in 871 theaters, now at $6.7 million, and Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (A24) added another $602,000 in 821 to reach $4.1 million. Neons Fire of Love did $151,oo in 191, now $525,000.
With $650,000 in 1,490, the never-ending Everything Everywhere All at Once has returned with additional features, enough to total over $100 million worldwide for A24, which is by far the highest total.
The Top 10
NEW Cinemascore: A-; Metacritic: 59; Est. budget: $90 million.
$23 million in 4,314 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $5,331; Cumulative: $23,000,000
Week 2 (Universal) Nope; Last weekend #1
$18,550,000 (-58%) in 3,807 (+22) theaters; PTA: $4,873; Cumulative: $80,583,000
Week 4 of Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney); Last weekend #2
$13,075,000 (-42%) in 3,650 (-720) cinemas; PTA: $3,582; Cumulative: $301,522,000
Week 5 of Minions: Gru's Rise (Universal); Last weekend #3
$10,800,000 (-40%) in 3,579 (-237) theaters; PTA: $3,040; Cumulative: $320,411,000
Maverick (Paramount) Week 10; Last weekend #5
$8,200,000 (-20%) in 3,008 (-152) cinemas; PTA: $2,726; Cumulative: $650,104,000
Week 3 of The Crawdads Sing (Sony); Last weekend #4
$7,525,000 (-27%) in 3,526 (-124) theaters; PTA: $2,134; Cumulative: $53,526,000
Week 6 of Elvis (Warner Bros.); Last weekend #6
$5,830,000 (-11%) in 2,901 (-204) theaters; PTA: $2,010; Cumulative: $129,001,000
Week 6 of The Black Phone (Universal); Last weekend #8; and also on PVOD
In 1,638 (-417) theaters, $2,500,000 (-29%); PTA: $1,526; Cumulative: $83,119,000
Jurassic World: Dominion (Universal) Week 8; Last weekend #9; also on PVOD
$2,080,000 (-33%) in 1,747 (-420) cinemas; PTA: $1,191; Cumulative: $369,493,000
NEW Cinemascore: B+; Metacritic: 69 for Vengeance (Focus)
In 998 theaters, $1,750,000 is raised; PTA: $1,754; and cumulative: $1,750,000.
Metacritic: 76; Festivals include: Sundance 2022
$18,702 in four theaters; $4,859 PTA
Metacritic: 70 for Resurrection(IFC) Festivals include: Sundance 2021
$92,700 in 97 theaters; PTA: $956
Medusa (Music Box) Metacritic: 69; Festivals include: Cannes, Toronto, 2021
In three theaters, $2,181 is paid, and $727 is paid as a volunteer.
Metacritic:52 for Sharp Stick (Utopia): Sundance 2022
$18,317 in two theaters; $9,159 in the PTA
Mrs. Harris Visits Paris (Focus) Week 3
$930,000 in 871 (-130) theaters; Cumulative: $6,755,00
Week 4 of Fire of Love(Neon)
In 191 (+94) theaters, $151,262 was spent; in the Cumulative: $525,590
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4
$53,947 in 63 (-1) theaters; Cumulative: $333,607
Marcel the Shell With Shoes On (A24) Week 6
$602,300 in 821 theaters (+231); Cumulative: $4,101,000
Everything All at One (A24) Week 18; also on PVOD
$650,000 in 1,490 (+1,320) theaters; total: $68,848,000