The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.
Weekend Estimates Update:
The domestic box office received some much needed good news this weekend, as Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age exceeded expectations with respective estimated three-day and five-day weekend grosses of $9.71 million and $14.22 million. The three-day weekend start of The Croods: A New Age represented the largest three-day weekend gross of any film since the re-opening of domestic theatres back in August, as the computer animated sequel opened just ahead of the estimated $9.45 million three-day take Tenet over Labor Day weekend. In the comparison with Tenet, this weekend’s performance of The Croods: A New Age is made even more impressive when considering that due in part to current COVID-19 restrictions throughout various areas of the United States and Canada, The Croods: A New Age opened in a relatively modest 2,211 locations this weekend (which was 599 fewer locations than the 2,810 location count of Tenet in its first weekend of wide release). As a result, The Croods: A New Age had a healthy per-location average of $4,392 this weekend (in comparison to $3,363 for Tenet during its first weekend of wide release).
The Croods: A New Age appeared to be performing fairly close to consensus expectations on Wednesday with an uneventful opening day haul of $1.87 million, but then on Thursday the film held up exceptionally well for a family film on Thanksgiving Day by increasing 41 percent to take in $2.63 million. The Croods: A New Age jumped another 49 percent on Black Friday to gross $3.93 million, declined 9 percent on Saturday to register $3.57 million and is estimated to slow 38 percent on Sunday to gross $2.21 million. Universal Filmed Entertainment Group has now led the domestic box office for five consecutive weekends and will likely extend that streak to eight weekends, as The Croods: A New Age should remain in first place each of the next three weekends. In addition to having the domestic theatrical marketplace mostly to itself until Christmas Day, The Croods: A New Age should be helped going forward by having gone over fairly well with critics and very well with audiences (the film received a strong A rating on CinemaScore).
Internationally, The Croods: A New Age started out with an estimated $20.8 million from 7 international markets, for a global debut of $35.0 million this weekend. The film’s $19.2 million start in China was responsible for most of this weekend’s international performance. Additional international starts for The Croods: A New Age this weekend included $0.429 million in Saudi Arabia, $0.380 million in Vietnam and $0.277 million in the U.A.E. Upcoming international release dates for The Croods: A New Age include December 11 in Mexico, December 23 in Spain, December 24 in Russia and December 26 in Australia.
After leading the box office each of the past two weekends, fellow Universal release Freaky fell to second this weekend with an estimated $0.77 million for the three-day frame. That was down 40 percent from last weekend’s performance. Over the five-day frame, Freaky took in an estimated $1.11 million. The 17-day total for the low-budget horror comedy from Blumhouse stands at $7.02 million. Internationally, Freaky grossed an estimated $0.870 million this weekend from 29 international markets. This weekend’s international performance for the film was led by a $0.269 million debut in South Korea. Through Sunday, respective international and global totals for Freaky stand at $4.9 million and $11.9 million. Upcoming international release dates for Freaky include December 10 in Brazil, December 23 in Germany and December 25 in the United Kingdom.
101 Studios’ The War with Grandpa was down one spot from last weekend to claim third place this weekend with an estimated $0.644 million over the three-day frame. The family comedy decreased a slim 14 percent from last weekend, a hold that is made even more impressive when considering the stronger than expected start of fellow family film The Croods: A New Age this weekend. The War with Grandpa grossed an estimated $0.892 million over the five-day frame. Thanks in part to continued strong holding power; The War with Grandpa has grossed an estimated $17.26 million through 52 days. That gives the film a healthy current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 4.76 to 1.
Focus’ Let Him Go and Come Play claimed fourth and fifth place this weekend with respective estimated three-day weekend grosses of $0.453 million and $0.387 million. Let Him Go was down 37 percent from last weekend, while Come Play held up a bit better by decreasing 31 percent. For the five-day holiday frame, Let Him Go grossed an estimated $0.670 million and Come Play registered an estimated $0.520 million. Respective total grosses stand at $8.74 million for Let Him Go (through 24 days) and at a very similar $8.70 million for Come Play (through 31 days). In addition to continuing to play in theatres, both Let Him Go and Come Play are now available on PVOD.
Open Road and Briarcliff’s Honest Thief followed closely behind in sixth place with an estimated $0.350 million for the three-day frame. Honest Thief continued to hold up well this weekend, as the film was down just 21 percent from last weekend. For the five-day frame, Honest Thief grossed an estimated $0.465 million. Honest Thief has grossed $13.55 million through 45 days of wide release (and an additional week of Canada-only release). That gives the film a very solid current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.75 to 1.
This weekend saw Warner’s Tenet pass the $300 million international mark. To date, Tenet has grossed an estimated $300.4 million internationally. With the addition of an estimated $57.4 million domestically, Tenet has grossed $357.8 million to date globally. Domestically, Tenet grossed an estimated $0.30 million over this weekend’s three-day frame (from 656 locations), which was down only 16 percent from last weekend.
In other box office news, Disney’s re-issue titles didn’t perform nearly as well this weekend as they have over the past couple of months. The Santa Clause took in an estimated $0.170 million over the three-day frame (down a very sharp 63 percent from last weekend) and an estimated $0.245 million over the five-day frame. Unofficially, the ten-day take for the re-issue of The Santa Clause is in the neighborhood of $0.80 million.
Surprisingly, Frozen was even softer than The Santa Clause this weekend with respective three-day and five-day starts of just $0.120 million and $0.155 million. The stronger than expected performance of The Croods: A New Age with family audiences no doubt limited the potential of both The Santa Clause and especially Frozen this weekend. It is also possible that Disney re-issuing a different film each of the past ten weekends has started to limit the appeal for Disney re-issues for the time being. Also of note on the re-issue front this weekend is that unofficially, Warner and New Line’s Elf outpaced The Santa Clause and Frozen this weekend (and likely finished in seventh place among all films over the three-day frame).