The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.
Weekend Estimates Update:
It ended up being a close three-way race for first place over the four-day Presidents’ Day holiday frame between Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age and Warner Bros. releases Judas and the Black Messiah, and The Little Things. The Croods: A New Age currently has the edge for first place, but it is close enough that the rankings could still change between now and Tuesday, especially since Sunday (Valentine’s Day) is a bit of a wild card in the current theatrical environment.
The Croods: A New Age took in an estimated $2.66 million for the four-day frame (the film’s three-day estimate is $2.04 million). The Croods: A New Age was up one spot from last weekend to move back into first place this weekend and the film’s four-day performance was up an exceptional 58 percent over last weekend’s three-day take. Prior to this weekend, The Croods: A New Age last led the weekend box office nine weeks ago during the weekend of December 11 – 13. In addition to continuing to benefit from good critical reviews, strong word of mouth and the lack of new competition for family audiences, The Croods: A New Age received a clear boost this weekend from the dual-holiday frame. The estimated 83-day total through Monday for The Croods: A New Age stands at $48.94 million, as the film is now on the verge of passing the $50 million domestic mark. When The Croods: A New Age passes the $50 million domestic mark, it will be only the second film to do so since domestic theatres re-opened back in August (joining Tenet). The Croods: A New Age could hold up well again next weekend, before facing new competition for family audiences the following week from Warner’s Tom & Jerry beginning on February 26. This weekend also saw The Croods: A New Age pass the $150 million global mark. After taking in an estimated $0.45 million internationally this weekend, respective total grosses for The Croods: A New Age stand at $102.5 million internationally and $150.8 million globally.
Warner’s Judas and the Black Messiah is currently tied in second place over the four-day frame with fellow Warner Bros. release The Little Things. Judas and the Black Messiah debuted with an estimated $2.40 million over four days (the film’s three-day estimate is $2.00 million). The film was playing in 1,888 locations this weekend, for a respectable four-day per-location average of $1,271. Judas and the Black Messiah had been expected to take first place this weekend, but a bit of an under-performance in combination with the stronger than expected hold of The Croods: A New Age was enough to keep Judas and the Black Messiah out of first place. Judas and the Black Messiah was directed by Shaka King and stars Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield. Ryan Coogler is one of the film’s producers. Critical reviews for Judas and the Black Messiah have been terrific and the film also looks to be going over extremely well with audiences after receiving a strong A rating on CinemaScore. Judas and the Black Messiah will look to hold up well in the weeks ahead, thanks in part to its strong critical reviews and word of mouth and to its continued awards season buzz (especially for Kaluuya as best supporting actor).
As with Wonder Woman 1984 and The Little Things before it, Judas and the Black Messiah opened day-and-date theatrically and via streaming on HBO Max. Potential for Judas and the Black Messiah may have been limited somewhat this weekend by the stronger than expected hold of The Little Things and was no doubt limited by theatres in New York City and most of California remaining closed. The top DMA markets for Judas and the Black Messiah this weekend included Atlanta, Chicago, New York Metro (outside of New York City), Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Washington D.C. Metro and Miami. The audience breakdown for Judas and the Black Messiah skewed 53 percent female, 47 percent male, 69 percent towards moviegoers over 25 and 31 percent towards moviegoers under 25. Judas and the Black Messiah will start up its international run over the next few weeks.
After leading the box office each of the past two weekends, Warner’s The Little Things is currently tied for second place over this weekend’s four-day frame with an estimated $2.40 million. On the heels of last weekend’s very sharp 57 percent decline, the Denzel Washington-led The Little Things rebounded very nicely over this weekend’s holiday frame by increasing 20 percent from last weekend’s three-day take. The Little Things passed the $10 million domestic mark this weekend and the film’s estimated 18-day haul through Monday stands at $10.60 million. Internationally, The Little Things grossed an estimated $0.73 million this weekend from 28 markets. Respective total grosses for The Little Things stand at $6.4 million internationally and $17.0 million globally. Estimated current international totals by market for The Little Things include $2.7 million in Russia, $1.4 million in Saudi Arabia and $0.66 million in the United Arab Emirates. The Little Things will open in Australia and New Zealand this coming Thursday (February 18) and in Spain the following week on Friday, February 26.
It is also a very close race for fourth place this holiday weekend between Open Road and Briarcliff’s The Marksman and Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984. The Marksman currently has a very slight edge with an estimated $1.33 million over the four-day frame, while the four-day estimate for Wonder Woman 1984 stands at $1.30 million. Both films held up very over the four-day weekend, as The Marksman jumped 38 percent from last weekend and Wonder Woman 1984 increased by 29 percent. In addition to being aided by the Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day holidays this weekend, The Marksman, Wonder Woman 1984 and holdovers in general were also helped out this weekend by last Sunday’s grosses having been deflated by Super Bowl LV. Respective estimated total grosses through Monday stand at $41.80 million in 53 days for Wonder Woman 1984 and at $10.65 million in 32 days for The Marksman.
After taking in an estimated $0.45 million internationally this weekend from 43 markets, respective current international and global totals for Wonder Woman 1984 stand at $115.2 million internationally and $157.0 million globally.
Focus’ Land debuted in sixth place with an estimated $1.07 million over the four-day frame (the film’s three-day estimate is $0.94 million). The Robin Wright directed drama starring Wright and Demián Bichir opened on the high end of its very modest expectations. Potential for Land was limited in part by the film playing in 1,231 locations this weekend (which gave the film a four-day per-location average of $869) and from the film receiving a less than usual amount of opening weekend showtimes at many locations. The three-day opening of Land was a bit higher than the respective $0.72 million and $0.70 million opening weekends of fellow Focus releases Promising Young Woman and Half Brothers back in December. Critical reviews for Land have tended to be good, but not great, while the film looks to be going over fairly well with audiences after receiving a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore.
Other estimated four-day grosses this weekend included $0.75 million for Sony’s Monster Hunter and $0.44 million for Universal’s News of the World. Monster Hunter increased 28 percent over last weekend, while News of the World was up by 13 percent. Respective estimated total grosses through Monday stand at $12.79 million in 60 days for Monster Hunter and at $11.42 million in 53 days for News of the World.
This weekend also saw 101 Studios’ The War with Grandpa surpass the $20 million domestic mark; making it the sixth film to do so since the re-opening of domestic theatres. The War with Grandpa placed in ninth this weekend with an estimated four-day take of $0.216 million, which was an increase of 37 percent over last weekend. The 130-day total for The War with Grandpa stands at $20.06 million.
On the limited front, STXfilms’ The Mauritanian debuted with an estimated four-day take of $0.170 million from 245 locations, while Screen Media Films’ Willy’s Wonderland started out with an estimated four-day haul of $0.118 million from 123 locations. Bleecker Street’s The World to Come was off to a slower start with just an estimated $48,935 from 278 locations.
In international news, Wanda Pictures’ Detective Chinatown 3 delivered a record-breaking opening in China this weekend. Unofficial estimates for the film are in the area of $395 million this weekend. Avengers: Endgame was the previous opening weekend record holder in China with a $330.5 million five-day start back in 2019. Detective Chinatown 3 grossed an estimated $23.5 million from IMAX screens alone this weekend. IMAX grosses made up roughly 6 percent of this weekend’s overall grosses for the film, with those IMAX screens only representing 1 percent of the total screens for Detective Chinatown 3 this weekend.
In additional international news, Warner’s Tom & Jerry started out its international run with an estimated $1.4 million from 7 markets this weekend. Debuts by market this weekend for Tom & Jerry included $0.48 million in Singapore, $0.44 million in Taiwan and $0.38 million in the United Arab Emirates. Tom & Jerry will open in 7 additional international markets this coming weekend, including Brazil and Mexico. As mentioned, Tom & Jerry will open domestically on February 26 (day-and-date theatrically and on HBO Max).