The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.
Weekend Estimates Update:
Warner’s The Little Things took in an estimated $2.10 million this weekend to lead the domestic box office for a second consecutive frame. The Little Things was down a sharp 55 percent from last weekend’s debut, as like Wonder Woman 1984 before it, The Little Things experienced a sharper than expected second weekend decline after exceeding opening weekend expectations. At this point, it appears that Warner’s theatrical and HBO Max day-and-date distribution model is having more of a negative impact on second weekend grosses than it is on opening weekend grosses (which suggests that more fan-heavy audiences are currently more willing to catch films in theatres and that less fan-heavy audiences are more willing to watch the same films on streaming when that option in available). Mixed critical reviews and average word of mouth also appear to have contributed to the sharp second weekend percentage decline for The Little Things. The Denzel Washington-led The Little Things has grossed an estimated $7.80 million through ten days of release. That is 28 percent ahead of the recent $6.09 million ten-day start of The Marksman. With the aid of the Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day holidays, The Little Things should start to stabilize next weekend, though the film will also be facing new competition from both fellow Warner Bros. release Judas and the Black Messiah and Focus’ Land.
Internationally, The Little Things grossed an estimated $1.4 million this weekend from 22 markets. That brings the film’s international total to $5.2 million and current global haul to $13.0 million. Estimated international grosses by market through Sunday include $2.2 million in Russia, $1.3 million in Saudi Arabia, $0.56 million in the United Arab Emirates and $0.33 million in Taiwan. The Little Things will open in Australia on Thursday, February 18.
Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age grossed an estimated $1.76 million this weekend to claim second place for a third consecutive frame. The Croods: A New Age continued to hold up especially well this weekend, as the computer animated sequel declined a very slim 3 percent from last weekend. Weekend grosses for The Croods: A New Age have been especially consistent over the past eight weeks, as all eight of the film’s weekend performances during that time-span have fallen within the range of $1.75 million to $2.22 million. Through Sunday, the estimated 75-day total for The Croods: A New Age stands at $46.02 million. That gives the film a healthy current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 4.73 to 1. Next weekend could see The Croods: A New Age move ahead of The Little Things in the rankings over the four-day holiday frame, as family films typically perform well over Presidents’ Day weekend. The Croods: A New Age added an estimated $0.81 million internationally this weekend from 17 markets. Respective current international and global totals for the film stand at $101.7 million internationally and $147.7 million globally. Current total grosses by market for The Croods: A New Age include $53.7 million in China, $15.6 million in Australia and $12.4 million in Russia.
Somewhat surprisingly, Open Road and Briarcliff’s The Marksman was up one spot from last weekend to move into third place this weekend with an estimated $1.00 million. The Liam Neeson-led action-thriller declined just 20 percent this weekend, which was an especially strong hold for a film like The Marksman over Super Bowl weekend. In fact, with the exception of The Little Things, percentage holds for major releases in general were significantly better than usual for Super Bowl weekend, due at least in some part to current grosses already being low to begin with. The estimated 24-day total for The Marksman stands at a very respectable $9.11 million. That is 18 percent behind the $11.18 million grossed by fellow Neeson-led action thriller Honest Thief through 24 days of wide release (and an additional week of Canada-only release) this past fall.
Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984 was down one spot and 30 percent from last weekend to land in fourth place this weekend with an estimated $0.91 million. While Wonder Woman 1984 had a solid hold this weekend (especially for Super Bowl weekend), the superhero sequel also wasn’t able to duplicate last weekend’s terrific hold (which was boosted by that frame being the first weekend where Wonder Woman 1984 wasn’t also available on HBO Max). This weekend saw Wonder Woman 1984 pass the $40 million domestic mark; making it the third film since theatres re-opened to do so (joining fellow Warner Bros. release Tenet and The Croods: A New Age). The estimated 45-day total for Wonder Woman 1984 stands at $40.30 million. Internationally, Wonder Woman 1984 grossed an estimated $0.65 million this weekend from 43 markets. Respective international and global totals for Wonder Woman 1984 through Sunday stand at $114.2 million internationally and $154.5 million globally.
Sony’s Monster Hunter, Universal’s News of the World and Focus’ Promising Young Woman claimed places fifth through seventh this weekend. All three films held up well, as Monster Hunter was down 20 percent to take in an estimated $0.59 million, News of the World decreased 26 percent for an estimated $0.40 million and Promising Young Woman declined just 17 percent to gross $0.22 million. Both Promising Young Woman (with four nominations) and News of the World (with two nominations) look to have received small boosts this weekend from Wednesday’s announcement of this year’s Golden Globe nominations. Respective total grosses stand at $11.88 million for Monster Hunter through 52 days, at a fairly similar $10.88 million for News of the World through 45 days and at $4.67 million for Promising Young Woman over the same 45-day span.
Other estimated grosses this weekend include $0.170 million for Lionsgate’s Fatale (which decreased 22 percent) and $0.167 million for 101 Studios’ The War with Grandpa (which increased an impressive 18 percent). Estimated total grosses stand at $5.83 million for Fatale through 52 days and at $19.82 million for The War with Grandpa through 122 days. And while an official estimate wasn’t released, unofficial estimates place Warner’s 4K IMAX re-issue of New Line’s 2001 classic The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in the same general neighborhood of Fatale and The War with Grandpa this weekend. The Fellowship of the Ring played on select IMAX screens this weekend and next weekend 2002’s The Two Towers and 2003’s The Return of the King are both scheduled to receive 4K IMAX releases.
Meanwhile, GKIDS’ release of Studio Ghibli’s Earwig and the Witch started out with an estimated $99,941 from 430 locations. The estimated five-day start for Earwig and the Witch stands at $0.133 million. The Gorō Miyazaki directed film represents the first 3D computer animated film from Studio Ghibli. Earwig and the Witch had a modest per-location average of $232 over the three-day frame. Potential for Earwig and the Witch was limited by much poorer than usual reviews for a Studio Ghibli film, the film receiving a modest amount of screenings at most of its locations this weekend, from most California and New York theatres remaining closed and from also being available on HBO Max this weekend. Earwig and the Witch will expand to Canada this coming Friday.