The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.
Weekend Estimates Update:
Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong easily remained in first place this weekend with an estimated $13.38 million for the frame. While that was down a sharp 58 percent from last weekend’s three-day debut, the decline was still a reasonable one given that previous MonsterVerse films (especially those with Godzilla) have all experienced sharp second weekend declines as well. And as seen with previous day-and-date releases from Warner Bros., HBO Max continues to take a bigger toll on the second weekend theatrical grosses of Warner Bros. releases than it does on opening weekend. In the bigger picture, with a twelve-day start of $69.50 million, Godzilla vs. Kong is already the highest grossing film since the re-opening of domestic theatres; having zoomed past the $58.50 million take of fellow Warner Bros. release Tenet. Godzilla vs. Kong is also still in good shape to become the first film since re-opening to reach the $100 million domestic mark, especially since the film should stabilize next weekend with no new wide releases entering the marketplace. Also of note is that the second weekend performance of Godzilla vs. Kong was easily the largest second weekend gross since the re-opening of domestic theatres and also represented the fourth largest domestic weekend gross for any weekend since the re-opening of theatres (behind only the opening weekend performances of Godzilla vs. Kong, Wonder Woman 1984 and Tom & Jerry).
Godzilla vs. Kong also continued to impress internationally this weekend with an estimated $24.1 million from 38 markets. Through Sunday, respective estimated totals for Godzilla vs. Kong stand at $288.3 million internationally and $357.8 million globally. Impressively, Godzilla vs. Kong has already passed the $276.1 million international total of 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters and is quickly approaching the $386.6 million total global haul of that film. Godzilla vs. Kong is also on the verge of passing the $363.7 million global haul of Tenet to become the highest grossing American release globally since the re-opening of theatres. After taking in $12.9 million in China this weekend, Godzilla vs. Kong has grossed $165.4 million in the market to date. Additional international totals through Sunday for Godzilla vs. Kong by market include $16.0 million in Australia, $15.8 million in Mexico, $11.7 million in Taiwan, $11.1 million in Russia, $8.7 million in India, $6.2 million in Thailand, $5.8 million in Spain, $5.6 million in South Korea and $5.2 million in Vietnam. To date, Godzilla vs. Kong has grossed $32.5 million from global IMAX screens ($5.8 million domestically and $26.7 million internationally including $21.0 million from China), which represents 9 percent of the film’s overall global take.
On the heels of last weekend’s sharp second weekend decline, Universal’s Nobody bounced back in a big way this weekend to take second place with an estimated $2.65 million. That was up one spot from last weekend and down a slim 12 percent. Holdovers currently in wide release held up even better than expected this weekend, thanks in part to the opening weekend of Godzilla vs. Kong being behind us and in part to the soft opening of Voyagers (this weekend’s only new wide release). This weekend’s strong percentage holds could also be a sign of the overall marketplace continuing to slowly strengthen, especially as capacity limits continue to be softened throughout areas of the United States. In addition to those overall factors, Nobody is also no doubt starting to benefit more from its good critical reviews and good word of mouth. Nobody has grossed $15.63 million through 17 days, which already makes the film the fourth highest grossing release of 2021 thus far domestically. Internationally, Nobody grossed an estimated $2.37 million this weekend from 12 markets. Respective totals through Sunday for Nobody stand at $13.2 million internationally and $28.8 million globally.
After a respectable start last weekend, Sony’s The Unholy was down one spot to place in third with an estimated $2.40 million. The Unholy declined 24 percent from last weekend, which is an extremely strong second weekend hold for a horror film. Like Nobody, The Unholy also looks to have significantly benefited from attracting moviegoers who rushed out to see Godzilla vs. Kong last weekend. This weekend’s hold also suggests that word of mouth for The Unholy is likely stronger than the film’s modest C+ rating on CinemaScore would indicate. With a ten-day start of $6.73 million, The Unholy is running 18 percent ahead of the $5.72 million ten-day take of last year’s Come Play (which declined 43 percent in its second weekend to gross $1.79 million).
Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon held steady in fourth place with an estimated $2.14 million. That was up an impressive 5 percent over last weekend’s performance. Raya and the Last Dragon received a boost this weekend from the post-Easter weekend frame, as family films typically hold up well the weekend after Easter (though it should be noted this weekend’s hold for Raya and the Last Dragon was even stronger than usual for a family film the weekend after Easter). Thanks in part to strong holding power, Raya and the Last Dragon has grossed $35.24 million through 38 days. That gives the film a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 4.15 to 1. Look for Raya and the Last Dragon to continue seeing strong holds going forward, especially with no new animated films entering the marketplace until the release of Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s Spirit Untamed on June 4.
Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s Voyagers rounded out the weekend’s top five with an estimated debut of just $1.35 million. The Neil Burger directed sci-fi film was off to a soft start, even under current market conditions. Voyagers debuted a lackluster 64 percent below the recent $3.78 million start of fellow Lionsgate sci-fi release Chaos Walking, though it should also be noted that Voyagers had a much smaller production budget than Chaos Walking did. Interest in Voyagers was low to begin with and the film’s largely poor critical reviews didn’t help matters this weekend. Voyagers doesn’t look to be going over that much better with audiences, as the film received a soft C rating on CinemaScore. Given the film’s poor reception and its per-location average of just $685 this weekend, Voyagers should fade away from theatres fairly quickly
Warner’s Tom & Jerry was down one spot from last weekend to land in sixth with an estimated $1.11 million. Tom & Jerry was down only 17 percent from last weekend, with that hold being even stronger than it looks given that Tom & Jerry saw a noteworthy drop in its showtimes at many theatres this weekend. With a 45-day total of $41.12 million, Tom & Jerry is currently the fifth highest grossing film since the re-opening of domestic theatres. Internationally Tom & Jerry grossed an estimated $2.5 million this weekend, including a second weekend gross of $1.5 million in Australia (where the film has grossed $3.7 million to date). Through Sunday, respective totals for Tom & Jerry stand at $58.6 million internationally and $99.4 million globally.
Atlas Distribution’s The Girl Who Believes in Miracles continued its nice run with an estimated seventh place take of $0.58 million. That was down one spot from last weekend and up an impressive 6 percent. In addition to benefiting from strong word of mouth and the post-Easter weekend frame, the faith-based The Girl Who Believes in Miracles also received a boost by playing in 260 more locations than last weekend (for a total of 900 locations this weekend). The ten-day start for The Girl Who Believes in Miracles stands at a respectable $1.30 million.
After experiencing significant declines each of the past two weekends, Roadside Attraction’s The Courier stabilized very nicely this weekend to claim eighth with an estimated $0.44 million. That was down a very slim 3 percent from last weekend. The Courier is on the verge of passing the $5 million domestic mark after grossing $4.91 million through 24 days.
In international box office news, Warner’s Mortal Kombat was off to a healthy start this weekend with an estimated $10.7 million from 17 markets. This weekend’s performance for Mortal Kombat was led by a terrific $6.1 million debut in Russia. Other debuts for the film this weekend included $0.69 million in Saudi Arabia, $0.69 million in the United Arab Emirates, $0.57 million in Thailand and $0.55 million in Taiwan. Mortal Kombat will open in 12 additional markets next weekend, including Mexico and Spain, before opening domestically the following week on April 23.
Sony’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway continued to perform well in Australia and New Zealand with a combined weekend take of $2.8 million from the two markets (with $2.5 million of that gross coming from Australia). To date, Peter Rabbit 2 has grossed $10.2 million internationally (with $9.2 million of that total coming from Australia). After another release date change for the film, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway is now scheduled to open domestically on June 18.