Weekend Box Office Report: April 30 – May 2, 2021

The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.

Weekend Estimates Update:

After the breakout starts of Funimation and Aniplex’s Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train and Warner’s Mortal Kombat last weekend, both films experienced large second weekend falls this weekend. While that was discouraging news for the theatrical marketplace as a whole, both films were still able to remain at the top of the box office with relative ease this weekend. The race for first place between the two films was ultimately a close one, with Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train currently leading Mortal Kombat by $0.187 million based on weekend studio estimates.

Funimation and Aniplex’s Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train was up one spot from last weekend to move into first place this weekend with an estimated $6.42 million. Despite strong word of mouth, the newsworthy buzz from the film’s break-out start last weekend and playing in 305 more locations this weekend than last weekend, the extremely front-loaded nature of anime films in the domestic marketplace proved to be an irreversible trend for Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train, as the film slid 70 percent from last weekend. In the bigger picture, Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train has grossed an exceptional $34.14 million through ten days. That already makes Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train the highest grossing film ever for Funimation Films, as the film has already zoomed past the $30.71 million final domestic gross of 2019’s Dragon Ball Super: Broly. One of the difference makers in the race for first place this weekend was that Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train grossed an estimated $0.50 million from IMAX screens, as many IMAX screens were split between the film and Mortal Kombat this weekend (last weekend Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train only played on IMAX screens on Thursday night). The global IMAX total for Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train now stands at $29.2 million.

Warner’s Mortal Kombat fell one spot and a very sharp 73 percent to land in a close second place with an estimated $6.24 million. Mortal Kombat continued the trend of Warner’s recent day-and-date theatrical / HBO Max releases experiencing sharp second weekend declines by having the sharpest second weekend decline of Warner’s day-and-date releases (previously that distinction belonged to Wonder Woman 1984 with a second weekend decrease of 67 percent). This weekend’s hold also suggests that Mortal Kombat may not be going over quite as well with audiences as the film’s solid B+ rating on CinemaScore would indicate. As with Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train, the $34.09 million ten-day gross for Mortal Kombat paints a brighter picture for the film. While Mortal Kombat should stabilize at least somewhat next weekend, the film will also have to deal with new direct competition from United Artists Releasing’s release of MGM’s Wrath of Man.

Internationally, Mortal Kombat grossed an estimated $3.0 million this weekend from 39 markets. Respective totals for Mortal Kombat stand at $32.8 million internationally and $66.9 million globally. Estimated international totals through Sunday for Mortal Kombat by market include $11.0 million in Russia, $5.2 million in Australia, $1.7 million in Mexico, $1.4 million in Indonesia, $1.3 million in Spain, $1.3 million in the United Arab Emirates and $1.1 million in Taiwan.

Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong held steady in third place this weekend with an estimated $2.74 million. While Godzilla vs. Kong did stabilize this weekend, it also didn’t stabilize as much as had been expected. In general, most of this weekend’s holdovers currently in wide release experienced sharper than expected percentage declines (especially when considering the lack of impact from this weekend’s new releases). Also of note is that as of Saturday, Godzilla vs. Kong is no longer available on HBO Max. Godzilla vs. Kong passed the $90 million domestic mark this weekend and has grossed $90.31 million through 33 days. That leaves Godzilla vs. Kong $9.69 million away from becoming the first film to reach the $100 million domestic mark since the re-opening of theatres. Internationally, Godzilla vs. Kong added an estimated $2.7 million from 42 markets this weekend. That brings the film’s international total to $325.1 million and current global haul to $415.4 million.

Open Road and Briarcliff’s Separation debuted in fourth place this weekend with an estimated $1.83 million. The William Brent Bell directed R-rated horror film starring Rupert Friend debuted in line with its modest pre-release expectations. The dual break-out performances of fellow R-rated films Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train and Mortal Kombat no doubt made it even tougher for Separation to attract moviegoers this weekend. Also not helping matters for Separation this weekend was that the film played in a relatively modest 1,751 locations and was tending to play on a single screen.

Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon took in an estimated $1.34 million to remain in fifth place. That was down only 23 percent from last weekend’s performance. Raya and the Last Dragon passed the $40 million mark during the midweek and has grossed $41.58 million through 59 days. Look for Raya and the Last Dragon to continue to hold up well 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 (and Sony Pictures Animation’s Vivo now being released via streaming on Netflix instead of theatrically).

Universal’s Nobody was down two spots from last weekend to land in sixth with an estimated $1.26 million. Despite falling two spots in the rankings, Nobody still held up well this weekend, as the film was down just 28 percent. The 38-day total for Nobody stands at $23.37 million. Nobody could experience a sharper decline next weekend with the arrival of Wrath of Man in the marketplace. Through Sunday, Nobody has grossed $18.2 million internationally for a global total of $41.6 million.

Sony’s The Unholy was down one place from last weekend to take seventh with $1.07 million. The Unholy continued to hold up very well for a horror film, by declining just 27 percent (and that was while facing new direct competition from Separation). Thanks in part to strong holding power; The Unholy has grossed $13.13 million through 31 days (giving the film a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 4.16 to 1). Internationally, The Unholy grossed an estimated $2.1 million this weekend from 14 markets. Respective current totals for the film stand at $7.9 million internationally and $21.0 million globally.

In limited release, Universal’s re-issue of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World grossed an estimated $0.72 million from just 152 locations. That gave the film a very healthy per-location average of $4,737 for the frame (the highest of any film in this weekend’s top ten) and was good enough for eighth place among all films this weekend. Making this weekend’s performance even more impressive is that Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was a fairly modest performer in its initial run back in 2010, when the film opened with $10.61 million and went on to gross $31.52 million domestically. The lifetime domestic total for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World currently stands at $32.39 million.

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