Weekend Box Office Report: May 21 – May 23, 2021

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

Weekend Estimates Update:

Lionsgate’s Spiral: From the Book of Saw took in an estimated $4.55 million this weekend to lead the domestic box office for a second consecutive frame. The ninth installment of the Saw franchise had a much stronger than usual second weekend hold for a Saw film, as Spiral was down a very respectable, but still sizable 48 percent from last weekend. Prior to Spiral, the five most recent Saw sequels all had experienced second weekend percentage declines in the range of 61 – 68 percent. This weekend’s hold for Spiral helps make up a bit for the film’s lower than expected start last weekend and furthermore, it was especially important for Spiral to hold up relatively well this weekend given the new direct competition for horror fans the film will soon be facing from both Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II beginning next weekend on May 28 and Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It beginning the following week on June 4. The ten-day start for Spiral stands at a so-so $15.83 million.

United Artists Releasing and MGM’s Wrath of Man held steady in second place with an estimated $2.94 million. After last weekend’s sharp second weekend decline, Wrath of Man stabilized quite nicely this weekend by declining just 21 percent from last weekend. This weekend’s hold for Wrath of Man was fairly similar to the third weekend hold of Nobody back in April, when that film fell just 12 percent to gross $2.65 million (on the heels of a sharp second weekend decline of its own). The 17-day total for Wrath of Man stands at a solid $18.81 million, which places the film 20 percent ahead of the $15.62 million 17-day gross of Nobody. Going forward, it will be much more difficult for Wrath of Man to hold up well as the summer moviegoing season really starts to kick into gear next weekend with the release of the mentioned A Quiet Place Part II and Disney’s Cruella.

Warner and New Line’s Those Who Wish Me Dead grossed an estimated $1.84 million to remain in third. Those Who Wish Me Dead was down a very solid 35 percent from last weekend’s modest start. Prior to this weekend’s hold for Those Who Wish Me Dead, previous day-and-date releases from Warner Bros. had experienced second weekend percentage declines anywhere from 54 percent to 73 percent. With that in mind, this weekend’s hold for Those Who Wish Me Dead strongly suggests that being available on HBO Max hurt the film’s opening weekend performance more so than Warner’s previous day-and-date releases. Despite this weekend’s hold, the ten-day start for Those Who Wish Me Dead stands at a lackluster $5.54 million. Internationally, Those Who Wish Me Dead grossed an estimated $2.0 million this weekend from 38 markets. That brings the film’s international total to $7.5 million and current worldwide haul to $13.1 million.

After claiming fifth place each of the previous four weekends, Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon was up one spot from last weekend to move into fourth place with an estimated $1.66 million. That was down a very slim 2 percent from last weekend; a hold that is made even more impressive by the fact that Raya and the Last Dragon did face some new competition for family audiences this weekend from both Bleecker Street’s Dream Horse and Warner’s unexpected theatrical release of last year’s Scoob! With an 80-day gross of $48.30 million, Raya and the Last Dragon is currently the fourth highest grossing film since the re-opening of domestic theaters (behind only Godzilla vs. KongTenet and The Croods: A New Age).

Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong was up one spot from last weekend to round out this weekend’s top five with an estimated $1.44 million. Godzilla vs. Kong continued to stabilize this weekend as the film was down a slim 6 percent from last weekend. Godzilla vs. Kong has grossed $96.91 million through 54 days and thanks in part to the film’s strong percentage holds each of the past few weeks; it is appearing more and more likely that Godzilla vs. Kong will become the first film to gross $100 million domestically since the re-opening of theatres. Internationally, Godzilla vs. Kong took in an estimated $1.8 million this weekend from 51 markets. Respective total grosses for Godzilla vs. Kong stand at $335.4 million internationally and $432.3 million globally.

Funimation and Aniplex’s Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train was down two spots to claim sixth place with an estimated $1.33 million. That represented a solid 32 percent decline from last weekend (which places the updated gross for last weekend’s performance closer to $1.95 million). With an impressive 31-day gross of $44.93 million, Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train has now passed the $43.76 million unadjusted total gross of 2000’s Pokémon the Movie 2000 to become the second highest grossing anime film of all-time domestically (behind only 1999’s Pokémon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back).

Warner’s Mortal Kombat took in an estimated $0.94 million to remain in seventh place. Mortal Kombat declined a very solid 30 percent from last weekend, which easily represented the front-loaded film’s best percentage hold to date. The 31-day domestic total for Mortal Kombat stands at $41.24 million. After taking in an estimated $1.1 million internationally this weekend, Mortal Kombat has grossed $38.5 million to date internationally, which brings the film’s current global haul to $79.7 million.

Meanwhile, Bleecker Street’s Dream Horse debuted with an estimated $0.84 million from a semi-wide 1,254 locations. That gave the Euros Lyn directed sports film starring Toni Collette a modest per-location average of $673 for the frame. Dream Horse had originally been scheduled to open in May 2020, but was pushed back a year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unofficial estimates for Warner’s release of Scoob! place that film in a very close race with Dream Horse for eighth place this weekend. Just over a year after debuting on PVOD (before being made available on HBO Max a month later), Scoob! was given a wide domestic theatrical release this weekend. However, given the lack of marketing and the film’s limited amount of showtimes per location, this weekend’s release of Scoob! was much more in line with that of a re-issue.

This weekend’s biggest box office story was no doubt the estimated $162.4 million international start of Universal’s F9 from just 8 select international markets. This weekend’s international performance for F9 was led by the film’s $135.6 million launch in China. The film’s international start in China was the second largest ever for Universal (behind only 2017’s The Fate of the Furious) and was 96 percent higher than the $69.2 million debut of Godzilla vs. Kong in China back in March. Additional international starts for F9 this weekend included $9.9 million in South Korea, $8.2 million in Russia, $2.7 million in the United Arab Emirates, $2.6 million in Saudi Arabia and $2.4 million in Hong Kong. F9 grossed an estimated $14.0 million from international IMAX screens this weekend, which represented 8.6 percent of this weekend’s overall international gross. IMAX screens in China were responsible for $12.4 million of this weekend’s international IMAX performance. Upcoming release dates for F9 include Australia on June 17, Mexico, North America and the United Kingdom on June 25, Spain on July 2, France on July 14, Germany on July 15 and Brazil on July 22.

In further international box office news this weekend, Sony’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway grossed an estimated $8.4 million from just 11 markets. The film’s international performance was led by an estimated $6.4 million first place start in the United Kingdom since the re-opening of that market on Monday. The current international haul for Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway stands at $30.2 million. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway will open in China on June 11, domestically the following week on June 18, in Japan on June 25, in France on June 30, in Germany and Italy on July 1 and in Spain on July 16.

Additional estimated grosses in the United Kingdom since that market’s re-opening on Monday include $1.6 million for Warner’s Godzilla vs. Kong, $0.60 million for Sony’s The Unholy, $0.44 million for Warner’s Mortal Kombat and $0.43 million for Warner’s Those Who Wish Me Dead.

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