Weekend Box Office Report: May 28 – May 30, 2021

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

3-Day Weekend Estimates Update:

This weekend the domestic box office took a major step on the road to recovery thanks to the one-two punch of Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II and Disney’s Cruella. In what was easily the biggest overall weekend at the domestic box office since early March of 2020, Cruella and especially A Quiet Place Part II both exceeded their already relatively lofty expectations heading into the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $48.39 million over the three-day frame. That easily topped the $31.63 million three-day opening weekend of Godzilla vs. Kong to register the largest opening weekend performance since the re-opening of domestic theaters. A Quiet Place Part II also delivered the largest opening weekend of any film since all the way back in February of 2020, when fellow Paramount release Sonic the Hedgehog debuted with $58.02 million over its first three days. Furthermore, A Quiet Place Part II nearly matched the $50.20 million pre-pandemic debut of A Quiet Place back in April of 2018. The four-day weekend estimate for A Quiet Place Part II currently stands at $58.5 million. Like its predecessor, A Quiet Place Part II was directed by John Krasinski and stars Emily Blunt.

Anticipation for A Quiet Place Part II was quite high to begin with back when the film was originally scheduled to open in March of 2020. Being delayed for 14 months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t appear to have hurt the film at the box office and if anything the delay may have actually further increased the anticipation for the film. In addition to the first film going over very well with both audiences and critics, A Quiet Place Part II was helped out by a number of other factors this weekend, including playing in 3,726 locations, likely having the highest amount of showtimes per location of any film since the re-opening of theatres, seating capacity restrictions continuing to be eased throughout more and more areas of the United States and not being available on any form of PVOD this weekend. Strong critical reviews for A Quiet Place Part II are no doubt helping as well. And it looks like A Quiet Place Part II might be going over even better with audiences than its predecessor did, as A Quiet Place Part II received an A- rating on CinemaScore (which is very strong for a horror film), in comparison to the B+ rating for A Quiet PlaceA Quiet Place Part II will have to deal with the debut of Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It next weekend, but is likely to hold up well regardless, especially beyond next weekend.

A Quiet Place Part II grossed an estimated $4.1 million from domestic IMAX screens over the three-day frame. That represented 8.5 percent of the film’s overall domestic gross this weekend. The four-day weekend IMAX estimate for A Quiet Place Part II currently stands at $5.0 million.

Internationally, A Quiet Place Part II started out with an estimated $22.0 million from 12 international markets. That places the film’s global total through Sunday at $70.4 million. International debuts for the film this weekend included $14.9 million in China, $4.0 million in Australia, $1.5 million in Indonesia and $0.79 million in New Zealand. This coming Thursday (June 3) A Quiet Place Part II will open in Russia and the United Kingdom.

While it had to settle for a distant second place this weekend, Disney’s Cruella was off to a nice start of its own with an estimated $21.30 million over the three-day frame. That represented the fourth largest three-day opening weekend since the re-opening of domestic theatres; behind only A Quiet Place Part IIGodzilla vs. Kong and Mortal Kombat (and just ahead of Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train). The four-day estimate for Cruella currently stands at $26.5 million. The re-imagined 101 Dalmatians prequel was directed by Craig Gillespie and stars Emma Stone and Emma Thompson. 101 Dalmatians being one of Disney’s more popular all-time animated films (when adjusted for ticket price inflation) and the presence of Stone and Thompson were no doubt the biggest draws for Cruella. The film was also obviously helped out this weekend by playing in 3,892 locations (which is the widest any film has gone since the re-opening of domestic theatres) and by receiving solid critical reviews (which on the average were stronger than many had been expecting).

As a result of its PG-13 rating, Cruella isn’t playing as family friendly as a typical live-action re-imagining from Disney, but the film still had a sizable family component to its audience, as parents and children made up an estimated 30 percent of this weekend’s overall audience. Also of note is that Cruella launched day-and-date this weekend theatrically and via streaming as a Primer Access title on Disney+, which likely limited the film’s box office performance somewhat. Cruella looks to be going over exceptionally well with early audiences, as the film received a strong A rating on CinemaScore, in addition to a 4.5 out of 5 stars rating from ComScore PostTrak polling. As a result of its very strong early word of mouth, Cruella will have a great chance of holding up well going forward. Cruella could also get an additional boost going forward from the overlap in potential audiences who wanted to see both A Quiet Place Part II and Cruella that chose to see A Quiet Place Part II first.

Cruella debuted with an estimated $16.1 million internationally this weekend from 29 markets. That places the film’s global total through Sunday at $37.4 million. International debuts for Cruella this weekend included $2.6 million in Mexico, $2.5 million in South Korea, $2.2 million in the United Kingdom, $1.3 million in Australia, $0.9 million in Spain, $0.8 million in Japan, $0.7 million in Saudi Arabia and $0.7 million in Hong Kong. Cruella will open in additional international markets in the coming week, including Russia on Thursday and China on Sunday (June 6).

Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s Spiral and United Artists Releasing and MGM’s Wrath of Man were both down two spots this weekend. For the three-day frame, Spiral declined a sharp 50 percent to place in third with an estimated $2.28 million, while Wrath of Man held up much better by decreasing a very solid 29 percent to land in fourth with an estimated $2.10 million. In addition to being naturally front-loaded as a Saw film, Spiral took an additional hit this weekend from losing its IMAX screens to A Quiet Place Part II. While an official four-day studio estimate for Spiral wasn’t made available today, the film is currently on pace for an unofficial four-day estimate in the area of $2.90 million. The current four-day studio estimate for Wrath of Man stands at $2.75 million. Through Sunday, respective total grosses stand at $22.11 million for Wrath of Man through 24 days and at a fairly similar $19.78 million for Spiral through 17 days. At this point, Wrath of Man looks to be in very good shape to pull off the upset victory when it comes to the final total domestic grosses of both films.

Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon was down one spot from last weekend to round out the top five over the three-day frame with an estimated $1.995 million. Raya and the Last Dragon has now claimed fifth place five of the past six weekends. Thanks in part to continued strong word of mouth, the Memorial Day weekend holiday frame (which is traditionally very strong for family films) and some drive-in double-feature shows with Cruella this weekend, Raya and the Last Dragon was up a terrific 20 percent for the three-day frame. The film’s four-day weekend estimate currently stands at $2.57 million, which is up 54 percent over last weekend’s three-day performance (and is within shouting distance of Wrath of Man for fourth place over the holiday weekend). This weekend saw Raya and the Last Dragon pass the $50 million domestic mark, which only four other films have done thus far since the re-opening of theatres (TenetThe Croods: A New AgeGodzilla vs. Kong and A Quiet Place Part II). Through Monday, the 88-day total for Raya and the Last Dragon stands at $51.44 million.

Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong and Funimation and Aniplex’s Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train currently find themselves in a very close race for sixth place over the three-day frame with respective weekend estimates of $0.85 million for Godzilla vs. Kong and $0.84 million for Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train. That was down 39 percent from last weekend for Godzilla vs. Kong and down a solid 36 percent for Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train. Respective total domestic grosses through Sunday stand at $98.15 million for Godzilla vs. Kong through 61 days (leaving the film just $1.85 million from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone) and at $46.50 million through 38 days for Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train.

On the international front, Universal’s F9 grossed an estimated $30.9 million in its second weekend from 8 select international markets. That brings the current international total for F9 to $229.0 million. F9 tumbled a very sharp 85 percent in China to take in $20.8 million this weekend, but in the bigger picture has grossed $185.3 million in the market to date. Additional totals by market for the film through Sunday include $15.2 million in South Korea, $13.3 million in Russia, $5.5 million in Saudi Arabia, $4.3 million in the United Arab Emirates and $3.7 million in Hong Kong.

Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It started its international run with an estimated $3.8 million in the United Kingdom and $99,000 in Egypt (taking first place in both markets). In addition to opening next weekend domestically, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It will be opening throughout much of the world next weekend, including Australia, Brazil, Italy, Mexico, South Korea and Spain.

Also in the United Kingdom this weekend, Sony’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway remained strong with an estimated $3.2 million. That brings the film’s current total in the market to $10.8 million. Overall, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway grossed $4.6 million internationally this weekend from 11 markets. To date, the film has grossed $36.8 million internationally. On June 11, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway will open in China and open domestically (after being pushed up a week this past week).

This weekend also saw Sony release Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train in the United Kingdom, where the film debuted with an estimated $1.0 million over five days.

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