Weekend Box Office Report: June 18 – June 20, 2021

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

Weekend Estimates Update:

Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard opened a bit ahead of its relatively modest expectations to take first place this weekend with an estimated $11.68 million. That places the film’s five-day start at $17.02 million (which also includes preview shows from Tuesday and this past weekend, which were rolled into Wednesday’s opening day gross). When taking out last weekend’s preview grosses, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard started out a bit slow on Wednesday and Thursday (the film actually trailed A Quiet Place Part II on Thursday), but picked up the pace once Friday hit. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard benefited over the weekend itself by seeing its location count go from 2,940 locations during the midweek to 3,331 locations over the weekend, the Father’s Day holiday on Sunday (the film is estimated to increase 7 percent on Sunday) and may also already be benefiting from good word of mouth, as the film received a respectable B rating on CinemaScore. As with its predecessor, 2017’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard, the Patrick Hughes directed sequel starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek looks to be going over much better with audiences than it has with critics. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard also got a boost over the weekend from starting to play on IMAX screens on Friday, with the film grossing an estimated $1.0 million from IMAX screens over the three-day weekend. Going forward, despite good word of mouth, it will be difficult for Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard to hold up well in the weeks ahead as a result of Universal’s F9 opening this coming Friday (June 25) and Disney’s Black Widow opening two weeks later on July 9. Ryan Reynolds could experience greater box office success later this summer when Disney and 20th Century’s Free Guy hits theatres on August 13.

After unexpectedly returning to first place at the box office last weekend, Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II had to settle for second place this weekend with an estimated $9.40 million. In the bigger picture, A Quiet Place Part II continued to hold up well this weekend, especially for a horror sequel, as the film declined a slim 22 percent from last weekend. In addition to benefiting from continued strong word of mouth, A Quiet Place Part II is also expected to hold up very nicely on Sunday thanks to Father’s Day. A Quiet Place Part II continues to pad its position as the highest grossing domestic film since the re-opening of theatres with an impressive 24-day total gross of $125.26 million. That gives the film a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 2.63 to 1. Internationally, A Quiet Place Part II grossed an estimated $15.7 million this weekend from 45 markets. A Quiet Place Part II has grossed $96.7 million to date internationally and with a current global haul of $222.0 million, zoomed past the $200 million global mark this weekend.

Sony’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway was up one spot from last weekend to move into third place with an estimated $6.10 million. Peter Rabbit 2 had a good, but not great, second weekend hold by declining 39.6 percent this weekend. This weekend Peter Rabbit 2 benefited from its good word of mouth and no new family films entering the theatrical marketplace; though the film did have to deal with Disney and Pixar’s Luca arriving on Friday via streaming on Disney+ (for all subscribers). The ten-day start for Peter Rabbit 2 stands at $20.33 million. That is just 11 percent behind the $22.85 million ten-day gross of Tom & Jerry earlier this year. As a family film, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway could hold up better than other holdovers next weekend in the face of F9, but the following weekend Peter Rabbit 2 will face new direct competition from Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business, which opens day-and-date theatrically and via streaming on Peacock (for all subscribers) on July 2. Internationally, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway added an estimated $6.0 million this weekend from 27 markets. Through Sunday, respective totals for the film stand at $70.5 million internationally and $90.8 million globally.

It’s currently a very tight race for fourth place this weekend between Warner and New Line’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and Disney’s Cruella. Based on estimates, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It currently has the slight edge, with a lead of $50,000 for the frame.

Warner Bros. And New Line’s The Conjuring the Devil Made Me Do It took in an estimated $5.15 million. That was down a sizable 50 percent from last weekend. This weekend’s percentage decline was a bit surprising after last weekend’s respectable second weekend hold, though the film did hold up a bit better this weekend than it did last weekend. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It passed the $50 million domestic mark this weekend and has grossed $53.60 million through 17 days. That currently ranks the film as the seventh highest grossing film since the re-opening of domestic theatres (and the film will soon surpass Raya and the Last Dragon to move into sixth). Internationally, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It grossed an estimated $12.4 million this weekend from 56 markets. Respective totals for the film through Sunday stand at $89.2 million internationally and $142.8 million globally.

In its fourth frame, Disney’s Cruella grossed an estimated $5.10 million. Cruella held up very nicely this weekend, as the film was down just 24 percent from last weekend. Cruella has grossed $64.74 million through 24 days, which currently ranks the film as the third highest grossing film since the re-opening of domestic theatres (behind only A Quiet Place Part II and Godzilla vs. Kong). Like Peter Rabbit 2Cruella will hope to hold up somewhat better against F9 than most other holdovers next weekend. Cruella also took in an estimated $11.9 million internationally this weekend from 41 markets. That brings the film’s international total to $95.2 million and current global haul to $159.9 million.

On the heels of last weekend’s softer than expected start, the news wasn’t any better for Warner’s In the Heights this weekend. The critically acclaimed musical declined a very sharp 63 percent in its second weekend to land in sixth place with an estimated $4.21 million. Despite terrific critical reviews and strong word mouth among the moviegoers who have seen the film, moviegoers in general just aren’t lining up to see In the Heights in theatres (and that likely includes a lot of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton fans as well). It should be noted that In the Heights had to deal with a number of factors that contributed towards this weekend’s sharp decline, including losing its IMAX screens to Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Wife, last weekend’s Friday gross being padded by including what was essentially a full day of grosses on Thursday and the continuing trend of HBO Max releases experiencing sharp second weekend declines at the theatrical box office. The ten-day take for In the Heights stands at an underwhelming $19.66 million. Internationally, In the Heights grossed just $2.0 million from 31 markets this weekend, with a significant $1.4 million of that figure coming from the United Kingdom. Through Sunday, respective totals for the film stand at $2.1 million internationally and $21.8 million globally.

Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s Spirit Untamed placed in seventh this weekend with an estimated $1.60 million. After last weekend’s very sharp second weekend decline, Spirit Untamed did stabilize this weekend by decreasing a solid 38 percent. The 17-day total for Spirit Untamed stands at a modest $13.82 million. As mentioned, Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business will soon open day-and-date on July 2 and should be a much stronger performer at the box office than Spirit UntamedSpirit Untamed added an estimated $1.0 million internationally this weekend from 12 markets, which brings the film’s international total to $5.4 million and current global take to $19.2 million.

In other box office news, Warner and Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong passed the $100 million domestic milestone after grossing an estimated $250,000 this weekend. Godzilla vs. Kong is just the second film to reach the $100 million domestic mark since the re-opening of theaters (joining A Quiet Place Part II). To date, Godzilla vs. Kong has grossed $100.1 million domestically and $342.4 million internationally for a global haul of $442.5 million. Godzilla vs. Kong will be opening in Germany and Japan in early July.

Internationally, Universal’s F9 grossed an estimated $19.1 million this weekend from 23 markets. F9 opened in a number of new markets this weekend, including Australia, where the film started out with $6.6 million and Indonesia, where the film launched with $3.6 million. Through Sunday, F9 has grossed $292.1 million internationally. In addition to opening domestically this coming Friday, this week will also see F9 open in Brazil on Thursday (June 24) and in Mexico and the United Kingdom on Friday.

Meanwhile, Disney and Pixar’s Luca started out with an estimated $5.0 million this weekend from 11 select international markets where Disney+ isn’t available. Debuts for the film this weekend included $1.9 million in Russia, $1.1 million in South Korea, $0.6 million in Saudi Arabia and $0.5 million in the United Arab Emirates. Next weekend Luca will open in Hong Kong.

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