The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.
Weekend Estimates Update:
The domestic box office took another major step along the road to recovery this weekend with the estimated $70.0 million first place debut of Universal’s F9. The latest installment of the Vin Diesel-led The Fast and The Furious franchise easily delivered the largest opening weekend since the re-opening of domestic theatres (as well as the largest domestic opening weekend of any film since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker back in December of 2019). The Justin Lin directed F9 opened an impressive 47 percent higher than the $47.55 million three-day opening of A Quiet Place Part II, which was previously responsible for the post-pandemic opening weekend high water mark. With that said, it should also be noted that in all likelihood, F9 will be significantly more front-loaded towards its opening weekend than A Quiet Place Part II has been. Also of note is that F9 opened 17 percent higher than the $60.04 million pre-pandemic start of Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, back in August of 2019.
In addition to the high level of anticipation for the film to begin with, F9 benefited this weekend from playing in an ultra-wide 4,179 locations, which made it the first film since the re-opening of domestic theatres to open in at least 4,000 locations (Cruella had the previous post-pandemic high mark with an opening weekend location count of 3,892). F9 also looked to be receiving the highest showtimes per-location average of any wide release since re-opening; ahead of previous high-profile films such as A Quiet Place Part II, Tenet and Godzilla vs. Kong. F9 grossed $5.5 million from IMAX screens, which represented 7.9 percent of this weekend’s overall gross and was the largest domestic IMAX opening weekend gross of any film since re-opening. F9 is already the fourth highest grossing film domestically since the re-opening of theatres; behind only A Quiet Place Part II, Godzilla vs. Kong and Cruella, and will zoom past Cruella on Monday to move into third place.
F9 started out with $30.0 million on Friday (which included an estimated $7.1 million from Thursday night preview shows that began at 7PM), decreased 25 percent on Saturday to take in $22.4 million and is estimated to decline 21 percent on Sunday to gross $17.6 million. The audience breakdown for F9 skewed 60 percent male, 40 percent female and was nearly evenly split between those under 25 (49 percent) and those over 25 (51 percent). The film received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore, though it should also be noted that films in The Fast and the Furious franchise typically receive at least an A- rating on CinemaScore (the one other exception being 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, which like F9, also received a B+). With the combination of the Fourth of July frame next weekend and Disney’s highly anticipated Black Widow opening in two weeks on July 9, F9 could have a healthy second weekend hold for a Fast and the Furious film next weekend, before taking a sizable hit when Black Widow arrives in the marketplace.
Internationally, F9 grossed an estimated $38.0 million this weekend from 45 markets. International debuts for the film this weekend included $10.7 million in Mexico, $8.3 million in the United Kingdom and $2.6 million in Brazil. Through Sunday, respective totals for F9 stand at $334.9 million internationally and $404.9 million globally. F9 has grossed $30.0 million thus far from global IMAX screens, which represents 7.4% of the film’s overall global gross. This coming Friday (July 2) F9 will open in Spain. Later in the month the film will open in France on Wednesday, July 14 and in Germany on Thursday, July 15.
Meanwhile, Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II proved to be relatively F9-proof this weekend, as the successful horror sequel was down a very solid 32 percent to hold steady in second place with an estimated $6.20 million. Thanks in part to continued strong holding power (especially for a horror sequel), A Quiet Place Part II has grossed $136.39 million through 31 days. That gives the film a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 2.87 to 1. While A Quiet Place Part II will likely hold up well once again next weekend, the film will have to deal with new direct competition from the release of Universal’s The Forever Purge on Friday. Internationally, A Quiet Place Part II added an estimated $9.6 million this weekend from 48 markets. Respective totals for A Quiet Place Part II through Sunday stand at $112.1 million internationally and $248.5 million globally.
After opening in first place towards the higher end of consensus expectations last weekend, Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard fell two spots and a sharp 57 percent this weekend to land in third with an estimated $4.88 million. And with only $25,000 currently separating Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway for the frame, it’s obviously possible that the two films could still switch places when actuals are released on Monday. While word of mouth for Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard looks to be solid, the film’s extended opening frame last week was no doubt inflated somewhat by moviegoers who wanted to catch the film before F9 hit theatres this weekend. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard has grossed a so-so $25.87 million through twelve days of release (including earlier preview grosses). The film will hope to stabilize next weekend, before likely taking another sizable hit in two weeks, this time from the mentioned Black Widow.
s noted, Sony’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway is in a close race for third place this weekend, with its weekend estimate of $4.85 million currently placing it in fourth for the frame. Peter Rabbit 2 held up very well this weekend, as the film was down a slim 20 percent. In addition to benefiting from continued good word of mouth, Peter Rabbit 2 also benefited this weekend from no new family films entering the marketplace. That won’t be the case next weekend, as Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business will open day-and-date theatrically and via streaming on Peacock (for all subscribers) on July 2. Through Sunday, the 17-day domestic total for Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway stands at $28.86 million (which already gives the film a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 2.86 to 1). Internationally, Peter Rabbit 2 grossed an estimated $6.3 million this weekend from 30 markets. That brings the film’s current international total to $79.0 million and current global haul to $107.8 million. In the coming week Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway will be opening in France on Wednesday (June 30) and in Germany and Italy on Thursday (July 1).
Disney’s Cruella also held up very nicely this weekend by declining just 23 percent to take fifth place with an estimated $3.73 million. The 31-day total for Cruella stands at $71.30 million, which currently ranks as the third highest total domestic gross since re-opening (though as mentioned F9 will surpass Cruella on Monday) and gives the film a very solid current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.32 to 1. Cruella took in an estimated $10.6 million internationally from 42 markets this weekend, including a $2.2 million five-day start in France ($2.4 million when including previews). Respective totals through Sunday for Cruella stand at $112.5 million internationally and $183.8 million globally.
Warner Bros. And New Lineâ€™s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It placed in sixth with an estimated $2.92 million. That was down 42 percent from last weekend, which was a very respectable hold given the added presence of F9 in the marketplace this weekend. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is now on the verge of reaching the $60 million domestic mark with a 24-day take of $59.13 million. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It passed the $100 million international mark after grossing an estimated $6.9 million internationally this weekend from 57 markets. With a current international total of $101.5 million, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It has grossed $160.6 million globally.
Fellow Warner Bros. release In the Heights followed in seventh with an estimated $2.23 million. While In the Heights finally showed some signs of stabilizing, the film was still down 47 percent from last weekend. In the Heights has grossed an underwhelming $24.16 million through 17 days. Internationally, In the Heights grossed an estimated $2.7 million from 33 markets this weekend. The film debuted with $1.3 million in Australia this weekend (including previews). Through Sunday, respective totals for In the Heights stand at $5.9 million internationally and $30.1 million globally.
Universal’s and DreamWorks Animation’s Spirit Untamed claimed eighth with an estimated $1.03 million. Spirit Untamed declined 34 percent this weekend, which was a fairly impressive hold given that the film was playing in 1,194 fewer locations this weekend than last weekend. In the bigger picture, the 24-day total for Spirit Untamed stands at a modest $15.84 million. As mentioned, Universal and DreamWorks Animationâ€™s The Boss Baby: Family Business will open day-and-date this coming Friday and should be a much stronger performer at the box office than Spirit Untamed. Internationally, Spirit Untamed added $1.1 million this weekend from 16 markets, which brings the filmâ€™s international total to $6.9 million and current global take to $22.7 million.
In limited release, IFC Film’s Werewolves Within debuted with an estimated $223,000 from 270 locations, for a per-location average of $826. The Josh Ruben directed horror comedy is an adaptation of the Werewolves Within virtual reality video game from Ubisoft. Critical reviews for Werewolves Within have been very good, especially by video game adaptation standards.
In its second weekend of select international release, Disney and Pixar’s Luca grossed an estimated $4.5 million from 12 markets (where Disney+ isn’t available). That brings the current international total for Luca to $11.6 million. This weekend saw Luca open with $0.8 million in Hong Kong. Additional current international totals by market for Luca include $3.8 million in Russia, $2.0 million in South Korea, $1.3 million in Saudi Arabia and $1.0 million in the United Arab Emirates.