Weekend Box Office Report: August 20 – August 22, 2021

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

Weekend Actuals Update:

With actuals, Disney and 20th Century’s Free Guy ended up a bit under its studio estimate with a still impressive first place take of $18.504 million in its second weekend.

Paramount’s PAW Patrol: The Movie finished just ahead of its weekend estimate with a second place start of $13.148 million.

Other weekend actuals for the frame include: Jungle Cruise ($6.346 million), Don’t Breathe 2 ($5.052 million), Respect ($3.761 million), The Suicide Squad ($3.400 million), The Protégé ($2.980 million), The Night House ($2.859 million), Reminiscence ($1.951 million), Old ($1.147 million), Black Widow ($1.114 million), Space Jam: A New Legacy ($501,675), Stillwater ($458,430), Snake Eyes ($309,820) and Escape Room: Tournament of Champions ($300,147).

Weekend Estimates Update:

Disney and 20th Century’s Free Guy exceeded expectations for a second consecutive frame to easily remain in first place this weekend with an estimated $18.79 million. The Shawn Levy directed sci-fi comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer declined just 34 percent from last weekend, which represents a terrific second weekend hold, especially by this summer’s standards. While midweek grosses for Free Guy were healthy, they also weren’t pointing towards a second weekend hold of this magnitude, but Free Guy went on to increase a very strong 101 percent on Friday from Thursday’s performance. In addition to benefiting from good critical reviews and very strong word of mouth (Free Guy received an A rating on CinemaScore), Free Guy also benefited this weekend from being an exclusively theatrical release (day-and-date has clearly taken a large toll on second weekend grosses this summer) and from this weekend’s three new non-family films all coming in below their already low expectations. Free Guy zoomed past the $50 million domestic mark this weekend and is quickly approaching the $60 million mark with a ten-day gross of $58.81 million. Free Guy should continue to hold up well next weekend, especially with only one new wide release, Universal’s Candyman, entering the marketplace.

Free Guy had an even more impressive international hold this weekend by taking in an estimated $17.1 million from 46 markets. In holdover markets from last weekend, Free Guy was down a slim 26 percent this weekend. Respective totals for Free Guy stand at $53.1 million internationally and $111.9 million globally. Estimated international totals for Free Guy through Sunday include $9.8 million in the United Kingdom, $6.1 million in Russia, $2.7 million in France, $2.7 million in Japan, $2.3 million in Saudi Arabia, $2.3 million in Germany, $2.2 million in South Korea, $2.0 million in Australia, $2.0 million in Hong Kong and $1.7 million in Mexico. Free Guy will get an added boost next weekend with the film opening in China this coming Friday (August 27).

Paramount’s PAW Patrol: The Movie debuted in second place with an estimated $13.00 million. The Cal Brunker directed theatrical version of the popular computer animated television series opened in line with pre-release expectations. It should also be noted that expectations for the film where held in check a bit by the film’s location count, which was originally estimated at 2,700, before ultimately ending up at 3,184 (fairly last minute). At the same time, potential for PAW Patrol: The Movie was also held back somewhat by the film opening day-and-date this weekend via streaming on Paramount+. The decision to open PAW Patrol: The Movie day-and-date was made in part to give families the option of watching the film at home in the midst of the current resurgence of COVID-19. Opening PAW Patrol: The Movie day-and-date also led to the film not playing at Regal Cinemas locations this weekend. The opening weekend performance of PAW Patrol: The Movie came in just below the $14.11 million start of Tom & Jerry back in February. While somewhat limited in number, critical reviews for PAW Patrol: The Movie have been good and the film looks to be going over similarly with audiences after receiving a healthy A- rating on CinemaScore. Typically theatrical animated versions of animated television series tend to be front-loaded (especially by family film standards), but PAW Patrol: The Movie could potentially still hold up well in the weeks ahead, thanks in part to there being no new family films currently scheduled to enter the marketplace until United Artists Releasing’s The Addams Family 2 opens day-and-date on October 1.

Internationally, PAW Patrol: The Movie took in an estimated $12.8 million this weekend from 39 markets. That brings the film’s international total to $21.5 million and current global haul to $34.5 million. Estimated international totals for the film through Sunday include $6.1 million in the United Kingdom, $4.9 million in France, $2.6 million in Germany and $1.1 million in the Netherlands. In the coming week PAW Patrol: The Movie will open in additional markets, including Russia on Thursday (August 26) and Spain on Friday.

Disney’s Jungle Cruise took in an estimated $6.23 million to remain in third place. Like Free GuyJungle Cruise also held up very nicely this weekend by declining 32 percent. In addition to the film’s continued strong word of mouth, Jungle Cruise was also helped out this weekend by holding onto its showtimes per location much better than it did either of the previous two weekends and by the mentioned lackluster starts of this weekend’s three new non-family films. Jungle Cruise passed the $90 million domestic mark this weekend and with a 24-day total of $92.54 million will obviously be passing the $100 million domestic mark before long. Internationally (where the film hasn’t been quite as impressive as it has domestically), Jungle Cruise grossed an estimated $4.1 million this weekend from 49 markets. Respective totals for Jungle Cruise stand at $81.2 million internationally and $173.7 million globally.

Sony’s Don’t Breathe 2 was down two spots from last weekend to claim fourth place with an estimated $5.05 million. Don’t Breathe 2 held up fairly well for a horror film in its second weekend, as the film declined 52.5 percent from last weekend’s debut. The ten-day total for Don’t Breathe 2 stands at $19.67 million. Don’t Breathe 2 will have to deal with tougher new direct competition next weekend from Universal’s Candyman. Internationally, Don’t Breathe 2 grossed an estimated $2.1 million this weekend from 26 markets. That brings the film’s international total to $7.5 million and current global take to $27.2 million. This coming week Don’t Breathe 2 will open in France on Wednesday (August 25) and in Australia in Thursday.

United Artists Releasing and MGM’s Respect was down one place from last weekend to round out this weekend’s top five with an estimated $3.81 million. Respect fell a sharp 57 percent from last weekend, which was a bit surprising given the film’s strong A rating on CinemaScore and that Respect is skewing very heavily towards older moviegoers (who typically don’t rush out as fast). The ten-day total for Respect stands at a so-so $15.78 million. Like Don’t Breathe 2Respect will also have to deal with new competition from Candyman next weekend.

Warner’s The Suicide Squad was also down one spot from last weekend to place in sixth with an estimated $3.41 million. While The Suicide Squad did stabilize quite a bit from last weekend’s very sharp 71.5 percent decline, the film was still down a sizable 54.4 percent this weekend. The Suicide Squad is on the verge on the $50 million mark with a lackluster 17-day haul of $49.27 million. The Suicide Squad is continuing to perform stronger internationally, as the film grossed an estimated $8.7 million from 73 markets this weekend. Respective totals for The Suicide Squad stand at $91.5 million internationally and $140.8 million globally.

As for this weekend’s three new non-family films, all three films failed to make an impact at the box office as Lionsgate’s The Protégé debuted in seventh with an estimated $2.94 million, Disney and Searchlight’s The Night House followed closely behind in eighth with an estimated $2.87 million and Warner’s Reminiscence arrived in ninth with a very soft estimated $2.00 million. All three films came in under their already low expectations, with Reminiscence clearly being the most disappointing of the three this weekend given that the film wasn’t inexpensive, was playing in 3,265 locations and shared IMAX screens with Free Guy this weekend. It should also be noted that Reminiscence opened day-and-date this weekend via streaming on HBO Max, whereas The Protégé and The Night House both opened exclusively theatrically this weekend. The Protégé looks to be going over with audiences a bit better than the other two films, as it received a respectable B rating on CinemaScore, in comparison to the C+ rating received by Reminiscence and the C- rating received by The Night House (which has gone over much better with critics than with audiences).

In international news, Universal’s F9 took in an estimated $7.3 million this weekend from 64 markets, including a $3.1 million debut in Italy (including previews). Through Sunday, respective totals for F9 stand at $523.9 million internationally and $696.4 million globally, as the film is on the verge of becoming the first Hollywood film to reach the $700 million global mark since the re-opening of theatres.

This weekend also saw the arrival of Disney and Pixar’s Luca in China, where the film started out with an estimated $5.0 million in the market.

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