The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.
Weekend Estimates Update:
After last weekend’s successful international launch, United Artists Releasing and MGM’s No Time To Die started out its domestic run this weekend with an estimated first place start of $56.007 million. The 25th film in the official James Bond series did come in below pre-release expectations, but was still able to deliver the fifth largest opening weekend performance since the re-opening of domestic theatres. While No Time To Die launched exclusively in theatres in a wide 4,407 locations this weekend (which represented the largest location count since the re-opening of theatres), opening weekend potential for the film was held back somewhat by its 163 minute length and Venom: Let There Be Carnage holding onto a high percentage of its showtimes this weekend, as both of those factors kept No Time To Die from reaching the same opening weekend showtimes per location heights as other event films this year. No Time To Die, which was directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and features Daniel Craig in his last outing as James Bond, registered the fourth largest debut ever for a James Bond film and the fifth largest opening weekend ever for the month of October.
No Time To Die started out with $23.30 million on Friday (including select Wednesday preview shows and Thursday preview shows that began at 4PM), declined a so-so 22 percent on Saturday to take in $18.15 million and with the aid of the upcoming Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples’ Day / Canadian Thanksgiving holidays on Monday, is estimated to decline just 20 percent on Sunday to gross $14.55 million. The audience breakdown for No Time To Die skewed 64 percent male, 36 percent female, a significant 57 percent over the age of 35 and 43 percent under 35. No Time To Die had trouble appealing to younger moviegoers this weekend, but the film clearly appealed to older moviegoers and as part of that, according to United Artists Releasing, an estimated 25 percent of the film’s audience this weekend was returning to theatres for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. No Time To Die has gone over well with critics and also looks to be going over well with audiences after receiving a healthy A- rating on CinemaScore (though the film’s Saturday hold is also a bit concerning going forward). No Time To Die performed especially well on IMAX screens, as this weekend’s estimated domestic IMAX take of $7.3 million represented 13 percent of this weekend’s overall gross. PLF screens of all types (including IMAX) represented 36 percent of this weekend’s gross.
While No Time To Die was unable to break-out domestically this weekend, the film continued to shine internationally with an estimated $89.5 million this weekend from 66 markets. That brings the film’s international total to $257.3 million and current global haul to $313.3 million (and that’s with the film still not having opened in China – where it will open on October 29). Debuts for No Time To Die this weekend included $10.1 million in France and $5.0 million in Russia. Additional international totals for the film (in markets being handled by Universal) include $70.9 million in the United Kingdom, $32.7 million in Germany, $12.2 million in Japan, $8.5 million in the Netherlands, $8.0 million in South Korea, $5.7 million in Italy, $5.7 million in (German-Speaking) Switzerland, $4.9 million in Hong Kong and $4.9 million in Spain. No Time To Die grossed an estimated $5.7 million from international IMAX screens this weekend. To date, respective IMAX totals stand at $15.2 million internationally and $22.5 million globally.
Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage placed in second this weekend with an estimated $32.00 million. That represented a sharp, but expected, 64.5 percent decline from last weekend’s record-breaking performance. Even with the sharp decline, Venom: Let There Be Carnage was still able to claim the second largest second weekend gross since re-opening (behind only the $34.70 million second weekend gross of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings). While word of mouth for Venom: Let There Be Carnage appears to be solid given the film’s B+ CinemaScore rating, the film was likely always going to experience a larger decline than the 56.4 percent 2018’s Venom fell during its second weekend due to being a sequel and due to the new competition from No Time To Die (which Venom: Let There Be Carnage lost its IMAX screens to this weekend). In the bigger picture, Venom: Let There Be Carnage has grossed a healthy $141.67 million through ten days of release, and with an additional estimated $4.83 million on Monday (for an estimated four-day weekend of $36.83 million), the estimated eleven-day total for the film stands at $146.49 million. That already makes Venom: Let There Be Carnage the fifth highest grossing film domestically since re-opening.
Internationally, Venom: Let There Be Carnage grossed an estimated $24.8 million from 13 select markets this weekend. Respective totals for the film through Sunday stand at $43.9 million internationally and $185.6 million globally. This weekend saw Venom: Let There Be Carnage debut with a strong $10.5 million in Mexico, $2.7 million in Brazil and $1.0 million in Argentina. And with a second weekend gross of $4.9 million in Russia, the film has grossed an impressive $23.9 million in Russia to date. This coming week Venom: Let There Be Carnage will debut in South Korea on Wednesday (October 13), In Italy on Thursday (October 14) and in Spain and the United Kingdom on Friday (October 15).
United Artists Releasing and MGM’s The Addams Family 2 was down one spot from last weekend to claim third place with an estimated $10.02 million. The Addams Family held up nicely from last weekend’s debut, as the computer animated sequel declined a solid 42 percent. The Addams Family 2 held up a bit better in its second weekend than its predecessor did back in 2019, as The Addams Family fell 46 percent during its second weekend. The Addams Family 2 was helped out this weekend by solid word of mouth, no new family films entering the marketplace and the continuing pre-Halloween season. This weekend’s hold was even more impressive than it looks given that The Addams Family 2 didn’t hold onto its showtimes this weekend to quite the same degree that most other family films have during their respective second weekends of release throughout 2021 thus far. The ten-day total for The Addams Family 2 stands at $31.14 million. The Addams Family 2 will have a strong chance of holding up even better next weekend, especially with no new family films entering the marketplace once again.
This weekend The Addams Family 2 started out its international run (where the film is being handled by Universal & MGM) with an estimated $4.6 million from 12 select markets being handled by Universal, including debuts of $2.7 million in the United Kingdom and $1.0 million in Spain. In the coming week The Addams Family 2 will open in France on Wednesday and in Russia and Mexico on Thursday.
Disney’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings placed in fourth this weekend with an estimated $4.20 million. After last weekend’s sizable decline, Shang-Chi re-stabilized this weekend by declining just 31 percent. With a 38-day total of $212.46 million, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings continues to pad its status as the highest grossing film domestically since re-opening. This weekend also saw Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings pass the $400 million global mark after taking in an estimated $4.9 million internationally for the frame (from 46 markets). Respective totals for the film stand at $189.1 million internationally and $401.6 million globally.
Meanwhile, after last weekend’s already soft debut, Warner and New Line’s The Many Saints of Newark was down a very sharp 69 percent to land in fifth with an estimated $1.45 million. The ten-day start for The Many Saints of Newark (which is also available via streaming on HBO Max) stands at just $7.41 million. Internationally, The Many Saints of Newark has grossed an estimated $2.9 million to date from 12 select markets (with a significant $2.6 million of the total coming from the United Kingdom), for a current global total of $10.3 million.
Disney and 20th Century’s Free Guy followed in sixth with an estimated $1.30 million. That represented a respectable 43 percent decline from last weekend. The 59-day total for Free Guy stands at $119.68 million, which gives the film an impressive current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 4.22 to 1. The current global total for Free Guy stands at $327 million.
On the platform front, A24’s Lamb debuted with an estimated $1.00 million from 583 locations, for a per-location average of $1,715. That is good enough for a current seventh place tie this weekend with Universal’s Dear Evan Hansen. The four-day weekend estimate for Lamb currently stands at $1.13 million. Lamb was off to a solid start this weekend, especially by specialty market standards since re-opening. The Icelandic-language film directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson and starring Noomi Rapace, Hilmir Snaer Gudnason and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, was helped out this weekend by its strong critical reviews and relatively buzzy trailer. Also of note is that the three-day opening of Lamb was nearly identical to the $0.971 million platform start of NEON’s Pig back in July (from 552 locations).
In international news, Warner and Legendary’s Dune continued its international run with an estimated $8.8 million from 32 markets. That brings the film’s international total to $117.1 million. Estimated totals by market for Dune through Sunday include $24.2 million in France, $19.4 million in Russia, $15.7 million in Germany, $7.9 million in Spain, $7.6 million in Italy, $4.6 million in Taiwan and $4.3 million in the Netherlands. Dune will open in four additional international markets in the coming week (including Japan) and open domestically, day-and-date theatrically and via streaming on HBO Max on October 22.