The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.
Weekend Estimates Update:
Disney’s Eternals took in an estimated $27.50 million this weekend to lead the domestic box office for a second consecutive frame. While that represented a very sharp 61 percent decline from last weekend, the decline was widely expected and reasonable for a Marvel Cinematic Universe film in its second weekend. This weekend’s hold for Eternals was also very reasonable when factoring in the film’s mixed critical reviews and weaker than usual word of mouth for an MCU film. The film registered the third largest second weekend gross since the re-opening of domestic theatres (behind only Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Venom: Let There Be Carnage). Eternals was helped out this weekend by not facing any new direct competition (only new indirect competition from Clifford the Big Red Dog and Belfast) and by continuing to play on IMAX screens, with the film grossing an estimated $2.3 million from IMAX screens for the frame (for a current domestic IMAX total of $11.7 million). Eternals passed the $100 million domestic mark on Saturday and has grossed an estimated $118.77 million through ten days of release. That already makes Eternals the eighth highest grossing film domestically since re-opening. While Eternals should stabilize some in the coming week, the film will also face new direct competition next weekend from Sony’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which Eternals will be losing its IMAX screens to, and less direct competition from Warner’s King Richard.
Eternals continued to be more impressive internationally this weekend with an estimated $48.0 million from 49 markets. That brings the film’s international total to $162.6 million and current global haul to $281.4 million. This week saw Eternals open wide in Russia on Monday, where the film has grossed $5.4 million to date. This weekend the film also opened with $3.3 million in Indonesia and $1.3 million in the United Arab Emirates. Additional international totals by market for Eternals through Sunday include $22.0 million in South Korea, $14.3 million in the United Kingdom, $11.5 million in France, $10.2 million in Mexico, $7.8 million in Brazil, $7.8 million in Australia, $7.5 million in Italy, $6.8 million in Japan, $6.6 million in Germany, $6.4 million in Taiwan, $5.5 million in Spain and $5.4 million in Hong Kong. Eternals grossed an estimated $3.3 million from international IMAX screens this weekend, which brings the film’s international IMAX total to $10.8 million and current global IMAX gross to $22.5 million.
Paramount’s Clifford the Big Red Dog debuted in second place with an estimated $16.42 million over the three-day weekend. With the addition of the film’s midweek performance, which began with early access screenings on Tuesday, Clifford the Big Red Dog has grossed an estimated $22.00 million through Sunday. That is ahead of consensus expectations, which had tended to range anywhere from $15 million to $20 million for the film through the end of Sunday. Making this weekend’s performance even more impressive was that Clifford the Big Red Dog opened day-and-date this weekend, theatrically and via streaming on Paramount+. The three-day weekend gross of Clifford the Big Red Dog was 25 percent higher than the $13.15 million three-day start of Paramount’s PAW Patrol: The Movie back in August (PAW Patrol: The Movie did have a lower opening weekend location count than Clifford – 3,184 to 3,700, but didn’t have its weekend gross delated from a midweek opening). Clifford the Big Red Dog held up very nicely as its opening frame went on, with the film having a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of just 1.34 to 1 (despite the early access screenings on Tuesday and also being available on Paramount+). That suggests that Clifford the Big Red Dog is going over very well with audiences, as does the film’s strong A rating on CinemaScore. Critical reviews for Clifford the Big Red Dog have been mixed, but the film is clearly looking to be critic proof at the box office thus far. Look for Clifford the Big Red Dog to hold up very well next weekend, before the film begins to face new competition the following week from Disney’s Encanto beginning on Wednesday, November 24.
Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Dune was down one spot from last weekend to take third place with an estimated $5.50 million. After losing its IMAX screens to Eternals last weekend, Dune stabilized very nicely this weekend by declining just 29 percent. After this weekend’s hold, Dune won’t have a problem eventually crossing the $100 million domestic mark, as the film has grossed $93.13 million through 24 days. Internationally, Dune grossed an estimated $6.8 million this weekend from 76 markets. That brings the film’s international total to $258.1 million and current global haul to $351.2 million. International totals by market for Dune through Sunday include $38.0 million in China, $30.7 million in France, $26.0 million in the United Kingdom, $21.4 million in Germany, $21.1 million in Russia, $11.0 million in South Korea, $9.6 million in Spain and $8.6 million in Italy.
United Artists Releasing and MGM’s No Time To Die also held up nicely this weekend to claim fourth place with an estimated $4.62 million. That was down only 23.5 percent from last weekend’s performance. This weekend saw No Time To Die cross the $150 million domestic mark; making it only the sixth film to reach the milestone since the re-opening of theatres. No Time To Die has grossed $150.48 million through 38 days. This weekend also saw No Time to Die surpass the $700 million global mark after grossing an estimated $23.9 million internationally for the frame from 72 markets. Through Sunday, respective totals for No Time To Die stand at $558.2 million internationally and $708.7 million globally. No Time To Die is currently the second highest grossing Hollywood film globally since re-opening (behind only F9) and will soon be surpassing F9 to move into first place on the list. This weekend’s international performance for No Time To Die was driven by an $8.25 million debut in Australia. Additional current international totals by market for No Time To Die include $126.0 million in the United Kingdom, $70.5 million in Germany, $57.9 million in China and $31.9 million in France.
Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage held up extremely well this weekend, as the film declined a slim 10 percent to claim fifth place with an estimated $4.00 million. In the process, Venom: Let There Be Carnage surpassed the $200 million domestic mark this weekend. With an impressive 45-day total of $202.71 million, Venom: Let There Be Carnage remains the second highest grossing film domestically since re-opening (behind only Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which has grossed $224.44 million to date). Internationally, Venom: Let There Be Carnage grossed an estimated $7.7 million this weekend from 55 markets. That brings the film’s international total to $238.8 million and global total to $441.5 million.
Disney and 20th Century’s Ron’s Gone Wrong followed in sixth place with an estimated $2.20 million. Ron’s Gone Wrong declined 38 percent this weekend, which was respectable given the stronger than expected performance by Clifford the Big Red Dog. Ron’s Gone Wrong passed the $20 million domestic mark this weekend and has grossed a modest $20.78 million through 24 days. Internationally, Ron’s Gone Wrong grossed an estimated $2.8 million this weekend from 40 markets. Through Sunday, respective totals for Ron’s Gone Wrong stand at $32.8 million internationally and $53.6 million globally.
Meanwhile, the specialty market continued to show signs of life this weekend, as The French Dispatch, Belfast and Spencer claimed places seventh through ninth. Disney and Searchlight’s The French Dispatch declined 29 percent from last weekend to claim seventh with an estimated $1.84 million (from 1,225 locations, for a per location average of $1,502). The 24-day total for The French Dispatch stands at $11.62 million. Focus’ awards season hopeful Belfast debuted in eighth place with an encouraging and stronger than expected estimated $1.80 million from just 580 locations (for a solid per-location average of $3,103). The Kenneth Branagh directed Belfast has gone over very well with critics and is scheduled to expand to semi-wide release over Thanksgiving weekend. NEON and Topic Studios’ Spencer followed in ninth with an estimated $1.53 million. With the aid of playing in an additional 269 locations this weekend (for a total of 1,265 locations and a per-location average of $1,211), Spencer was down just 27 percent from last weekend’s debut. The ten-day total for Spencer stands at $4.71 million.