The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.
Weekend Estimates Update:
Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home took in an estimated $33.02 million this weekend to easily lead the domestic box office for a fourth consecutive frame. The blockbuster superhero sequel declined 41 percent from last weekend, which is a very good hold for an event film the weekend after New Year’s weekend (in more recent years, event films have tended to experience declines in the neighborhood of 45 – 55 percent over this same frame). In addition to being helped out by its continued strong word of mouth, Spider-Man: No Way Home was also helped out this weekend by the weekend’s only new wide release being Universal’s The 355 (typically there is a higher profile opener or film expanding into wide release the weekend after New Year’s weekend). The marketplace in general this weekend may have also received an additional boost from the New Year’s holiday not having inflated last weekend’s grosses as much as it normally would. Thanks to the stronger than expected hold this weekend, Spider-Man: No Way Home registered the fifth largest fourth weekend gross of all-time.
With an estimated 24-day total of $668.75 million through Sunday, this weekend saw Spider-Man: No Way Home surpass both 2015’s Jurassic World and 1997’s Titanic to move into sixth place on the all-time unadjusted domestic list. Before much longer, Spider-Man: No Way Home will also be zooming past the $678.82 million final gross of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War to move into fifth place on the list. Spider-Man: No Way Home grossed an estimated $3.1 million from domestic IMAX screens this weekend, which brings the film’s current IMAX total to $57.1 million (representing 8.5 percent of the film’s overall domestic gross). Next weekend will see Spider-Man: No Way Home face much tougher new competition with the release of Paramount’s highly anticipated Scream.
Spider-Man: No Way Home continued to amaze internationally this weekend with an estimated $64.4 million from 63 markets. That brings the film’s international total to $867.5 million and current global haul to $1.536 billion (which represents the eighth highest global gross of all-time). This weekend’s international performance was led by Japan, where the film debuted with an estimated $11.8 million. Additional total grosses for Spider-Man: No Way Home through Sunday by market include $105.8 million in the United Kingdom, $69.7 million in Mexico, $55.8 million in South Korea, $55.2 million in France, $47.5 million in Australia, $46.9 million in Brazil, $41.4 million in Russia, $36.7 million in Germany, $35.3 million in India, $25.7 million in Spain, $24.9 million in Italy and $24.6 million in Indonesia. Spider-Man: No Way Home grossed an estimated $3.9 million from international IMAX screens this weekend, which brings the film’s international IMAX total to $37.3 million and the film’s global IMAX total to $94.4 million.
Universal’s Sing 2 also held up nicely this weekend, as the computer animated sequel placed in second with an estimated $11.95 million. Like Spider-Man: No Way Home, Sing 2 declined 41 percent from last weekend. In comparison, 2016’s Sing fell 52 percent during its third weekend of release (which fell in early January of 2017), though it should be noted that grosses at that point were significantly higher for Sing than they are for Sing 2. Making this weekend’s hold for Sing 2 even more impressive is that the film is now available via streaming as a PVOD title. This weekend saw Sing 2 surpass the $100 million domestic mark; making it the first animated film to reach the milestone since the re-opening of theatres. With a 19-day gross of $109.01 million, Sing 2 already has a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 4.88 to 1. And with continued strong word of mouth and no new animated films scheduled to enter the marketplace anytime soon (especially with Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red now debuting via streaming on Disney+ as opposed to theatrically), Sing 2 is likely to continue to display strong holding power for some time.
Internationally, Sing 2 grossed an estimated $17.1 million from 54 markets this weekend. That brings the film’s international total to $81.8 million and current global haul to $190.8 million. International debuts for Sing 2 this weekend included $2.2 million in South Korea and $1.4 million in Brazil. Additional estimated totals by market for Sing 2 through Sunday include $14.7 million in France, $9.99 million in Russia, $9.7 million in Mexico, $8.3 million in Australia, $5.99 million in Spain, $2.4 million in Sweden, $2.3 million in Italy, $2.3 million in Belgium and $2.1 million in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, fellow Universal release The 355 debuted in third with an estimated $4.80 million. That was on par with the modest pre-release expectations for the action thriller. The 355 was directed by Simon Kinberg and features an ensemble cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Bingbing Fan, Diane Kruger, and Lupita Nyong’o. The 355 had been scheduled to be released in January of 2021, but was pushed back a year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the delay looks to have further diminished what was already limited demand for the film to begin with. The audience breakdown for The 355 skewed 56 percent female, 44 percent male, 73 percent over 25 and 27 percent under 25. Critical reviews for The 355 have been largely negative, but on a positive note, the film looks to be going over much better with audiences after receiving a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore. That could help The 355 going forward, as could the fact that there are currently only three other wide releases scheduled for the rest of January (which will help The 355 hold onto showtimes and locations throughout the rest of the month). Internationally, The 355 started out with an estimated $0.49 million in the United Kingdom (the film’s only international market this weekend).
Disney and 20th Century’s The King’s Man continued to hold up very well with an estimated fourth place take of $3.27 million. That represented a decline of just 28 percent from last weekend, as the film continues to benefit from good word of mouth and from holding onto most of its showtimes. However, in the bigger picture, the 19-day total for The King’s Man stands at a modest $25.09 million. The King’s Man continued to perform stronger internationally this weekend with an estimated $13.4 million from 43 markets. Through Sunday, respective totals for The King’s Man stand at $49.2 million internationally and $74.3 million globally. Next weekend The King’s Man will open in a handful of additional international markets, including India, the Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine.
Estimated weekend grosses for other major holdovers this weekend include $2.41 million for Lionsgate and Kingdom Story’s American Underdog (down 38 percent from last weekend), $1.86 million for Warner’s The Matrix Resurrections (a sharp 51 percent decline), $1.41 million for Disney and 20th Century’s West Side Story (a decrease of 35 percent), $1.14 million for Sony’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife (down only 23 percent) and $1.03 million for United Artists Releasing and MGM’s Licorice Pizza (a slim 21 percent decline). Respective total grosses stand at $125.06 million for Ghostbusters: Afterlife (through 52 days), at a disappointing $34.32 million for The Matrix Resurrections (through 19 days), at $32.15 million for West Side Story (through 31 days), at $18.74 million for American Underdog (through 16 days) and at $8.20 million for Licorice Pizza (through 45 days).