The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.
Weekend Actuals Update:
With actuals, Death on the Nile ended up just ahead of its weekend estimate with a first place debut of $12.891 million.
Meanwhile, Paramount’s Jackass Forever also finished slightly ahead of its studio estimate with a second place take of $8.082 million and Universal’s Marry Me came in just under its weekend estimate to debut in third with $7.950 million.
Other weekend actuals for the frame include: Spider-Man: No Way Home ($7.522 million), Blacklight ($3.502 million), Sing 2 ($3.071 million), Scream ($2.957 million), Moonfall ($2.948 million), Licorice Pizza ($0.960 million), The Beatles: Get Back – The Rooftop Concert ($0.489 million), The King’s Man ($0.426 million), Redeeming Love ($0.355 million) and Belfast ($0.305 million).
Weekend Estimates Update:
Disney and 20th Century’s Death on the Nile debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $12.80 million. The Kenneth Branagh directed follow-up to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations. Death on the Nile opened a significant 55 percent below the $28.68 million start of Murder on the Orient Express, though Death on the Nile wasn’t expected to duplicate the opening weekend success of Murder on the Orient Express. Death on the Nile was able to open 21 percent ahead of the $10.57 million debut of fellow 20th Century film West Side Story this past December. Super Bowl weekend no doubt took a toll on the marketplace in general this weekend, especially since Valentine’s Day falling on a Monday would typically be helpful to weekend business at the box office. Death on the Nile is an adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel of the same name and features an ensemble cast led by Branagh, which also includes Tom Bateman, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Emma Mackey, Letitia Wright and Annette Benning.
Death on the Nile started out with $5.10 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.10 million from Wednesday and Thursday preview shows), increased 14 percent on Saturday to take in $5.80 million and is estimated to decrease 67 percent on Super Bowl Sunday to gross $1.90 million. The audience breakdown for Death on the Nile skewed 51 percent male, 49 percent female, a significant 77 percent towards moviegoers over 25 and 23 percent towards moviegoers under 25. On the average, critical reviews for Death on the Nile have been good, but not great. Death on the Nile looks to be going over similarly with audiences, as the film received a respectable B rating on CinemaScore (which was the same CinemaScore rating received by Murder on the Orient Express). Death on the Nile (and the marketplace in general) will get a boost each of the next two Mondays; tomorrow from Valentine’s Day and the following Monday from Presidents’ Day.
Internationally, Death on the Nile grossed an estimated $20.7 million this weekend from 47 markets. That places the film’s global launch at $33.5 million. International debuts for Death on the Nile this weekend included $2.5 million in Russia, $2.4 million in the United Kingdom, $2.1 million in Italy, $2.1 million in France, $1.4 million in Germany, $1.3 million in Australia and $1.2 million in South Korea. Death on the Nile will open in additional international markets next weekend, including China and Spain. Death on the Nile grossed an estimated $1.6 million from global IMAX screens this weekend ($1.2 million domestically and $0.4 million from select international markets).
It’s a very close race for second place this weekend between Paramount’s Jackass Forever (in its second weekend) and Universal’s Marry Me (in its first weekend). Based on estimates Jackass Forever currently has a lead of $50,000, but obviously with a lead that small the race for second place could still go either way when actuals are released on Monday.
Paramount’s Jackass Forever grossed an estimated $8.05 million in its second weekend. That was down a very sharp 65 percent from last weekend’s debut. Despite good critical reviews and apparent good word of mouth (Jackass Forever received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore); Jackass Forever experienced the largest second weekend percentage decline ever for a Jackass film. Super Bowl weekend no doubt took a toll on holdovers in general, as did three new wide releases entering the marketplace (which hurts showtimes per-location holds, regardless of the strength on the new releases in question). This weekend’s hold also suggests that theatrical interest in Jackass Forever is significantly lower with more casual fans of the series than it is with more dedicated fans of the Jackass series. Even with this weekend’s decline, Jackass Forever has still grossed $37.42 million in ten days, which is solid, especially with the film’s low production budget in mind.
Universal’s Marry Me debuted with an estimated $8.00 million. The Kat Coiro directed romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson and Maluma opened towards the lower end of its modest pre-release expectations. Marry Me opened 23 percent ahead of the $6.49 million debut of Lopez’s last romantic comedy, 2018’s Second Act, though given that Second Act was a pre-Christmas December release, Marry Me is likely to be significantly more front-loaded towards opening weekend than Second Act was. Marry Me opened day-and-date this weekend (theatrically and via streaming on Peacock) and was off to a respectable start with its modest production budget in mind.
Marry Me started out with $2.99 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.525 million from Thursday preview shows that began at 5PM), increased 20 percent on Saturday to take in $3.58 million and is estimated to decline 60 percent on Sunday to gross $1.43 million. As a romantic comedy, Marry Me is likely to perform well on Valentine’s Day Monday. The audience breakdown for Marry Me skewed 67 percent female, 33 percent male, 72 percent over 25 and 28 percent under 25. Critical reviews for Marry Me have been mixed, but more so positive than negative on the average. The film looks to be going over a bit better with audiences than it has with critics, as Marry Me received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore. Internationally, Marry Me debuted with an estimated $8.5 million this weekend from 65 markets. That places the film’s global launch at $16.5 million. International openings for the Marry Me this weekend by market included $0.92 million in the United Kingdom, $0.89 million in Australia, $0.66 million in Russia, $0.63 million in Mexico and $0.63 million in Germany. Marry Me will open in Spain this coming Friday (February 18).
Even with competition from Super Bowl LVI and three new wide releases, Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home continued to display spectacular holding power this weekend. Spider-Man: No Way Home was down one spot and just 25 percent from last weekend to place in fourth with an estimated $7.15 million. With a massive 59-day gross of $759.00 million, Spider-Man: No Way Home is now on the brink of surpassing the $760.51 million lifetime domestic gross of 2009’s Avatar to move into third place on the all-time unadjusted domestic list. This weekend also saw Spider-Man: No Way Home surpass the $1.8 billion global mark. Spider-Man: No Way Home grossed an estimated $11.0 million internationally this weekend from 63 markets, which brings the film’s international total to $1.045 billion and current global haul to $1.804 billion. Total grosses for Spider-Man: No Way Home through Sunday by market include $124.0 million in the United Kingdom, $75.6 million in Mexico, $63.0 million in France, $62.8 million in South Korea, $57.0 million in Australia, $55.4 million in Brazil, $48.1 million in Germany, $46.6 million in Russia, $36.6 million in India, $33.3 million in Japan and $30.8 million in Spain.
Meanwhile, Briarcliff’s Blacklight rounded out the weekend’s top five with an estimated debut of $3.60 million. The Mark Williams directed action thriller starring Liam Neeson opened in line with its modest pre-release expectations. Blacklight represents the third Neeson-led film from Briarcliff since re-opening and ended up opening just ahead of the $3.10 million start of The Marksman in January of 2021 and essentially on par with the $3.61 million grossed by Honest Thief during its first weekend of wide release back in October of 2020. Blacklight did have the advantage of opening wider than Honest Thief (2,425 locations) and especially The Marksman (1,975 locations).
Estimated grosses for other holdovers in the marketplace this weekend include $2.95 million for Universal’s Sing 2 (currently placing the film in sixth), $2.85 million for Lionsgate’s Moonfall (currently placing the film in seventh) and $2.84 million for Paramount’s Scream (currently placing the film in eighth). With respective declines of 30 percent and 40 percent, Sing 2 and Scream both had solid holds this weekend, but the expensive Moonfall fell a troubling 71 percent from its already modest opening weekend performance. Respective total grosses stand at $143.39 million for Sing 2 through 54 days, at $73.18 million for Scream through 31 days and at just $15.15 million for Moonfall through 10 days. This weekend also saw Sing 2 surpass the $300 million global mark. Sing 2 grossed an estimated $11.0 million internationally from 65 markets this weekend, which brings the film’s international total to $167.0 million and current global haul to $310.4 million.
In other international box office news, Sony’s Uncharted was off to an estimated $21.5 million international start from 15 select international markets. International debuts for Uncharted this weekend included $6.4 million in the United Kingdom, $4.5 million in Russia, $3.5 million in Spain, $1.3 million in Ukraine, $1.3 million in Saudi Arabia and $1.2 million in the U.A.E. Uncharted grossed an estimated $1.8 million from international IMAX screens, which represented 8.4 percent of this weekend’s overall international gross. In addition to opening domestically next weekend, Uncharted will also open in a number of additional international markets, including Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico and South Korea.