The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.
Weekend Actuals Update:
With actuals, Sony’s Morbius finished just under its weekend estimate with a first place debut of $39.006 million.
Paramount’s The Lost City also came in just below its studio estimate with a second place take of $14.711 million, while Warner’s The Batman finished ahead of its weekend estimate with a third place gross of $11.003 million.
Other weekend actuals for the frame include: Uncharted ($3.666 million), Spider-Man: No Way Home ($1.442 million), Dog ($1.315 million), Everything Everywhere All At Once ($1.079 million), X ($1.027 million), Sing 2 ($0.878 million), The Contractor ($0.561 million), Infinite Storm ($0.295 million) and Death on the Nile ($0.229 million).
Weekend Estimates Update:
Sony’s Morbius debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $39.10 million. The Daniel Espinosa directed comic book adaptation starring Jared Leto opened in line with expectations, which had tended to fall in the mid-thirty millions to low-forty millions range heading into the weekend. Morbius was also off to a respectable start when taking into account the film’s reported $75 million production budget, which is relatively modest for a comic book adaptation. Morbius delivered the third largest opening weekend of 2022 to date and the 16th largest opening weekend ever for the month of April. Morbius, which represents the third installment of Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters (SPUMC) opened well below both 2018’s Venom and last year’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage, though that had been expected due in part to Morbius being a lesser known character than Venom.
While Morbius was off to a solid domestic start this weekend, at the same time the film was quite front-loaded towards opening day, which is a concerning sign going forward. Morbius stated out with an estimated $17.3 million on Friday (which included an estimated $5.7 million from Thursday preview shows that began at 4PM), declined a sizable 24 percent on Saturday to gross $13.2 million and is estimated to decrease 35 percent on Sunday to take in $8.6 million. That gives Morbius an estimated weekend to Friday ratio of just 2.26 to 1. In addition to the film having built-in front-loading to being with, largely poor critical reviews and lackluster early word of mouth (Morbius received a C+ rating on CinemaScore) already look to be having a negative impact on the film’s potential. Furthermore, Morbius will have to deal with fairly direct new competition next weekend from both Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Universal’s Ambulance.
Internationally, Morbius started out with an estimated $44.9 million this weekend from 62 international markets. That places the film’s global launch at $84.0 million. International debuts by market for Morbius this weekend included $4.2 million in the United Kingdom, $3.8 million in Mexico, $3.3 million in France, $2.6 million in South Korea, $2.5 million in Australia, $2.2 million in Spain, $2.0 million in Japan, $1.9 million in Italy, $1.8 million in Brazil and $1.8 million in Germany. Morbius grossed an estimated $5.5 million from global IMAX screens this weekend, with $3.0 million of that total coming from domestic IMAX screens and $2.5 million of that total coming from international IMAX screens.
Paramount’s The Lost City was down one spot from last weekend’s first place debut to place in second with an estimated $14.80 million. While the adventure comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum continued to perform well this weekend; at the same time The Lost City declined a sizable 51 percent from last weekend. The larger than expected second weekend percentage decline was especially surprising given that well received films starring Bullock tend to hold up very well at the box office and that The Lost City was also holding onto a high percentage of its average showtimes per location from last weekend. In the bigger picture, The Lost City has grossed a very solid $54.58 million through ten days. The Lost City will also still have a good chance of stabilizing going forward to hold up better throughout the remainder of April. Internationally, The Lost City grossed an estimated $1.9 million from 17 select international markets this weekend. That brings the film’s early international total to $7.0 million and current global haul to $61.6 million.
Warner’s The Batman fell one place from last weekend to land in third this weekend with an estimated $10.80 million. That represented a 47 percent decline, as The Batman looks to have taken a bit of a hit from the new direct competition it faced from Morbius (which also resulted in The Batman losing the remainder of its IMAX screens). The Batman is on the verge of reaching the $350 million domestic mark with a 31-day gross of $349.00 million (which gives The Batman a very solid current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 2.60 to 1). This weekend also saw The Batman surpass the $700 million global mark. The Batman grossed an estimated $13.4 million internationally this weekend from 76 international markets, which brings respective totals for the film to $361.5 million internationally and $710.5 million globally. The United Kingdom remains the film’s top international market to date with $50.2 million.
Sony’s Uncharted grossed an estimated $3.61 million this weekend to remain in fourth place. After looking to have taken a bit of a hit last weekend from the release of The Lost City, Uncharted re-stabilized this weekend by declining just 28 percent in the face of new competition from Morbius. Uncharted continues to outpace expectations with a 45-day total of $138.91 million. That gives the film a healthy current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.16 to 1. Internationally, Uncharted grossed an estimated $5.2 million this weekend from 55 international markets. Respective totals for Uncharted stand at $234.2 million internationally and $373.1 million globally.
Meanwhile, unofficial weekend estimates place Crunchyroll and Funimation’s Jujutsu Kaisen 0 in fifth with $1.97 million and Sarigama Cinemas’ RRR – Rise Roar Revolt in sixth with $1.60 million. While both films exceeded expectations during their respective opening weekends, both films are also proving to be especially front-loaded, which isn’t a surprise given the niche audiences of both. This weekend Jujutsu Kaisen 0 declined a sharp 57 percent in its third frame, while RRR was down a very sharp 83 percent in its second frame (though it should be reminded that the film’s opening weekend was essentially a four-day opening). Respective estimated total grosses stand at $31.45 million for Jujutsu Kaisen 0 through 17 days and at $12.55 million for RRR – Rise Roar Revolt through 10 days. The performances of both films speak to the increasing demand for alternative content cinema in the domestic marketplace, including anime films and Indian cinema.
As for some of this weekend’s other holdovers, Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home declined a very solid 30 percent to place in seventh with an estimated $1.40 million, United Artists Releasing and MGM’s Dog decreased a solid 38 percent to follow closely in eighth with an estimated $1.32 million and A24’s X was down a sizable 53 percent to take ninth place with $1.02 million. Respective total grosses stand a spectacular $802.70 million for Spider-Man: No Way Home through 108 days, at $60.14 million for Dog through 45 days and at $10.39 million for X through 17 days.
In platform release, A24’s Everything Everywhere All At Once remained strong with an estimated $1.01 million from just 38 locations. That was good enough for tenth place among all films this weekend and gave the critically acclaimed film a per-location average of $26,631 for the frame. The ten-day platform start for Everything Everywhere All At Once stands at a promising $1.76 million. Everything Everywhere All At Once, which was directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (collectively known as Daniels) and stars Michelle Yeoh, is scheduled to expand into nationwide release this coming Friday (April 8).
In international box office news, Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was off to an estimated $25.5 million start from 31 international markets (ahead of its mentioned domestic launch this coming weekend). International debuts by market for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 this weekend included $6.4 million in the United Kingdom, $5.7 million in France, $2.8 million in Australia, $2.2 million in Spain and $2.1 million in Germany.
Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys grossed an estimated $10.5 million internationally this weekend from 41 international markets. This weekend’s international performance was driven by debuts of $3.1 million in the United Kingdom, $1.7 million in Australia and $1.5 million in Italy. The current international total for The Bad Guys stands at $28.8 million. The Bad Guys will open domestically on April 22.