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Box Office: ‘Conjuring’ Universe Tops $2B As ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Crosses $150M And ‘Croods 2’ Passes $200M

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at January 1, 1970

In holdover news for the weekend, M. Night Shyamalan’s Old earned $6.67 million (-60%) in weekend two weekend for a $30.6 million ten-day cume. That’s right between the 65% drop for The Happening (from a $30 million launch in summer 2008) and the 55% drop for The Visit (from a $25 million debut in late 2015). As such, we may see a domestic finish between $38 million and $45 million, an okay but not superlative finish for Shyamalan’s $18 million, self-financed chiller. Yes, it took a Covid-specific hit, but it’s still likely that this star-free “folks go to a beach that makes them age a lifetime in a day” horror flick might have ended up with grosses far closer to The Visit ($65 million domestic) than Split ($137 million domestic). With $48.6 million worldwide, it’ll triple its budget over the next week.

Walt Disney’s Black Widow, which now even Scarlett Johansson seems to think was a box office miss, earned another $6.426 million (-45%) in weekend four for a $167.066 million 24-day total. It’ll end the weekend still $1 million behind F9, but the MCU flick should finally catch up domestically sometime next week to be, by default, the year’s biggest domestic earner. Yes, this is a disappointment by MCU standards. With $343 million worldwide thus far, probably going to be Marvel’s third-lowest-grossing flick save behind Captain America: The First Avenger ($376 million cume in 2011) and The Incredible Hulk ($267 million gross in 2008). There’s, of course, the mother of all Roger Maris asterisks for this title, which is one reason I’m not yet concerned with the overall state of the MCU.

Warner Bros.’ Space Jam: A New Legacy lost 501 theaters in weekend three and earned $4.265 million (-55%) for a $60.74 million domestic and $119 million worldwide total. That’s not good for the $150 million LeBron James/Bugs Bunny sequel. Likewise, Paramount’s Snake Eyes earned $4 million (-70%) in weekend two for a miserable $22.3 million ten-day cume. Both of these films would have been commercial long shots even in non-Covid times. Likewise, even The Suicide Squad (rave reviews aside) was also a coin toss due to the mixed/poor reception of the first film. Blame, if need be next weekend, the five-year gap between installments and the lack of Will Smith as a lead and much-hyped cameos from Jared Leto’s Joker and Ben Affleck’s Batman, all of which helped make Suicide Squad a smash.

F9 sped onto PVOD on Friday following the promised 31-day theatrical window for any Universal flick opening above $50 million. F9 earned $2.65 million (-45%) in weekend six. It now has a $168.5 million domestic and (after a mere -35% overseas drop) $642 million worldwide cume. It remains the year’s third-biggest grosser behind Detective Chinatown 3 ($685 million) and Hi, Mom ($825 million). Sony’s Escape Room: Tournament of Champions earned $2.2 million (-40%) in weekend three for a $20.552 million domestic and $31 million worldwide total (on a $15 million budget). The $82 million-budgeted Boss Baby: Family Business grossed $1.3 million (-55%) in weekend five for a $53.5 million domestic and $70 million worldwide total as the $25 million-budgeted The Forever Purge earned $1.14 million (-52%) for a $42.72 million domestic and $63.5 million global.

Paramount’s A Quiet Place part II will gross $580,000 (-52%) in weekend ten for a $158.75 million domestic cume. It won’t reach the $188 million total of A Quiet Place, but it’ll come a lot closer than most of us were expecting even with a shortened 45-day theatrical window. F9 and A Quiet Place part II are showing that shortened windows don’t yet dramatically affect the domestic cumes. For that matter, Emma Stone’s Cruella will have $85.3 million tomorrow from a $26.5 million Fri-Mon Memorial Day weekend debut despite being concurrently available on Disney+ “Premier Access” and eventually normal PVOD over the last two months. While Disney+ surely cost it money, we weren’t otherwise looking at a $150 million grosser. Roadrunner will have $4.56 million after day 17 while Pig will have $2.643 million after 17 days.

In other milestones and benchmarks, Sony’s Peter Rabbit: The Runaway crossed $150 million worldwide this weekend, earning 3.35x its $45 million budget. It’s way off from the first film’s $350 million global cume, but money is money. Likewise, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It has $195 million worldwide, having officially quintupled its $39 million production budget. Sure, it’s the lowest-grossing film in the Conjuring Universe, but the whole eight-film saga has now topped $2 billion worldwide, the first wholly R-rated franchise to do so. Oh, and because Croods never say die (or something like that), DreamWorks and Universal’s The Croods: A New Age crossed $200 million global this weekend. That means the animated sequel has tripled its $65 million budget without a dime from PVOD revenue.


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