No Way Home sets its sights on Infinity War to enter the all-time top five



So far, the new year has looked a lot like the past two years, with postponements and cancellations, all of which could signal the start of a new studio approach to release strategies. Theaters and their showcases are still very much present, but as 2021 has shown us, their attendance is mainly reserved for comic book heroes, sequels and all kinds of intellectual property easily sold to under 35s. ahead of us, but this weekend was certainly a story of two diametrically opposed outings.


King of the harvest: Spider-Man: No Path Home Set his sights on the top five national rankings

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To anyone’s surprise, Spider-Man: No Path Home leads the way again, and it also surpasses that of James Cameron Titanic on the all-time chart… again. Last week he exceeded Titanic’s $ 600 million original gross from its record-breaking run through 1997-98. This week, it topped its total with the additional $ 59 million generated from 2D and 3D re-releases. His tally of $ 33 million might just be the 37th best third weekend ever, but adding it to the $ 635 million it had for the weekend, the Marvel movie is. the 6th highest grossing domestic film of all time, with just one more films under $ 700 million (Avengers: Infinity War) to go put it in the top five. With $ 1.53 billion in the bank, Sony’s biggest hit gives the studio its first placement in the global top 10 since James Bond Fall from the sky maintained a brief appearance on the list with $ 1.108 billion in 2012 until Avengers: Age of Ultron pushed it to the summer of 2015. No way home is now up to 8th on the world chart. The next step is $ 1.66 billion to make CGI’s remake of The Lion King.


Rotten returns: The 355 Lacks the mark in its beginnings

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The Half-Empty Side, the first novelty of 2022 – Universal’s spy action The 355 – open to just $ 4.8 million. On the half-full side, it’s always better than Guillermo del Toro’s Searchlight exit Alley of nightmares, which opened against Spider-Man: No Path Home at just $ 2.8 million. Whichever way you pour it, these are the two worst movie debuts to hit 2,000+ theaters since the two October closures of. drink ($ 4.27 million) and Last night in Soho ($ 4.17 million), none of which reached $ 11 million. Omicron surges and poor critical reception (26% on the Tomatometer) made The 355 a “wait for streaming” version, at least as long as Milkshakes with powder, Kate, Where The old guard are still part of the Netflix library.


The Top 10 and beyond: Sing 2 becomes the first animated film about the pandemic to reach $ 100 million

Sing 2

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Universal has a much better claim to the half-full side of things with Sing 2, which became the first animated film during the pandemic to hit $ 100 million in theaters. While now available on various streaming platforms as a premium VOD rental, the sequel has raised an additional $ 11.9 million to become the 14th film of 2021 to hit the $ 100 million mark. Aside from 2020, it’s the lowest $ 100 million in gross revenue the industry has seen since 1995, when just 10 films reached it. Even with this success and Encanto surpassing the $ 90 million mark when no other animated film could even exceed $ 60 million, Disney takes its latest Pixar movie, Turn red, out of its theatrical slot on March 11 and launching directly on Disney + with no bounty, the same strategy used to Soul in December 2020 and Luca in June 2021.

Only two other Top 10 films can even boast of having surpassed $ 35 million. Ghostbusters: the afterlife, which will be one of the 10 highest grossing domestic films of 2021 even though Sing 2 overtakes him, trailed for another week, adding to his total of just over $ 125 million, while Ridley Scott’s Gucci House managed to cross $ 50 million. That makes the latter just the second movie of 2021 that wasn’t a sequel, prequel, MCU title, rehab, animated movie, or something based on a theme park ride to make that much (free guy being the first). It’s also only the fifth R-rated film from last year to reach that marker after Halloween kills, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Candy, and The suicide squad; in contrast, 18 R-rated films did as much in 2019. After nearly two years of the pandemic, a month and a half no longer feels like an eternity waiting for something people want to see.

Beyond that, what is left of the holiday season? Matrix resurrections did less than what The Matrix Reloaded reported when it opened Thursday. Thursday only. West Side Story is Steven Spielberg’s first non-grossing $ 40 million film since 1987 Empire of the Sun. The king’s man only did a quarter of what its predecessor did, Kingsman: the golden circle, produced in 2017. Even a true underdog sports story with a faith-based connection like American Underdog will not have $ 25 million in the fundraising base. that of Paul Thomas Anderson Licorice Pizza exceeded his Inherent vice, although in an environment where people felt safe and comfortable, he could easily have become one of her most successful.


On the vine: Scream Hopes to scare off a bit of nostalgia … and a healthy box office

The killer of Ghostface in Scream (2022)

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Scream opens next week. This is the fifth film in the franchise, but its title is simply Scream, Like the original horror classic from 1996 that started it all, and it features Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, along with a whole new team of victims and suspects. The last movie, Scream 4, grossed just $ 38.1 million in its 2011 run. Eleven years later, will fans of the show treat it like? Matrix resurrections after having unanimously agreed that their last two chapters have disappointed them? Or will Paramount succeed in capturing the first IP Grand Opening of the year, three weeks before the next IP Grand Opening of 2022 with Jackass forever?


Full list of box office results: January 7-9, 2022




93%


Spider-Man: No Path Home
(2021)

  • $ 33 million ($ 668.8 million in total)



70%


Sing 2
(2021)

  • $ 11.95 million ($ 109 million in total)



26%


The 355
(2022)

  • $ 4.8 million ($ 4.8 million in total)



42%


The king’s man
(2021)

  • $ 3.2 million ($ 25.1 million in total)



74%


American Underdog
(2021)

  • $ 2.4 million ($ 18.7 million in total)



64%


Matrix resurrections
(2021)

  • $ 1.86 million ($ 34.3 million in total)



93%


West Side Story
(2021)

  • $ 1.4 million ($ 32.2 million in total)



62%


Ghostbusters: the afterlife
(2021)

  • $ 1.14 million ($ 125.1 million in total)



92%


Licorice Pizza
(2021)

  • $ 1.03 million ($ 8.2 million in total)



63%


Gucci House
(2021)

  • $ 632,348 ($ 50.1 million in total)

Erik Childress can be heard weekly rating the box office on Business First AM with Angela Miles and her Movie Madness Podcast.

[box office figures via Box Office Mojo]


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