Friday AM Update: Disney’s Eternals led the Veterans Day box office with a $6.3M take, the highest haul during its weekdays, +47% from Wednesday and sending its first week tally to $91.3M. As we mentioned the Gemma Chan, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Richard Madden, and Salma Hayek ensemble is expected to maintain its lock on first place in its second weekend, earning $25M-$28.5M. Other movies also saw boosts in the top 10 with close to half of all K-12 schools being off for the holiday.
Paramount’s Clifford the Big Red Dog rose 43% yesterday over its opening day Wednesday with $3.28M at 3,407 theaters in 2nd place. The kid pic’s two day total stands at $5.58M. The movie, which is also available on Paramount+ in homes, is still on track for a 5-day of $15M-$17M.
Warner Bros./Legendary’s Dune raises its running cume to $87.6M, after a $1.2M Veterans Day haul, +45% over Wednesday.
UAR/MGM’s No Time to Die made $995K yesterday, +50% over Wednesday, for a running total through five weeks of $145.8M. The final James Bond movie with Daniel Craig was made available on PVOD on Tuesday.
Sony’s Venom Let There Be Carnage grossed an estimated $700K, +86%, for a six-week running domestic total of $198.7M.
Belfast had some previews last night but Focus Features will be rolling those into the pic’s Friday opening day.
Thursday AM Update: Paramount’s Clifford the Big Red Dog, which is taking advantage of the Veterans Day holiday, leashed second place on its opening day Wednesday with $2.3 million, which includes previews at 3,407 theaters.
The Walt Becker-directed feature adaptation of the 58-year-old Scholastic children’s book IP also is available on Paramount+ as some studios practice a hybrid form of distribution with many kids under 12 still unvaccinated for Covid. The movie gets an A CinemaScore out of the gate.
There haven’t been many movies, especially family titles, opening on a Wednesday during the pandemic, so comps are challenged. One of the more notable Wednesday openings during the pandemic was Lionsgate’s R-rated Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, which did $3.9M, but that was boosted by Tuesday night and weekend previews. The movie cleared a five-day cume of $16.7M. Clifford is projected to make $15M-$17M, and family business should be good today given that close to half of the nation’s K-12 schools are off.
Paramount’s previous day-and-date theatrical/Paramount+ title, PAW Patrol: The Movie, saw an opening of $13.1M and a final domestic of $40.1M. Paramount did not have No. 2 circuit in its suite for PAW Patrol, but the studio has the chain this time around for Clifford.
Disney’s Eternals posted a $4.3M Wednesday at 4,090 locations to win the day. The pic’s weekday grosses have posted solid holds to date, with Monday earning $4.2M and Tuesday $5.25M. The running total through six days for the Chloé Zhao-directed MCU feature is $85.1M. Eternals is expected to be down by 60%-65% in Weekend 2 from its $71.3M opening with $25M-$28.5M.
Focus Features has the black-and-white Kenneth Branagh dramedy Belfast in 588 theaters. Previews start tonight at 7 p.m. The hope is that the pic clears $1M this weekend.
The rest of Wednesday’s top five includes Warner Bros/Legendary’s Dune at No. 3 with $830,000, +4% from Tuesday, for a running total of $86.3M at 3,546 theaters.
Fourth is MGM/UAR’s No Time to Die with $662K, even with Tuesday, and a running total of $144.8M at 3,007 theaters.
Fifth belongs to Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage at 2,640 sites, with a $377K Wednesday, +14%, for a running total of $197.9M.
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