Weekend Box Office Hammered By Nor’easter & No New Wide Releases, But ‘Spidey’ Still Chasing ‘Avatar’ – Sunday Update

Spider-Man: No Way Home To Cross $500M
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Sunday Update:  Despite movie theaters in the Northeast being closed due to Winter Storm Kenan, Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home is coming in above the studio’s estimates yesterday morning with $11M in its seventh weekend. How is that? Essentially, the Jon Watts directed MCU title is seeing 24% of its business from the West with 23% from the Southeast and 15% from South Central outside the snow zone.

Interestingly enough, Spider-Man: No Way Home, despite movie theaters continuing to be shuttered today in the Northeast, is over-indexing in the region at 13.1% versus all other titles at 12.3%. In NYC, big cinemas such as the E-Walk, Lincoln Square and Union Square remain in operation despite Central Park seeing over seven inches of snow.

This puts No Way Home at $735.9M stateside with $24.6M left to go before it beats James Cameron’s AvatarMeanwhile, Spider-Man: No Way Home has crossed a billion overseas putting its global take a $1.74 billion. Industry sources informed us that No Way Home triggers a $610M profit after all ancillaries after hitting $1.75 billion (still the movie is definitely in the black).

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Spider-Man: No Way Home has notched No. 1 for six weekends out of its seven weekend run, putting the movie in a group of such titles achieving that feat as Terms of Endearment (1983), Return of the Jedi (1983), The Fugitive (1993), Rain Man (1988), and Rocky IV (1985). By comparison, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial holds the record for the longest run at No. 1 with 16 weekends. For the millennium, Avatar holds the record for the most weekends at No. 1 at seven weekends. Spider-Man: No Way Home, among Marvel movies, bests Black Panther‘s streak of five weekends at No. 1.

Winter Storm Kenan MEGA

Many of the movie theaters AMC and Regal which closed yesterday will continue to be closed today throughout New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut. The total weekend box office for most movies is looking to come in at an estimated $37.2M, the lowest three days since late September 2020. According to news reports, thousands are without power, with Atlantic City seeing snowfall records of 33.2 inches, Boston clocking 23.6 inches, and Philly seeing 5.8 inches.

In good news, Ontario movie theaters reopen tomorrow at 50% capacity after being closed due to the Omicron surge in that part of Canada. Also, the province is lifting their concession ban which had been in effect for quite some time. Full capacity is expected to occur on Feb. 21. Quebec is reopening movie theaters on Feb. 7 after being closed for two months.

1.) Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony) 3,675 (-30) theaters, Fri $2.75M (-19%)/Sat $5.37M/Sun $2.87M/3-day $11M (-21%)/Total $735.9M/Wk 7

2.) Scream (Par) 3,518 (-148) theaters Fri $2.06M (-45%)/Sat $3.4M/Sun $1.86M/3-day $7.35M (-40%), Total: $62.1M/Wk 3

3.) Sing 2 (Uni/Ill) 3,434  (-147) theaters, Fri $1.03M (-18%)/Sat $2.3M/Sun $1.46M/3-day $4.8M (-17%)/Total: $134.5M/Wk 6

4.) Redeeming Love (Uni) 1,963 (+60) theaters, Fri $560K (-62%)/Sat $790K/Sun $500K/3-day $1.85M (-48%)/Total: $6.5M/Wk 2

5.) The King’s Man (20th/Dis) 2,440 (+125) theaters Fri $463K (-10%)/Sat $830K/Sun $461k/3-day $1.75M (-2%)/Total $34M/Wk 6

6.) The 355 (Uni/FilmNation) 2,513 (-96) theaters, Fri $370K (-20%)/ Sat $660K/Sun $370K/3-day $1.4M (-12%)/Total $13.09M/Wk 4
The 355 is now available on PVOD.

7.) American Underdog (LG) 2,113 (-51) theaters, Fri $354K (-10%)/Sat $630K/Sun $241K/3-day: $1.22M (+4%)/Total: $24.78M/Wk 6

8.) Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony) 1,170 (+109) theatres, Fri $180K (+17%)/Sat $400K/Sun $190K/3-day $770K (+18%)/Total $128.06M/Wk 11

9.) Licorice Pizza (UAR) 772 theaters, Fri $185K (-10%)/Sat $316k/Sun $190K/3-day: $691K (+5%)Total $11.8M/Wk 10

10.)  West Side Story (20th/Dis) 1,335 (+55) theaters, Fri $165K (-15%)/Sat $270K/Sun $179K/3-day $614K (-14%)/Total $36M/Wk 8

11.) Nightmare Alley (Sea) 1,103 (+713) theaters Fri $155k (+142%)/Sat $245K/ Sun $134K/3-day $534K (+134%)/Total: $10.35M/Wk 7

Notables:

Parallel Mothers (SPC) 684 (+573) theaters, 3-day $312,9K (+87%)/Total $1M/Wk 6

Drive My Car
“Drive My Car” Sideshow; Janus Films

Drive My Car (Jan/Side) 114 (+18) theaters, 3-day $103,4K/Total $807K/Wk 10
This is the Golden Globe winning international film’s best weekend date despite theaters in the Northeast closed due to snowstorms.

Game Stop: Rise of the Players (NEON) 267 theaters, Fri $35K/Sat $24K/Sun $20K/3-day $80K/Wk 1

Belfast (Foc) 196 (+133) theaters Fri $30K/ Sat $55K/ Sun $35K/ 3-day $120K (+252%)/Total $7.19M/Wk 12

Sundown (BST) 6 theatres, 3-day $24K/Wk 1

Compartment No. 6 (SPC) 3 theaters, 3-day $9,3K/Total $15,1K/Wk 1

Saturday Update: Industry executives can’t say that nobody went to the movies this weekend, because the majors didn’t really give them a reason to come out.

That’s because there aren’t any new wide releases, as studios became fearful about omicron’s impact, coupled with a historically lackluster domestic box office period.

This weekend, all titles will gross around $34.7M, which is the lowest since Sept. 24-26, 2021. That’s when Shang-Chi was in its 4th weekend, with $13M, and Universal’s Dear Evan Hansen died with a $7.4M opening, amounting to a $38.8M weekend for all titles.

Next weekend, Lionsgate hopes to lure people out with Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall and Paramount with Jackass Forever, both looking at low-to-mid teen digits, that is, before their final week media blitz ensues.

Avatar
Fox

In the meantime, we can gaze at how Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home is intent on beating Avatar‘s 3rd place of all-time domestic box office record ($760.5M). By the end of Sunday, Spidey will be $25.2M away from taking out the James Cameron sci-fi movie, the superhero’s cume to stand at $735.3M. As we told you last weekend, if Spider-Man: No Way Home is going to deep-six the Na’vi, it’s in a box office grossing course that’s similar to Star Wars: Force Awakens. And that’s happening.

Weekend 7 of No Way Home looks to file $11M (-21%), which is a very similar amount of cash as Force Awakens at the same period in time, $11.1M. Sony is saying $10.4M, -26%, right now, but we’ll see where it is by tomorrow AM. Spider-Man’s 43rd day in release made $2.75M, which is 12% ahead of the $2.46M that Force Awakens did on its 43rd day of play. The Jon Watts-directed MCU title is also booked in more theaters than Force Awakens at the same point in time; 3,675 locations to 2,556. Between the last weekend in January and the end of President’s Day weekend, Force Awakens pulled in $20.44M. When all is said and done, I’m sure Sony would love to see this movie beating Avatar. 

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More trumpeting for Sony: Ghostbusters: Afterlife is very close to passing Paul Feig’s all-femme 2016 edition, now at $128M. The movie is looking at a $715K in weekend 11, coming in at the No. 8 spot. Afterlife has roughly $350K left to go before it passes that Kristen Wiig-Kate McKinnon-Melissa McCarthy-Leslie Jones comedy.

Paramount/Spyglass Media’s Scream is eyeing a $6.65M third weekend, down 46%, in second place for a running total of $61.4M. The fifth title is pacing 14% behind Scream 2 and 12% behind Scream 3 at the same point in time, the former which passed $100M. The industry feeling is that this one will definitely fall shortd, despite being a profitable title for the Melrose Lot and Spyglass, and quite possibly short of Scream 3‘s $89M.

All quiet on the arthouse front:

IFC’s Adrien Brody action movie Clean, booked at 256 runs in 86 markets, earned around $60K Friday, for an estimated $175K weekend.

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Neon’s documentary Gamestop: Rise of the Players, playing at 267 locations in 72 markets, saw an estimated $34K Friday, $102K weekend, for a theater average of $382. We hear Lincoln Square did a great $4K yesterday.

Rifkin's Festival
Woody Allen’s ‘Rifkin’s Festival’ opens the fest this year Mediapro

Woody Allen’s Rifkin’s Festival, a release by MPI Media Group, is day-and-date in theaters and PVOD. I would argue it’s not the filmmaker’s lowest grossing movie, that is, if you count A Rainy Day in New York, which didn’t register stateside grosses. The Wallace Shawn movie at 26 theaters in 20 markets did a lowly $6K on Friday, and is projected to see $18K for the weekend, for a theater average of $726.

Bleecker Street’s Sundown, from Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco, is in six venues in NY and LA at IFC Center, Lincoln Square, Alamo Drafthouse, Landmark Pico, AMC Sunset, and Alamo Drafthouse Downtown LA with an estimated 10K Friday, $33K weekend, for a $5,4K theater average.

1.) Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony) 3,675 (-30) theaters, Fri $2.75M (-19%)/3-day $10.4M (-26%)/Total $735.2M/Wk 7

2.) Scream (Par) 3,518 (-148) theaters Fri $2.05M (-45%)/3-day $6.65M (-46%), Total: $61.4M/Wk 3

3.) Sing 2 (Uni/Ill) 3,434  (-147) theaters, Fri $1.02M (-19%)/3-day $4.78M (-17%)/Total: $134.4M/Wk 6

4.) Redeeming Love (Uni) 1,963 (+60) theaters, Fri $560K (-62%)/3-day $1.85M (-48%)/Total: $6.5M/Wk 2

5.) The King’s Man (20th/Dis) 2,440 (+125) theaters Fri $463K (-10%)/3-day $1.6M (-10%)/Total $33.9M/Wk 6

6.) The 355 (Uni/FilmNation) 2,513 (-96) theaters, Fri $370K (-20%)/ 3-day $1.29M (-19%)/Total $13M/Wk 4
The 355 is now available on PVOD.

7.) American Underdog (LG) 2,113 (-51) theaters, Fri $356K (-9%)/3-day: $1.1M (-5%)/Total: $24.7M/Wk 6

8.) Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony) 1,170 (+109) theatres, Fri $180K (+17%)/3-day $715K (+9%)/Total $128M/Wk 11

9.) Licorice Pizza (UAR) 772 theaters, Fri $185K (-10%)/3-day: $601K (-9%)Total $11.7M/Wk 10

10.)  West Side Story (20th/Dis) 1,335 (+55) theaters, Fri $165K (-15%)/3-day $592K (-17%)/Total $36M/Wk 8

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11.) Nightmare Alley (Sea) 1,103 (+713) theaters Fri $155k (+142%), 3-day $524K (+130%)/Total: $10.3M/Wk 7
Guillermo del Toro noir expands its black and white version after an exclusive run in LA and NYC. There’s thre sold out Q+A’s this weekend in the 425 seat Aero theatre in Santa Monica. Three hundred locations are still playing the color version of the Bradley Cooper-Rooney Mara-Cate Blanchett movie.

 

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