A few award worthy films and an extended weekend with more open theaters gave the box office a bit of a pulse over the extended Valentine's and President's Day Weekend. But, Covid and a swath of winter storms in the North still kept most Americans home, on what is usually a lucrative weekend.
Proving there's a bored and hungry audience for some theatrical family fare, Universal's animated family adventure "The Croods: A New Age" regained the #1 spot with $2.6M. Now in its 12th weekend, after premiering back in Thanksgiving, the kid-friendly sequel -- which is also available on premium home video -- has had very little competition. It's box office dominance will likely continue until the end of the month when Warner Bros. debuts "Tom & Jerry," followed the next week by Disney's "Raya and the Last Dragon" on March 7. Comparatively, at this time last year, Paramount's family hit "Sonic the Hedgehog" debuted to $70M over the course of the 4-day weekend.
Edged out by "Croods" in a tight race, Warner Bros. awards entry "Judas and the Black Messiah," starring Daniel Kaluuya, landed at the #2 slot taking $2.5M over the course of its opening weekend. With the extended deadline for Oscar consideration set at the end of the month, the Fred Hampton biopic was joined by a handful of award hopefuls also making their debut. Robin Wright's directorial debut "Land," which also opened in wide release, bowed with $1.1M, placing it at #6.
WB holdovers "The Little Things" and "Wonder Woman 1984" took in $2.5M and $1.3M to respectively take the #3 and 4 slots. The fact that both titles are still able to pull in roughly $1-2M each weekend while also being readily available on HBO Max or Premium VOD, is impressive enough, proving some viability for this release strategy. Open Road's Liam Neeson thriller "The Marksman" rounded out the Top 5 with $1.3M.
All this comes on the heels of an impressive box office weekend in China that saw "Detective Chinatown 3" take in a $394M haul on its debut. This bests the previous record for a single-market opening, which set by "Avengers: Endgame" in North America. Things in the States are still bleak, but as hunger for new titles grows and more theaters open -- and more of the population gets inoculated -- there is some hope down the road.
Box Office Top Ten: Feb. 12-15
- "The Croods: A New Age" (Universal) - $2,660,000 / lifetime: $48,938,710
- "Judas and the Black Messiah" (Warner Bros) - $2,485,000 [New Release]
- "The Little Things" (Warner Bros) - $2,475,000 / lifetime: $10,700,000
- "Wonder Woman 1984" (Warner Bros) - $1,340,000 / lifetime: $41,887,000
- "The Marksman" (Open Road) - $1,325,000 / lifetime: $10,648,385
- "Land" (Focus Features) - $1,070,000 [New Release]
- "Monster Hunter" (Screen Gems) - $750,000 / lifetime: $12,787,168
- "News of the World" (Universal) - $443,000 / lifetime: $11,415,530
- "The War with Grandpa" (101 Studios) - $215,578 / lifetime: $20,061,548
- "Promising Young Woman" (Focus Features) - $209,000 / lifetime: $4,949,315