It was another tough week at the box office. With major markets still largely closed due to the pandemic, and a deep freeze that ravaged Texas and most of the Northeast, most Americans have other things on their minds than going to their local cinema.
Universal's Thanksgiving release, "The Croods: A New Age," stayed in the #1 spot with a total haul of $1.7M. In a market starved for theatrical family fare, the animated sequel, now in its 13th week, had taken the number one spot last week. "Croods 2" has been enjoying equal success at home on Premium VOD, but Warner Bros. will be providing some competition this week with their simultaneous theatrical and HBO Max release of animated/live action hybrid "Tom & Jerry."
The only major new release this weekend was Searchlight's "Nomadland." Chloe Zhao's modern western drama expanded to more theaters beyond its initial IMAX run, while also debuting on Hulu. The critically acclaimed film has been enjoying plenty of Oscar buzz and positive word of mouth, but the likely Best Picture nominee was only able to take in $503K, placing it at #7.
Warner's own award contender "Judas and the Black Messiah" also took a bit of a stumble in its second week taking in only $905K, landing at #3. The Fred Hampton biopic was edged out by fellow WB crime thriller "The Little Things," which nabbed #2 with $1.2M.
Rounding out the top five was WB's superhero sequel "Wonder Woman 1984," which took the #4 slot with $805K, and Open Road's Liam Neeson thriller "The Marksman" at #5 with $775K.
Overseas Hollywood is finding some hope. China's theatrical market has come back with brute force, and if the United States can get the pandemic under control and enough people inoculated by summertime, there is a chance that the domestic box office can rebound just as strongly. Recent data by the National Research Group shows that people do want to go back to cinemas, when markets open back up and when it's safe.
Box Office Top Ten: Feb. 19-21
- "The Croods: A New Age" (Universal) - $1,700,000 / lifetime: $50,854,205
- "The Little Things" (Warner Bros) - $1,200,000 / lifetime: $11,800,000
- "Judas and the Black Messiah" (Warner Bros) - $905,000 / lifetime: $3,390,000
- "Wonder Woman 1984" (Warner Bros) - $805,000 / lifetime: $42,692,000
- "The Marksman" (Open Road) - $775,000 / lifetime: $11,450,349
- "Monster Hunter" (Screen Gems) - $510,000 / lifetime: $13,407,385
- "Nomadland" (Searchlight) - $503,000 [New Release]
- "Land" (Focus Features) - $500,000 / lifetime: $1,626,205
- "News of the World" (Universal) - $245,000 / lifetime: $11,706,560
- "The War with Grandpa" (101 Studios) - $224,188 / lifetime: $20,329,117