Box Office: 'Eternals' Endures Heat, Takes #1 with $71M

The Weekend's Top 3 Box Office Winners: Marvel's "Eternals" - $71M; Denis Villeneuve's "Dune" - $7.6M; "No Time to Die" - $6.2M.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

Box Office - Richard Madden and Gemma Chan in "Eternals."

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection

It wasn't exactly a marvelous weekend at the box office for Disney's "Eternals." Yet, despite tepid reviews and lukewarm audience reception, the Chloé Zhao-directed blockbuster still took the number one spot with $71M, beating conservative expectations. Worldwide, the 26th MCU entry took in $161.7M, making "Eternals" the second-best performing Hollywood title of 2021 after Universal's "F9." The superhero epic also landed the fourth-best domestic opening weekend for any film of the pandemic era.

A $71M opening is still strong, especially in the middle of a pandemic, but there are bigger expectations in the universe of Marvel. By all accounts, the trouble this time around is with the film itself, having earned the lowest Tomatometer score (48% at press-time) and CinemaScore (B) of the franchise. There are concerns about the film's legs, compared with the previous performances of "Shang-Chi" and "Venom: Let There Be Carnage." But on the bright side, for "Eternals," there will be little competition for screens until Thanksgiving.

© Neon / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Neon / Courtesy Everett Collection

Neon's Princess Diana biopic "Spencer" was the only other major new release to crack the top ten. The specialty release took in $2.1M from nearly 1,000 theaters. The film is bolstered by a strong performance from Kristen Stewart as the Princess, a role that will surely land her multiple award nominations.

WB's "Dune," in its third week, dropped to Number 2 with $7.6M, while MGM's "No Time to Die" took Number 3 with $6.1M. After a month in theaters, "No Time to Die" will make its at-home debut on PVOD this week, on Tuesday. Sony's "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" and 20th Century/Disney's family-friendly "Ron's Gone Wrong" rounded out the top five with $4.5M and $3.6M, respectively.

Up ahead, this week, Paramount will launch its family-friendly children's book adaptation, "Clifford the Big Red Dog." The film will debut in theaters and same-day on Paramount+. It could also see an extra jolt from families now that kids ages 5-11 are eligible for the vaccine. Also ahead is Kenneth Branagh's semi-autobiographical opus "Belfast" from Focus Features. The film has already generated positive buzz from its premiere earlier this Fall at the Telluride Film Festival and is a likely contender for Best Picture.

Box Office Top Ten - Nov. 5-7:

  1. "Eternals" (Disney) - $71,000,000 [NEW]
  2. "Dune" (WB) - $7,620,000 / Total: $83,946,162
  3. "No Time to Die" (MGM) - $6,180,899 / Total: $143,152,307
  4. "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" (Sony) - $4,465,000 / Total: $197,007,635
  5. "Ron's Gone Wrong" (20th Century) - $3,600,000 / Total: $17,577,325
  6. "The French Dispatch" (Searchlight) - $2,600,000 / Total: $8,469,072
  7. "Halloween Kills" (Universal) - $2,350,000 / Total: $89,715,075
  8. "Spencer" (Neon) - $2,148,000 [NEW]
  9. "Antlers" (Searchlight) - $2,000,000 / Total: $7,605,908
  10. "Last Night in Soho" (Focus Features) - $1,800,000 / Total: $7,638,635

Box office data comes to us from Box Office Mojo.

Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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