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