Marvel's "Eternals" is the box office champ in its second weekend. The superhero ensemble pulled in $27.5M in its second week, crossing $100M domestically. While this was a 61% drop from the previous week, the fall is not a plummet like "Black Widow" (although that film debuted same-day on Disney+ PVOD). As the Marvel movie held the number one spot, it also crossed $100M, a benchmark that only a few films have hit during the pandemic.
Paramount's "Clifford the Big Red Dog," a live-action adaptation of the popular children's book series, was the only major box office contender this weekend. The family film opened on Wednesday and took in $2.3M while also dropping same-day on Paramount+. Despite the same-day streaming offering, the film had a strong theater turn-out, fetching a three-day weekend total of $16.4M and an overall gross of $22M.
On the specialty side of the box office, Focus Features debuted its awards contender "Belfast," a semi-autobiographical drama from Kenneth Branagh. Adult-oriented movies have had a hard road through the pandemic. This is due to the demographic for such films being slow to come back to theaters as they had pre-pandemic. Nevertheless, the historical drama opened to $1.8M, enough to crack the Top Ten at the No. 8 spot.
Holdovers rounded out the remaining Top Ten. The sci-fi epic "Dune," in its fourth week, landed in third with $5.5M. "Dune" is on its way to cross $100M this week. Sony's "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" hit a milestone, becoming the second movie during the pandemic to cross $200M. MGM's "No Time to Die," also hit a major international benchmark. The 25th official James Bond outing became the highest-grossing Hollywood film of the pandemic era at the global box office. "No Time to Die" has nabbed $558.2M in ticket sales, which puts it ahead of Universal's "F9." While this might seem like bad news for Universal, the studio is handling international distribution of the Bond film.
This weekend Sony's "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" will be the picture to call to scare up strong ticket sales. The horror-comedy is the fourth movie in the "Ghostbusters" franchise, and a direct sequel to 1989's "Ghostbusters II." "Afterlife" has strong buzz and solid reviews as it heads into its opening weekend. Also debuting is WB's sports biopic "King Richard," starring Will Smith as Richard Williams, father to tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams. The film could enter the awards conversation with a compelling performance from Smith as the tennis family patriarch. "King Richard" will also debut same-day on HBO Max.
Box Office Top Ten - Nov. 12-14:
- "Eternals" (Disney) - $27,500,000 / Total: $118,765,255
- "Clifford the Big Red Dog" (Paramount) - $16,420,000 / Total: $22,000,775
- "Dune" (WB) - $5,500,000 / Total: $93,126,283
- "No Time to Die" (MGM) - $4,620,862 / Total: $150,476,875
- "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" (Sony) - $4,000,000 / Total: $202,707,190
- "Ron's Gone Wrong" (20th Century) - $2,200,000 / Total: $20,776,296
- "The French Dispatch" (Searchlight) - $1,840,000 / Total: $11,618,679
- "Belfast" (Focus Features) - $1,800,000 [NEW]
- "Spencer" (Neon) - $1,510,000 / Total: $4,689,321
- "Antlers" (Searchlight) - $1,200,000 / Total: $9,636,572
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.