It was another close box office bout this weekend, as WB's "Mortal Kombat" and FUNimation's "Demon Slayer" duked it out for #1. Results won't be known until the final reporting comes in later today, but "Demon Slayer" looks to have the final edge with $6.4M over "Mortal Kombat's" $6.2M.
Despite a close fight that proves there's still enough box office draw for these titles, both "Mortal Kombat" and "Demon Slayer" fell more than 70% from their previous weekend's earnings. This may seem like bad news, but one must consider that these movies both catered to very niche audiences, many of whom probably caught the films on their opening weekends. However, for "Mortal Kombat," it doesn't seem like the simultaneous run on HBO Max is helping. Any fan that wants a repeat viewing -- especially as rumors swirl of a sequel and a fan-favorite character's return -- can easily access it on the streamer, cutting into potential repeat ticket sales.
The fight between "Mortal Kombat" and "Demon Slayer" was also helped by minimal competition at the box office. The only new major release was Open Road's horror/thriller "Separation." Even though the film suffered from bad reviews, it took in $1.8M and placed at No 4. Also new this weekend was the re-release of Universal's cult hit from 2010, "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" for its 10th anniversary. The reissue took in $720K, enough to place it at No. 8 in the Top Ten.
Rounding out the Top Ten were holdovers from previous weeks, including "Godzilla vs. Kong," which came in at No. 3 with $2.7M. "Godzilla vs. Kong" is on pace to be the first release to cross $100M in the U.S. since the start of the pandemic. Hopefully, there will be more box office good news as "Wrath of Man" opens this weekend and the summer season kicks into gear later in the month.
Box Office Top Ten: Apr. 23 – 25
- "Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train" (FUNimation) - $6,421,514 / Overall: $34,140,444
- "Mortal Kombat" (Warner Bros) - $6,235,000 / Overall: $34,087,000
- "Godzilla vs. Kong" (Warner Bros) - $2,740,000 / Overall: $90,300,000
- "Separation" (Open Road) $1,831,000 [NEW]
- "Raya and the Last Dragon" (Walt Disney) - $1,335,000 / Overall: $41,580,947
- "Nobody" (Universal) - $1,260,000 / Overall: $23,367,810
- "The Unholy" (Screen Gems) - $1,065,000 / Overall: $13,130,419
- "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)" (Universal) - $720,000 [NEW / REISSUE]
- "Tom & Jerry" (Warner Bros) - $515,000 / Overall: $44,200,000
- "Together Together" (Bleecker Street) - $313,051 / Overall: $1,018,378
Box office data comes to us from Box Office Mojo.
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