While the theatrical business saw a bit of a lifeline with some stock market excitement last week, the box office continued to chug along as best it could. Warner Bros.' new throwback crime drama "The Little Things" managed to take in a decent $4.8M with only 2,171 theaters and major markets still largely closed. While this was no blockbuster, it was still enough of a haul for the Denzel Washington-led thriller to take the top spot. It was also enough for the film to break a minor record, being the best opening for an R-rated film since the start of the pandemic. It certainly goes to show that in spite of health concerns, where safe, there is an audience out there hungry for new theatrical releases.
"The Little Things," also debuted on HBO Max this weekend, and while no numbers were disclosed from streaming, Andy Forssell, HBO Max and executive VP and general manager, had shared in interviews that "The Little Things" quickly hit the number one slot on the streaming service. This follows news from Nielsen last week that streams of "Wonder Woman 1984" outpaced Disney's "Soul" during their Christmas debuts. Word is still out, however, as to whether Warner Bros.' theatrical + HBO Max release strategy has truly been lucrative.
Universal's "The Croods: A New Age" stayed at #2 with $1.8M over the weekend, edging out "Wonder Woman 1984" for the slot. The superhero sequel took in $1.3M placing it at #3 in its first weekend running exclusively in theaters. Rounding out the top five, Open Road's "The Marksman" fell from #1 to #4 with $1.2M in its third week, and Screen Gems' "Monster Hunter" continued to stick it out in its seventh week with $740K. The full box office top ten is below.
Box Office: Jan. 29 - Jan. 31
- "The Little Things" (Warner Bros) - $4,800,000 [New Release]
- "The Croods: A New Age" (Universal) - $1,840,000 / lifetime: $43,947,065
- "Wonder Woman 1984" (Warner Bros) - $1,300,000 / lifetime: $39,200,000
- "The Marksman" (Open Road) - $1,250,000 / lifetime: $7,828,467
- "Monster Hunter" (Screen Gems) - $740,000 / lifetime: $11,142,807
- "News of the World" (Universal) - $540,000 / lifetime: $10,356,925
- "Promising Young Woman" (Focus Features) - $260,000 / lifetime: $4,360,870
- "Fatale" (Lionsgate) - $220,000 / lifetime: $5,593,602
- "The War with Grandpa" (101 Studios) - $147,050 / lifetime: $19,642,183
- "Our Friend" (Gravitas Ventures) - $135,000 / lifetime: $428,776