The box office showed little relief for exhibitors this weekend with an overall gross of just $8.8M. This comes following a heavy week that saw nearly all first quarter major releases flee for the late summer and fall months, where the hope is that the pandemic will be better under control and most Americans will have been inoculated.
Just like at the start of the pandemic, it was the shift of MGM's latest James Bond adventure "No Time to Die," from April to October, that set off a cascading effect that came as a result of the still-growing viral threat and the slow vaccination rollout.
With no major theatrical release this weekend, Open Road's "The Marksman" retained its #1 position from the previous week, with $2.03M. The Liam Neeson sniper thriller claimed a total of $6.1M in its second week, which is less than the $7.5M that the similarly themed "Honest Thief" nabbed in the same timeframe in October. Of course, "Honest Thief" did benefit from a greater number of screens.
In a narrow race for #2, Universal's animated family adventure "The Croods: A New Age" edged out Warner Bros.' superhero sequel "Wonder Woman 1984." "Croods" took in $1.8M while "WW84" grabbed $1.6M. This will be the last week "WW84" is available on HBO Max, as it moves off the platform for an exclusive run in theaters for the next 30 days, before going through a traditional digital VOD rollout. WB's next day-and-date theatrical and HBO Max release comes this weekend with the Denzel Washington-led crime drama "The Little Things."
Rounding out the top five are Universal's "News of the World" and Screen Gems' "Monster Hunter," which each claimed $810K. Monster action pic "Monster Hunter," starring Milla Jovovich, will be arriving on VOD in a few weeks, but for now it and "The Marksman" are the only releases in the top ten that aren't also out on home video--premium, subscription or otherwise. The full Box Office Top Ten is below.
Box Office Top Ten: Jan. 22 - Jan. 24
- "The Marksman" (Open Road) - $2,030,000 / lifetime: $6,093,794
- "The Croods: A New Age" (Universal) - $1,820,000 / lifetime: $41,835,455
- "Wonder Woman 1984" (Warner Bros) - $1,600,000 / lifetime: $37,700,000
- "News of the World" (Universal) - $810,000 / lifetime: $9,651,865
- "Monster Hunter" (Screen Gems) - $810,000 / lifetime: $10,184,826
- "Fatale" (Lionsgate) - $415,000 / lifetime: $5,273,602
- "Promising Young Woman" (Focus Features) - $400,000 / lifetime: $3,979,465
- "Our Friend" (Gravitas Ventures) - $250,000 [New Release]
- "The War with Grandpa" (101 Studios) - $163,944 / lifetime: $19,469,358
- "Pinocchio" (Roadside Attractions) - $122,660 / lifetime: $1,527,538