Box Office Wrap Up: Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Can’t Halt Skid.

Box Office Wrap Up: Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard Can't Halt Skid.

We’ve got a new number one, but the box office is still heading in the wrong direction.

The sequel to The Hitman’s Bodyguard had a solid debut, but it couldn’t do enough to prevent the box office from contracting yet again. We’re managing to stay above pandemic levels of ticket sales, but it’s been a steady decline in revenue since the big Memorial Day weekend. Interestingly, this is the first week since March of 2020 that Box Office Mojo has not designated as part of the Covid-19 era. We’ll have to wait and see if the wider movie-going audience agrees that we’re out of the woods.

This Week in Box Office History.

The box office shed another 20% in sales compared to last weekend, the third week in a row that the box office has been going in reverse. It’s not a calamitous fall, but it puts the numbers in the same ballpark of earnings we were seeing back in April of this year, when vaccines were still rolling out and the box office was just starting to come back to life.

This is not the first bump in the rode. After the big April bump we saw, mostly thanks to Warner Brother’s big tent-poles, Mortal Kombat and Godzilla vs. Kong, the box office saw a month-long skid in May before A Quiet Place 2 re-energized ticket sales. Hopefully we won’t see another return to earnings in the teens, especially as we’re poised to get a giant summertime shot in the arm in the form of latest Fast & Furious movie.

Top Film One Year Ago: Jurassic Park (re-release)

He’ll take a large popcorn.

Top Film Ten Years Ago: Cars 2

Top Film 30 Years Ago: Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves

Top Three Films.

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard easily shot into first place, taking down 11 million dollars for the weekend, and 16 million dollars overall. That total is thanks to the film premiering a couple days early. It’s international totals are negligible, as it has only opened in one market outside the US, Mexico. It has a 70 million dollar budget to recoup, which is slightly larger than the estimated budget for the first film.

A Quiet Place 2 dropped back down to second place, adding another 9 million dollars to its cumulative take of 124 million dollars. It has now surpassed Godzilla vs. Kong as the top grossing movie of 2021.

Take that, monkey-fighting-a-lizard movie!

Peter Rabbit 2 – The Runaway actually jumped up a spot to finish in the top three. Of the two films that had lackluster debuts last week, Peter seems to be the one that may have some staying power. It looks to be the only kid friendly film on the market, at least until The Boss Baby 2 lands in early July.

Other Films.

No other new release managed to crack the top ten this weekend. Last week’s other wide release, In the Heights, fell four spots to land in sixth. It added 4 million dollars to a domestic total of just under 20 million dollars. That’s a far cry from its 55 million dollar budget, not to mention all of the marketing that went into the film’s roll-out. It’s only managed to take in 2 million dollars abroad, though it has not aired in most of the major markets yet.

Top Ten Films

*In Millions

  1. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (11.39)
  2. A Quiet Place Part II (9.08)
  3. Peter Rabbit 2 – The Runaway (6.08)
  4. The Conjuring – The Devil Made Me Do It (5.00)
  5. Cruella (4.82)
  6. In the Heights (4.20)
  7. Spirit Untamed (1.55)
  8. 12 Might Orphans (.90)
  9. The House Next Door – Meet the Blacks 2 (.60)
  10. Wrath of Man (.45)

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