The Oscars couldn’t put a dent in WB’s roll-out of the rebooted Mortal Kombat franchise.
The box office had a great weekend. Not only did Mortal Kombat roar to the top of the earnings list but FUNimation’s latest anime offering put up fiery numbers of its own. Perhaps the big show, the Oscars, reminded people how much they liked going to theaters. Or perhaps having two wide release films in the same weekend proved there is still an appetite for big movies. Either way, the results were impressive.
This Week in Box Office History.
The box office rose 185 percent compared to last weekend, setting a new high water mark for earnings in 2021. The haul of 55 million dollars is not only the largest take for the current year, it is the highest earnings we’ve seen since the pandemic began in March 2020. It was more than one year ago when the box office last broke 50 million dollars.
It was good news all around. The box office was up 450 thousand percent compared to one year ago. We also saw six movies earn more than one million dollars in ticket sales, and we saw two movies above 20 million dollars in sales for the first time this year.
Top Film One Year Ago: True History of the Kelly Gang.
Top Film Ten Years Ago: Fast Five.
Top Film 40 Years Ago: The Hand.
Top Three Films.
While Mortal Kombat did not score a flawless victory with critics, it won the fight for box office dominance. The film grossed 23 million dollars in ticket sales, with a healthy average of over seven thousand dollars per theater. While we don’t yet have sales figures for HBO Max viewership, that’s already a fantastic return on the surprisingly trim budget of 55 million dollars.
Mortal Kombat was not the only fighter putting up an eye-popping score. Demon Slayer the Movie came in hot on MK’s heels with an impressive twenty one million dollars. What’s even more impressive about that feat is that Demon Slayer was showing in half the locations of Mortal Kombat, netting a gigantic per theater average of 13 thousand dollars. For comparison, FUNimation’s other big animated series, Dragon Ball, took in half that amount in the their last theater release, and that film didn’t have a pandemic to battle.
Godzilla Vs. Kong rounded out the top three, making for a great weekend for Warner Brothers, who also saw Tom and Jerry finish in the top ten. Overall, WB has had nine weeks with the number one film in 2021, and has been dominating the top three in 2021.
One limited release film managed to snag a spot on the top ten list. Together Together from Bleecker Street premiered in over 600 theaters and pulled down half a million dollars for its efforts.
The one Oscar nominated film to see a bump in the final weekend of the awards season was a bit of a surprise: The Oscar Nominated Short Films – Live Action collection saw a healthy burst, adding just under 50 percent to their viewership and an expansion into nearly 200 theaters total.
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