With not much new at the box office, Spiral retained its crown in first place.
The weekend numbers were fairly predictable. While there were several new limited release films, the lack of a new wide release film to draw in audiences led to the box office losing ground versus last weekend’s numbers. Warner Brothers tried to fill the breach with a re-release of their updated take on Scooby-Doo, but there didn’t appear to be much appetite in the market for Scooby snacks.
This Week in Box Office History
The box office shrank just under 25% compared to last weekend’s earnings, taking in 20 million dollars in total. We also went backwards when it came to number of films earning over a million dollars; last week we had seven, but this week we only had six to clear the hurdle. The year-to-year comparison continues to be unhelpful as only six films were in theaters at this point in 2020…one of which earned 25 dollars. Not a high bar to hurdle!
Top Film One Year Ago: The Wretched
Top Film Ten Years Ago: The Hangover Part II
Top Film 30 Years Ago: Backdraft
Top Three Films.
Spiral took the top spot in a foregone conclusion. It banked 4.5 million dollars in its second weekend of release, leading to a total take of just under 16 million dollars domestically. The SAW series spin-off still has yet to make a big international splash, taking in just under 7 million dollars internationally.
Wrath of Man continues chugging along in second place, with just under 3 million dollars in domestic earnings. It has grossed a little less than 20 million dollars at home, with an impressive take of 50 million dollars abroad.
Those Who Wish Me Dead gained a bit of ground this weekend after a disappointing opening. It grabbed just under 2 million dollars over the weekend, though it continues to have woes compared to its overall budget of 20 million dollars. It has a domestic total of 5.6 million dollars and an international total of 7.5 million dollars.
The first “new” film to find a spot on the top ten is Scoob!, which nabbed 850 thousand dollars in 8th place. While the film did have an international roll-out in 2020, the pandemic meant that it never saw a US release in theaters. It’s first weekend likely underwhelmed expectations, especially as animated films have had such a strong track record during the pandemic.
The only limited release to snag a spot on the top ten was Dream Horse. It garnered just under 800 thousand dollars in ninth place. It had a strong critical reception, so it may see a wide-release expansion in its future.
Top Ten Films