“Wrath of Man,” a heist thriller starring Jason Statham, topped the box office charts with its debut at $ 8.1 million.
It’s hardly the start of the summer movie season, which typically kicks off the first weekend in May, that many theater owners were hoping to ignite with Marvel’s “Black Widow”. (Disney recently moved the release of its superhero pole with Scarlet Johansson from May 7 to July 9). At the very least, it’s something to keep movie exhibitors afloat until the cinema picks up again with Disney’s “Cruella” and Paramount’s “A Quiet Place Part II” at the end of the month, followed by of “F9”, the musical “In the Heights” and “The Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Wife” in June.
In North America, the box office has rebounded as COVID-19 vaccination rates rise and major cinema markets, such as New York and Los Angeles, ease capacity restrictions in stores. cinemas. This should help theaters sell more tickets and, in turn, give Hollywood the confidence to roll out great movies. In the meantime, the revenue for “Mortal Kombat”, “Godzilla vs Kong” and “Demon Slayer: Mugen Train” has been encouraging. Although its momentum has slowed, “Godzilla vs Kong” broke through $ 92 million in the United States over the weekend and has a chance of becoming the first pandemic-era film to surpass $ 100 million in the US. national box office.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, “Wrath of Man” represents a pandemic anomaly because it has a traditional theatrical release. Unlike Disney’s “Godzilla vs. Kong” or “Raya and the Last Dragon”, the MGM movie is not simultaneously available on any streaming service or digital rental platform. If the public wants to see a vengeful Statham kick ass and take names, the only place to do that is their local theater. Ticket buyers appear to be happy with their purchase; the film has an “A-” CinemaScore from moviegoers. Critics were less impressed (he holds an average of 66% on Rotten Tomatoes), but several reviewers pointed out that the plot aside, the action was fun to watch unfold on the big screen.
Overseas, where Miramax handles distribution, “Wrath of Man” has collected $ 17.6 million to date. The film opens widely in China on Monday.
“Wrath of Man” wasn’t the only new national release. Sony Pictures opened “Here Today,” a comedy starring Tiffany Haddish and Billy Crystal, in 1,200 theaters across North America. It grossed $ 900,000 over the weekend, ranking seventh at the box office. Even by pandemic standards, it’s a dismal start to a major studio release with two household names in Haddish and Crystal. The film, directed by Crystal, follows the unlikely friendship between an aging comedy writer and a promising singer and has received mixed reviews.
There were several titles left that brought in a lot more money than “Here Today”. In its 10th release weekend, ticket sales for Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” were up 25% from the previous weekend. The children’s animated film, which is currently available to rent on Disney Plus for a fee, landed in fifth place and added an additional $ 1.8 million from 2,315 locations. This brings its national total to $ 43.8 million.
After three weeks on the big screen, the anime hit “Demon Slayer” slipped to second place and grossed $ 3 million. It grossed $ 39 million in the United States and over $ 435 million worldwide. Not falling far behind, the adaptation of the video game Warner Bros. “Mortal Kombat” landed in third place with $ 2.3 million. The film, which airs on HBO Max at no additional cost to subscribers, grossed $ 37.8 million in North America and $ 72 million globally.
“Godzilla vs. Kong,” also from Warner Bros., came in fourth with $ 1.9 million. With $ 422 million at the global box office, the monster mashup topped the revenues of its predecessor, the poorly rated and poorly rated mega-budget “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”. This film, released in 2019, paid $ 386 million.
Among independent releases, Oscilloscope’s “Silo” premiered at $ 51,689 across 208 screens, or $ 249 per location. The film also opened this weekend on video-on-demand platforms. Billed as the first film on “Grain Trapping”, “Silo” is set in a small American farming town. Disaster occurs as a teenager finds himself trapped in a train silo and risks being buried alive.