Disney and Marvel’s “Eternals” had a steep decline in their second weekend in theaters, but it still hangs in the first place ahead of newcomers like “Clifford the Big Red Dog.”
“Eternals” added $ 27.5 million over the weekend, bringing its home total to $ 118.8 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The film, directed by Oscar winner Chloé Zhao and starring Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani and Gemma Chan, fell 61% of his debut. While not uncommon for a major superhero tent pole, it was significantly steeper than the decline of 52% in the latest Disney and Marvel offering, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
Both have played exclusively in theaters, but the main difference is that “Shang-Chi” simply received better ratings from audiences and critics. “Shang-Chi” is also available to stream on Disney + this weekend. “Eternals” has earned $ 281.4 million worldwide to date.
Second place went to “Clifford the Big Red Dog”, which opened in theaters this week and was also available to stream at home for Paramount + subscribers. It made an estimated $ 16.4 million from 3,700 theaters over the weekend and $ 22 million over its five days of release.
Even if the critics were not impressed (it has 48% on Rotten Tomatoes), the audience was more favorable, which gives it a promising A CinemaScore. And “Clifford” managed to do that in the face of unsafe film conditions for families.
Blockbusters topped the top five with “Dune” in third place with $ 5.5 million, “No Time to Die” in fourth with $ 4.6 million and “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” in fifth place with $ 4 million. Notably, “Venom 2” this weekend became just the second pandemic-era movie to exceed the $ 200 million mark in the box office. The other was “Shang-Chi.”
More and more award hopes are also coming to the specialty box office, and many are making their way into the top 10. This weekend, Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film “Belfast” made $ 1.8 million from 580 screens in his debut . In his second weekend, “Spencer,” with Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, $ 1.5 million drawn from 1,265 screens. And even in his fourth weekend, Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” continues to do well, contributing $ 1.8 million and bringing his total to $ 11.6 million.
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