‘Eternals’ tops the box for the 2nd weekend

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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” raised $ 27.5 million over the weekend, bringing its total to $ 118.8 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The film, directed by Oscar winner Chloe Zhao and starring Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani and Gemma Chan, has dropped 61% of its 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 though the critics were not impressed (it had 48% on Rotten Tomatoes), the audience was more forgiving, and there was a promising A CinemaScore. And “Clifford” has managed to do that in the face of unsafe film conditions for families.

“There’s been a lot of talk about family audiences and whether they want to go to the movies or not,” said Paul Dergarabedian, Comscore senior media analyst. “I think this is a really solid debut. It shows that there is a demand for family movies on the small screen and on the big screen.”

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 only the second pandemic-era movie to hit 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 its second weekend, “Spencer,” starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, drew $ 1.5 million 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.

Outside of the top 10, the Julia Child documentary “Julia” opened on five screens at $ 20,796.

“These movies are in fewer theaters, but there is a demand for independent film, which is one of the categories that everyone thought was really hurt by the pandemic,” Dergarabedian said. “We are really seeing signs of a much more normalized marketplace.”

Next weekend, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” against the Will Smith Awards will hopefully feature “King Richard.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday in US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. The latest national figures will be released on Monday.

1. “Eternals,” $ 27.5 million.

2. “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” $ 16.4 million.

3. “Dune,” $ 5.5 million.

4. “No Time to Die,” $ 4.6 million.

5. “Venom: Let It Carnage,” $ 4 million.

6. “Ron’s Gone Wrong,” $ 2.2 Million.

7. “The French Shipments,” $ 1.8 million.

8. “Belfast,” $ 1.8 million.

9. “Spencer,” $ 1.5 million.

10. “Antlers,” $ 1.2 Million.