Space Jam A New Legacy dunks on Black Widow to take box office No. 1 spot in North America

(*1*)Black Widow ceded its No. 1 spot to an unlikely foe in its second week in theaters: The Tune Squad.

LeBron James, Bugs Bunny and the remainder of the celebrities of Warner Bros.’ Space Jam: A New Legacy defied expectations and gained the box office this weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, Space Jam: A New Legacy grossed $31.7 million in North America, whereas Black Widow took in $26.3 million.

Not many anticipated “Space Jam: A New Legacy” to pull off this win. The poorly reviewed movie was pegged for a gap in the $20 million vary. But a large variety of households and millennials who grew up with the unique Space Jam left the home and went to a theater to see it, though it’s at present streaming on HBO Max free for subscribers. Not solely that, audiences additionally gave the movie a promising A- CinemaScore, suggesting phrase of mouth could possibly be robust.

Space Jam: A New Legacy is the most important pandemic opening for Warner Bros., which is critical because the studio in 2021 is releasing all its movies concurrently in theaters and on HBO Max.

It’s additionally the most important home opening for a household movie because the starting of the pandemic. Warner Bros. stated 32% of the viewers was beneath 18, which is bigger than normal. Most of the main household movies which have come out through the pandemic — from The Boss Baby: Family Business to Raya and the Last Dragon — have opened effectively beneath $20 million. But audiences of all ages turned out for the brand new Space Jam.

“It shows that families have waited for a movie that everyone can go to and that’s this movie,” stated Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ head of home distribution. “It’s just a fun movie for the family.”

Black Widow, in the meantime fell 67% in its second weekend, which, though steep, can be pretty regular for superhero movies, which have a tendency to have frontloaded audiences. Internationally, the Scarlett Johansson-led movie picked up one other $29.9 million, bringing its world grosses to $264 million.

Last weekend, Black Widow grew to become the very best grossing movie of the pandemic. Disney additionally shocked many in the trade by revealing its first weekend income from the film’s streaming leases. Rental grosses weren’t supplied this week, nevertheless.

This weekend additionally noticed the launch of Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, a sequel to the high-concept 2019 movie. Sony is projecting that the movie will gross $8.8 million over the weekend, which is definitely higher than the primary movie’s debut and in line with studio expectations.

F9 took fourth place with $7.6 million. The Fast & Furious movie has made $591.2 million globally to date. The fifth and sixth place spots additionally went to Universal movies: The Boss Baby: Family Business with $4.7 million and The Forever Purge, with $4.1 million.

A Quiet Place Part II, which not too long ago grew to become accessible on Paramount+, remains to be doing good numbers into its eighth week in theaters. It added one other $2.3 million, bringing its home whole to $155 million.

The Anthony Bourdain documentary Roadrunner additionally did effectively this weekend, grossing round $1.9 million from 925 theaters, making it the highest grossing specialty debut of the 12 months.

Estimated ticket gross sales for Friday via Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, in accordance to Comscore. Final home figures can be launched Monday.

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