This historically has been a week when we’re reporting on Star Wars movies doing a daily box office average of $20M, but in this distressed Covid environment where 60% of all U.S. and Canadian theaters are closed, we have only to highlight that Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 did an estimated $22.5M in its first week. Eeesh. Now these numbers do not come from Warners — the studio isn’t reporting until Sunday — rather, from box office sources with their ears to the ground.
On New Year’s Eve, Warners trumpeted that the Patty Jenkins DC sequel had clicked past $100M worldwide. WW84 also is available on frosh streaming service HBO Max for the next 24 days before theaters get a second month’s exclusive window of the Gal Gadot film. It’s not clear yet which side of the coin for Warners is faring better here stateside in regards to WW1984 — HBO Max or box office — as the studio has not released any hardcore, numerical data indicating viewership or subscriber count surges.
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Interestingly enough, WW84 is going to own the domestic box office for the next two weeks until Open Road’s Liam Neeson action title The Marksman and United Artists Releasing’s Wrath of Man open Jan. 15 for MLK weekend.
Universal owns three titles in the week’s top 5: DreamWorks Animation sequel The Croods: A New Age, Paul Greengrass’ western News of the World and Focus Features Carey Mulligan thriller Promising Young Woman.
Croods 2 ends its fiftth week with $3.76M in the No. 2 spot and a running total of $32.3M. The DWA sequel, which is heading into its sixth weekend and is also available on PVOD, made $520K on Thursday night, -2% from Wednesday.
News of the World finals its first week with $3.68M in third placer after a $480K New Year’s Eve, +50% from Wednesday. Uni sold foreign to Netflix on the movie to make bank, and the pic has a truncated theatrical window with a PVOD drop later this month.
In fifth with a first week of $1.2M is the Rotten Tomatoes 92%-fresh-certified Promising Young Woman, which grossed $110K yesterday, -12% from Wednesday.
All three wide entries over Christmas —WW84, Promising Young Woman and News of the World — earned B+ CinemaScores. WW84‘s RT score now has fallen to 61% fresh, and News of the World is certified fresh at 86%.
Fourth place is estimated to belong to Sony/Screen Gems genre feature Monster Hunter, which earned an estimated $1.4M per B.O. sources in its second week for a running total of $3.3M.
Sixth place belongs to Lionsgate Deon Taylor thriller Fatale with $1.1M in its second week, $106K for Thursday, -4% and a running total of $2.39M though 14 days.
Roadside Attractions has reported that the first week of Italian feature Pinocchio staring Robert Benigni did $488,8K at 786 locations. Movie made $54,3K yesterday about even with Wednesday’s $54,6K.
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