Weekend box office at $37M, near the 2022 low before ‘Avatar: The Way Of Water’ sucks all the air

What happens when there are no wide theatrical releases and it’s the holiday season as we emerge from the pandemic? Why, it has the second-lowest box office opening weekend of the year by an estimate $37.2M. We’ll see if Saturday night work is so bad that this weekend becomes the lowest for 2022, surpassing January 28 and 30, when the films all made $34.87 million, per Comscore.

This weekend’s top picture, of course, is Disney/Marvel’s Round 5 Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverAnd the who can make $11 million. Yesterday with its $2.8 million haul, Ryan Coogler’s movie crossed the four-century mark with With My Own Going $401.55 millionadvancing 5% of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness more than 29 days.

also with Twentieth Century Studios / Disney Avatar: Water Road Set to hit all business next weekend with a potential $200m domestic debut, no one wants to waste marketing dollars to play in front of that, especially when going to the movies doesn’t start until after Christmas, when there aren’t any distractions during Vacation and children continue to rest.

A year ago, you’ll remember Disney made the mistake of opening Steven Spielberg West Side Story On the second weekend of December before spider-man: no way home, And Nobody Came, resulting in a box office haul of $10.5 million over 3 days. No studio was willing to risk a wide release this weekend after seeing how it turned out.

However, in pre-pandemic times, family movies that come out before year-end giants did great in the second weekend of December, i.e. jumanji: the next level, which opened to $59 million Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerStarting $177.3 million in December 2019 and 2018 spider man in the spider world, which opened at $35.3 million ahead of Warner Bros./DC Aquaman. The powerful family titles of the recent pre-Covid era have proven their hack. Currently next year, there are no wide releases that major companies have booked for December 1 or December 8. The Christmas movie at the end of the year next year is Warner Bros/DC’s. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

This weekend, on the smaller side: a moderate expansion of Michael Showalter’s directed Focus features Spoiler alertAnd the Based on Michael Ausiello’s volume, he’s looking to crack the top ten 700 thousand dollars After Friday, $230,000 in 783 theaters (+777). PostTrak recorded a good 91% of those who attended, i.e. 58% Men, 45% Between 18-34, 66% Caucasian, 15% Latino & Hispanic, 2% Black, 17% Asian/Other. By the pic’s second weekend, it’s expected to land at $803K.

Pisces, Brendan Fraser, 2022. © A24 / Courtesy Everett Collection

Although noisy is not on the wide side, the A24’s Drama by Brendan Fraser directed by Darren Aronofsky Whale It is heading for the best theater average of 2022, overtaking the studio Everything everywhere at once ($50,000 per theater) with 60 thousand dollarsor $360K Over three days in six theaters in New York and Los Angeles. This provides some hope for prestige dramas with an Oscar taste. Although it’s only 67% on Rotten Tomatoes, Fraser was snubbed for best actor after the fall movie’s festival pic round. Big numbers, we hear, from New York’s Lincoln Square, Angelica and Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn, Burbank and Grove, and Los Angeles’ Century City.

Empire of Light, Olivia Colman, 2022. © Searchlight Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

searchlight The Empire of LightAnd the Directed by Sam Mendes and based on the life of the Oscar-winner’s mother, it was panned by critics with a 47% Rotten score, I don’t put strong numbers I hear. The movie is booked in 110 locations 67 thousand dollars Yesterday for what is configured to be a 177.6 thousand dollars Opening.

Top 5 weekend:

1.) Wakanda forever Dis 3725 (-130) Theatres, Fri $2.8M (-37%) 3 days $11 million (-37%) Total $409.7 million/ week 5

2.) violent night Uni 3723 Theater (+41), Fri $2.4 million (-50%) 3 days $8M (-40%) Total $26.4 million/ week 2

3.) strange world Dis 3560 (-614) Theatres, Fri $787K (-28%) 3 days 3.6 million dollars (-29%) Total $30.4 million / week 3

4.) food menu Sea 2710 (-100) Theaters Friday $825K (-21%) 3 days $2.8M (-18%) Total $29.1 million/ week 4

5.) loyalty Sony Theaters 3,458 (+53) Fri $600K for 3 days $1.9 million (-28%) Total $16.8M/ week 3


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