‘Space Jam’ dunks on ‘Black Widow’ to take box office No. 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 field workplace 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 tug off this win. The poorly reviewed movie was pegged for a gap within 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 the moment 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 biggest 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 biggest home opening for a household movie because the starting of the pandemic. Warner Bros. mentioned 32% of the viewers was beneath 18, which is bigger than ordinary. Most of the most important household movies which have come out throughout 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 reveals that households have waited for a film that everybody can go to and that’s this film,” mentioned Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ head of home distribution. “It’s only a enjoyable film for the household.”

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

Last weekend, “Black Widow” turned the best grossing movie of the pandemic. Disney additionally shocked many within the business 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 consistent with studio expectations.

“F9” took fourth place with $7.6 million. The “Fast & Furious” movie has made $591.2 million globally up to now. 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 lately turned obtainable on Paramount+, remains to be doing good numbers into its eighth week in theaters. It added one other $2.3 million, bringing its home complete 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.


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