Let’s start with the homefront headlines, shall we? This past weekend, every film in the Top 5 grossed more than $1 million, a first since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Still, the clear victor was Nobody—a bullet-riddled, R-rated action flick about a mild-mannered suburban dad (Better Call Saul ’s Odenkirk ) who goes on a bender of vigilante payback after his home is robbed.
Created by the mastermind behind the John Wick franchise, Nobody managed a $2,723 per-screen average in 2,460 theaters over its first weekend thanks to upbeat reviews from both critics (80% fresh on RottenTomatoes) and audiences (95% fresh). It also earned an ‘A-‘ grade from CinemaScore. Internationally, the film pocketed another $5 million, bringing its cumulative worldwide haul to $11.7 million. With a reported budget of $16 million, Nobody looks likely to turn a profit before it heads to premium VOD in a few weeks.
In the runner-up spot was last week’s champ, Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon. In its fourth week in theaters, the PG-rated computer-animated adventure added $3.5 million to its domestic total, slipping -31.8% from the previous frame. Despite also being available as a premium VOD rental on the Disney+ streaming platform for a $30 fee, the film earned a $1,582 per-screen average in 2,212 theaters, bringing its domestic box office total to $28.4 million. Overseas, Raya has racked up $54.2 million to date, pushing its current worldwide total to $82.6 million.
In third place was Warner Bros.’ Tom and Jerry, which pulled in $2.5 million in its fifth week of release. The PG-rated ‘toon starring the iconic, squabbling cat-and-mouse team dropped off -34.2% from last weekend and scored a $1,014 per-screen average in 2,464 locations. Its five-week domestic total is now $37.1 million. Abroad, the film has added $48.3 million thus far, bringing its worldwide tally to $85.4 million.
In fourth was Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking, which tacked on $1.2 million in its fourth session. The PG-13-rated, dystopian, sci-fi thriller starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, slid -38.4% from the prior weekend, unspooling in 2,036 theaters, which translated to a $582 per-screen average. The film has snagged $11.5 million at the North American box office so far, with another $5.2 million from foreign markets, putting its worldwide cume at $16.7 million.
Rounding out the Top 5 was Roadside Attractions’ The Courier. The Cold War thriller revolving around the Cuban Missile Crisis and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel Brosnahan added $1 million in its sophomore session. The PG-13-rated film earned a $635 per-screen average in 1,641 theaters. In its first weekend on foreign screens, The Courier added a negligible $500,894, bringing it worldwide total to roughly $4 million.
(As for The Croods: A New Age, perhaps now would be a good time for a moment of silence as the Stone Age family was finally bounced from the Top 5 for the first time in four months…)
As for the rest of the moviegoing world, the big news was the long-awaited arrival of Warner Bros’ kaiju grudge match, Godzilla vs. Kong. The PG-13 monster mash-up (which will hit US theaters and drop on HBO Max on March 31) got an early start overseas, where it roared to an $121.8 million opening in 38 markets ($12.4 million of that total came from IMAX screens).
The biggest market for the clash-of-the-titans tentpole was China, which accounted for $70.3 million of the film’s box-office take. Mexico and Australia finished in second and third with $6.3 million each. Before the event movie has even hit our shores, Godzilla vs. Kong is already performing on par with 2017’s Kong: Skull Island (which wound up making $566.7 million worldwide) and 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters ($386.6 million worldwide). In other words, stay tuned for what could be some monster numbers next weekend….