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‘Demon Slayer’ Gets Its Revenge, Stealing The Top Spot From ‘Mortal Kombat’ In A Tight Race For No. 1 At The Box Office

At the end of the day, box-office success isn’t measured solely by opening-weekend numbers. Sometimes it’s a marathon, not a sprint. As proof, you need look no further than the newly reversed fortunes of Mortal Kombat and Demon Slayer: Mugen Train.

The Strong One-Two Punch Of ‘Mortal Kombat’ And ‘Demon Slayer’ KOs The Competition In Busy Weekend At Domestic Box Office

Just a month after Godzilla vs. Kong kicked off a much-needed rebound at the box office, two brawny newcomers KO’d the competition with a ferocious one-two punch, easily taking the top two spots in North America this weekend. The double-barreled debuts resulted in the biggest overall theatrical session since the coronavirus pandemic began a little more than a year ago and are just the latest sign that audiences might finally be ready to return to multiplexes after a year of streaming movies at home.

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Three-Peats At No. 1, Roaring Past $80 Million At The Domestic Box Office And $300 Million Overseas

With little in the way of supersized cinematic foes to battle at the box office, Warner Bros.’ big-budget clash of the titans, Godzilla vs. Kong, kept stomping the competition this weekend, three-peating as the No. 1 film in North America, adding another $7.7 million to its already-impressive haul in its third frame.

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Keeps Roaring At No. 1 With $13.4 Million In Second Weekend; Passes $350 Million Mark At Global Box Office

While it didn’t roar quite as loudly as it did in its debut weekend, Warner Bros.’ big-budget clash of the titans, Godzilla vs. Kong, continued to rule the box office in its sophomore frame, adding $13.4 million at the domestic box office. And thanks to its monster-sized overseas haul, the titanic tentpole also managed to stomp past Christopher Nolan’sTenet to become the new top-grossing film of the pandemic era.

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Smashes Pandemic Record With $48.5 Million Five-Day Domestic Opening; Continues To Roar Overseas

After a long year of gloom and doom at the box office, the Easter holiday weekend finally offered a giant ray of hope for movie theaters thanks to two of cinema’s most iconic characters. Godzilla vs. Kong, Warner Bros.’ big-budget kaiju grudge match, smashed pandemic-era records left and right in North America: The PG-13 extravaganza opened in the largest number of theaters since the COVID-19 outbreak (3,064); it had the largest opening day during that period ($9.6 million on Wednesday); it had the highest single-day gross ($12.5 million on Saturday); and it had the biggest three-day and five-day opening weekends ($32.2 million and $48.5 million respectively). In other words, it was just the kind of monster weekend that Hollywood’s been waiting for.

Bob Odenkirk’s Action Flick ‘Nobody’ Debuts Atop Domestic Box Office With $6.7 Million As ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Roars Overseas With A $122 Million Bow

There was plenty of good news at both home and abroad this weekend as two splashy newcomers scored impressive debuts, providing a ray of hope to the hit-starved studios just in time for the upcoming summer blockbuster season. On the domestic front, Universal’s rookie shoot-em-up Nobody, starring unlikely action hero Bob Odenkirk, came blasting out of the gate with a $6.7 million opening. Meanwhile, overseas, Warner Bros.’ big-budget clash of the titans, Godzilla vs. Kong, roared with a monster-sized $121.8 million bow.

‘Raya And The Last Dragon’ Three-peats At The Box Office With $5.2 Million In Its Third Weekend As Los Angeles Theater Re-openings Goose Ticket Sales

The old saying that the rising tide lifts all boats was certainly true this weekend as the re-opening of Los Angeles’ movie houses goosed ticket sales across the board, sparking hopes that a theatrical rebound may finally be on the horizon.

‘Raya And The Last Dragon’ Repeats At No. 1 With $5.5 Million As Los Angeles Theaters Get Green Light To Re-Open; ‘Avatar’ Retakes All-Time Box-Office Champ Title

It was a very good weekend for the Mouse House. On the domestic front, Disney’s computer-animated adventure Raya and the Last Dragon repeated as the No. 1 movie in North America for the second straight week, pulling in $5.5 million in its sophomore frame. Meanwhile, overseas, the studio re-released a film from the other major it acquired, 20th Century Fox, and its 2009 mega-blockbuster, Avatar. That lured enough ticket buyers in China to help push it past Avengers: Endgame and reclaim its crown as the highest-grossing movie of all time.

Disney’s ‘Raya And The Last Dragon’ Debuts At No. 1 With $8.6 Million In North America As New York City Theaters Finally Re-Open

If there’s one thing that the past year’s pandemic has taught the movie business, it’s that kid-friendly titles have become the new industry heavyweights. Hard on the heels of box-office perennial, The Croods: A New Age, and last weekend’s newly-crowned champ, Tom and Jerry, a new animated film once again claimed the top spot—Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon—which debuted at No. 1 in North American theaters this weekend with $8.6 million.

‘Tom and Jerry’ Animate A Sleepy Winter Box Office With $13.7 Million Bow, The Second-Highest Opening Of The Pandemic Era

And a warring cat and mouse shall lead them…. Just when it was beginning to look as if the sleepy winter box office couldn’t get drearier, along came Warner Bros.’ Tom and Jerry to give North American movie theaters a shot in the arm—and a conk on the head or two.

‘The Croods: A New Age’ Holds Top Spot With $1.7 Million In Its Third Month In Theaters; Oscar Hopeful ‘Nomadland’ Bows At No. 7 With $503,000

Despite being available on premium VOD since the week before Christmas, The Croods: A New Age just keeps going…and going…and going at the box office. The unstoppable sequel from Universal and DreamWorks remained the top movie in North America this weekend, pulling in $1.7 million in its thirteenth week in theaters and simultaneously beating out a handful of more recent Oscar hopefuls that are struggling to turn their awards-season buzz into robust ticket sales.

‘The Croods: A New Age’ Returns To The Top Spot In Its Twelfth Week Of Release With $2 Million Over Slow Presidents' Day Weekend

It feels like they’ve been hanging around in the Top 5 at the box office since, well, the Stone Age. And now, over a slow Presidents' Day weekend, the persistence of those prehistoric protagonists has finally paid off as The Croods: A New Age returned to the top spot in its twelfth week in theaters, edging out Warner Bros.’ critically acclaimed newcomer, Judas and the Black Messiah.

Denzel Washington’s Crime Thriller ‘The Little Things’ Repeats At No. 1 Over Slow Super Bowl Weekend With $2.1 Million

With the blockbuster match-up of Tom Brady versus Patrick Mahomes on tap for the Super Bowl, ticket buyers opted to stay at home with their nachos and three-bean dips rather than venture to the multiplex over the weekend. The result was a slow session at the domestic box office, where Denzel Washington ’s The Little Things held onto the top spot in its second week of release, pulling in a soft $2.1 million.

Denzel Washington’s Crime Thriller ‘The Little Things’ Bows At No. 1 With $4.8 Million Despite Same-Day Streaming Debut

It turns out that even in the midst of a global pandemic, there are still some A-list movie stars who can pull die-hard movie fans into theaters. Denzel Washington proved to be one such draw this weekend as his new crime thriller, The Little Things, debuted at No. 1 with a muscular $4.8 million haul despite also being available on the HBO Max streaming service. It marked the biggest R-rated opening since mid-March, right before the COVID pandemic shuttered most of the nation’s movie houses.

Liam Neeson’s ‘The Marksman’ Holds No.1 With $2 Million In Its Second Week; ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Nears $150 Million Globally; And Bond Postponement Leads To More Date-Shuffling

In another sluggish session at the domestic box office, Liam Neeson once again proved to be Mr. Reliable by holding onto the top spot for the second straight weekend with his latest outing, The Marksman. The PG-13-rated border thriller from indie studio Open Road Films put $2 million into its crosshairs, edging out a soft field still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Liam Neeson’s ‘The Marksman’ Unseats ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ At The Domestic Box Office With $3.7 Million Over MLK Jr. Weekend

Moviegoers didn’t have much time to miss Liam Neeson, whose Honest Thief debuted in the top box-office spot back in October. Because now, just three months later, the AARP action star is back and this time he’s No. 1 with a bullet as his latest thriller, The Marksman, pulled in $3.2 million over the weekend and in total $3.7 million including the MLK Jr. holiday —more than enough to finally unseat Wonder Woman 1984, which had spent three straight weeks as the highest-grossing movie in North America.

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Lassos Top Spot For Third Straight Weekend With Soft $3 Million Haul at The Domestic Box Office

Without much in the way of fresh competition at the box office, Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 lassoed the top spot for the third straight weekend with a soft $3 million haul in North American theaters over the weekend. While it initially appeared as if the DC crime-fighter might be the studio’s savior when she debuted on Christmas Day, three weeks in, her momentum seems to have stalled as moviegoers remain wary about returning to the shrinking number of theaters still open for business.

'Wonder Woman 1984’ Loses Some Serious Steam in its Sophomore Weekend With $5.5 Million at the Domestic Box Office

Hollywood studios and the nation’s exhibitors weren’t the only ones eager to put 2020 in their rear-view mirrors. But any hopes that the first weekend of 2021 would mark an instant rebound were quickly dashed when the receipts for the New Year’s holiday weekend were tallied.

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Sets New COVID-era Record With $16.7 Million Domestic Opening

For months, all eyes have been on Wonder Woman 1984, the most high-profile film still standing for a 2020 theatrical release. Well, the wait finally ended over the Christmas holiday weekend and the DC superhero delivered with a muscular $16.7 million domestic debut, far exceeding industry expectations and setting a new COVID-era record at the box office in the process.

Monster Hunter’ Debuts At No. 1 in North America With $2.2 Million, While ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Underwhelms Overseas

In another slow weekend at the domestic box office, Screen Gems’ Monster Hunter managed to finally unseat The Croods, debuting at No.1 with $2.2 million. It was the first time in nine weeks that a movie from a studio other than Universal sat in the top spot.
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