March 28, 2021
It’s fitting that in a pandemic-challenged domestic weekend box office with limited seating capacity, a movie called Nobody would reign supreme.
Universal Pictures’ vigilante justice drama — starring unlikely action hero Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) — generated a reported $6.7 million across 2,460 screens the weekend of March 26-28. That would be a dud during normal times, but reason to celebrate in a market undermined by weary moviegoers waiting to get vaccinated.
Nobody, which follows the industry trends of Lionsgate’s John Wick with Keanu Reeves and Liam Neeson’s Taken and The Marksman, among others, generated another $5 million in international ticket sales.
That pales in comparison to Warner Bros. Pictures’ Godzilla vs. Kong, the big-budget CG-generated action film opening in the U.S. on March 31. The title generated more than $70 million at the Chinese box office — underscoring the franchise’s long-running appeal in the communist country. Kong: Skull Island sold $71.4 million worth of tickets in China in 2017, while Godzilla: King of the Monsters generated $66.7 million in 2019.
Worldwide, Godzilla vs. Kong has sold more than $121 million worth of tickets.
Meanwhile, a steady bill of pandemic regulars led by Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon and Warner Bros.’ Tom & Jerry drove the domestic box office. Raya, despite being available on Disney+, sold another $3.5 in tickets, bringing its total box office to $28.4 million, while Tom & Jerry, which is streaming on HBO Max, added another $2.5 million, $37.1 million total.
Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking took in another $1.2 million ($11.4 million), followed by The Courier with $1 million ($3.5 million), The Croods: A New Age ($540,000; $56 million) and The Marksman ($375,000; $14.8 million).