May 16, 2021
Lionsgate’s horror thriller Spiral, a new chapter in its successful “Saw” franchise, cut its way to the top of the domestic weekend box office with a projected $8.7 million in revenue across 2,811 screens from May 14 to 16. The movie, starring Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson and Max Minghella as law enforcement officials on the trail of a grisly killer, added an additional $3.3 million internationally.
The weekend gross underscored ongoing sluggishness among domestic movie theaters operating at 65% seating capacity to an unsure consumer during a pandemic. Spiral’s opening weekend paled in comparison to the previous “Saw” movie, 2017’s Jigsaw, which grossed $16.6 million in its opening weekend. The amount was still good enough to drive the franchise near the $1 billion threshold in total box office.
Jason Statham’s Wrath of Man dropped to No. 2, generating $3.7 million in ticket sales; $14.6 overall. When factoring in another $7.1 million in the film’s Chinese debut; $13.5 million internationally, the Guy Ritchie-directed vigilante actioner has generated $56 million in revenue.
Angelina Jolie’s actioner, Those Who Wish Me Dead, debuted No. 3 with $2.8 million across 3,188 screens. The paltry opening was driven by limited marketing and mixed reviews, suggestingmore viewers might be willing to stream the title concurrently on HBO Max.
Other movies playing in the U.S., included former Funimation chart topper Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, with $1.85 million in ticket sales, $42 million total domestically. Rounding out the Top 5 was Disney’s venerable Raya and the Last Dragon, which generated another $1.72 million, $46.1 million since its theatrical debut.