‘Space Jam 2’ Slam Dunks ‘Black Widow’ in Weekend Box Office Upset

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Looney Tunes live-action/animation hybrid sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy, with LeBron James taking over Michael Jordan’s role in the 1996 original, is projected to dethrone Disney/Marvel Studios’ blockbuster Black Widow after just one stint atop the domestic weekend box office.

Industry estimates peg A New Legacy generating from $32 million to $35 million across almost 4,000 screens over the three-day weekend ending July 18. Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson in the title role, is projected to generate about $25 million across nearly 4,300 screens, bringing its total around $130 million.

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While the weekend box office won’t come near the $100 million threshold, Space Jam and Widow grosses are relatively strong considering the renewed government mask mandate in theaters in Los Angeles, and both titles being available to consumers in the home. A New Legacy is streaming for free for 31 days to subscribers on HBO Max, while Widow is available as a $29.99 add-on for Disney+ subscribers.

Among other releases, Sony Pictures’ freshman thriller Escape Room: Tournament of Champions is projected to generate more than $8 million, according to the studio. Universal Pictures/Focus Features’ Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is expected to top $1 million, while Neon’s Pig, featuring Nicolas Cage as a truffle farmer in search of his lost truffle-sniffing hog, could top $500,000.

Mainstay holdovers such as F9: The Fast Saga and The Boss Baby: Family Business are projected to sustain their theatrical momentum, with the former generating another $6.7 million in ticket sales, and the latter $4.4 million. F9 joins A Quiet Place Part II topping $150 million in domestic business.

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