‘Cocaine Bear’ Gives ‘Ant-Man 3’ a Scare at the Weekend Box Office

Universal Pictures’ horror-comedy Cocaine Bear was the big winner at the box office this weekend, debuting at No. 2 with a projected domestic gross of $23 million — significantly higher than its expected $17 million to $19 million.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania remained No. 1 at the box office through Feb. 26 for its second consecutive win. But its projected gross of $32 million signaled a steep drop of nearly 70% from its opening weekend tally.

Cocaine Bear boosted its earnings with an additional $5 million overseas.

Directed by Elizabeth Banks and based in part on a 1985 incident in which a deceased black bear was found in Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia with 70 pounds of ingested cocaine in its stomach, the movie is the third in a trio of studio releases (M3GAN and Violent Night) marketing farcical storylines to box office success.

“It’s an outrageous comedy that absolutely delivers on its premise,” Jim Orr, president of domestic distribution at Universal, said in a statement. “People were ready to see something over the top.”

No. 3 at the box office was Lionsgate’s faith-based Jesus Revolution, which opened to $15.5 million in ticket sales — easily topping projected revenue projections.

To reach its audience, Lionsgate worked to build word-of-mouth among faith-leaning audience sectors organizing viewing to tens of thousands across the country via church screenings, University screenings, and other initiatives, including outreach to CCM music artists, among other grassroots efforts.

Like Lionsgate’s recent hit Plane, given its budget, financial model and marketing campaign, Jesus Revolution appears well-positioned to become another fiscal hit for the studio distributor.

Kelsey Grammer in Jesus Revolution

Rounding out the top 5 was 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water and Universal’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. Director James Cameron’s Avatar sequel sold about $4.7 million worth of tickets to up its global haul to $2.267 million, third all-time.

The Last Wish added $4.1 million to reach $442 million globally after 10 weeks of release. The movie is concurrently available in the home across premium VOD and premium electronic sellthrough retail channels.

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‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Tops 5th Straight Weekend Box Office

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever topped the Dec 9-11 weekend box office with an estimated $11 million in revenue. The result represents the fifth consecutive No. 1 weekly box office for the sequel to 2018’s box office blockbuster Black Panther, starring the late Chadwick Boseman. Wakanda Forever has now topped $400 million at the North American box office and $767 million worldwide, and ranks as the No. 3 grossing domestic movie of the year.

That said, the movie’s ticket sales fell below projections and underscored an ongoing 2022 trend of lackluster moviegoer interest among consumers. That trajectory is expected to stopped in its tracks heading into 2023 with next weekend’s debut of James Cameron’s long-awaited sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water.

Until then, despite the breakout success of Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick ($718 million domestically, $1.48 billion worldwide), the title will not match 2021’s box office champ, Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures), which approached $805 million in North American revenue, and topped $1.9 billion globally.

The 2022 box office, however, is well ahead of last year with more than $6.7 billion in revenue, compared with $4.48 billion in 2021. And that’s not including the pending Avatar: The Way of Water.

Meanwhile, Universal Pictures’ Christmas dark comedy thriller, Violent Night, added almost $9 million to push its two-weekend total past $26 million. That was enough to best box office support players, including Disney Animation Studios’ Strange World with $3.6 million in ticket sales; Searchlight Pictures’ The Menu with another $2.7 million, and Columbia Pictures’ Devotion with $2 million) squeezing Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC Comics anti-superhero Black Adam ($1.3 million) out of the top five.

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Tops Fourth Straight Weekend Box Office

Disney/Marvel Studios’ superhero sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever topped its fourth consecutive weekend box office Dec. 2-4, selling more than $20 million worth of tickets across more than 3,800 North American screens. The tally ups the follow-up to the 2018 box office hit Black Panther to about $400 million and $733 million worldwide since its Nov. 11 theatrical debut.

Wakanda Forever held off Universal Pictures’ holiday-themed thriller Violent Night, which saw moviegoers spend $7 million ($20.3 million globally) across more than 3,600 North American screens to watch Santa Claus (David Harbour) surprise a group of home invasion burglars.

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Meanwhile, Disney’s animated Strange World continued to underperform, generating less than $5 million across more than 4,000 screens to up its two-week tally to $25.5 million domestically ($42.3 million worldwide). Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ thriller The Menu added $3.6 million in revenue across more than 2,800 screens, to up its three-week tally near $25 million ($47 million globally).

Finally, Sony Pictures’ Navy aviation thriller Devotion, based on the true story of Jesse Brown, the first Black aviator in U.S. Navy history, and his friendship with fellow fighter pilot Tom Hudner, realized another $2.8 million in revenue across more than 3,400 screens. The Korean War drama has grossed almost $14 million since its Thanksgiving debut.

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Eyes Fourth Consecutive Weekend Box Office Win

Disney/Marvel Studios’ latest superhero movie, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is expected to top the weekend box office for the fourth consecutive time the weekend of Dec. 2-4. The sequel to the 2018 box office hit Black Panther is approaching $700 million in global ticket sales, including $400 million in North America.

The lone new release is Universal Pictures’ holiday action-comedy, Violent Night — in which a group of mercenary home invaders, crashing a wealthy Christmas party and taking hostages, get a surprise visit from Santa (played by “Strange Things” actor David Harbour). It is reportedly projected to generate upwards of $10 million in ticket sales.

Returning releases include Disney’s animated Strange World ($5.9 million), Sony/Columbia Pictures’ Devotion ($3.1 million), Disney/Searchlight Pictures’ The Menu ($3 million), Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics’ Black Adam ($1.8 million) and Universal’s The Fabelmans ($1.4 million).

With scant new releases, Paramount Pictures is re-releasing the year’s biggest theatrical title, Top Gun: Maverick, across 2,000 screens, including Imax and other premium formats. The re-release is projected to add another $1 million in revenue to the movie’s $716.6 million domestic tally.

‘Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero’ Tops Another Sluggish August Weekend Box Office

The Sony Pictures/Crunchyroll animated release Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero may have an awkward sounding title, but to anime fans the latest movie in the franchise is must-see entertainment.

The release topped expectations, generating an estimated $21 million in revenue across about 3,000 North American screens, including 327 Imax screens, to top the weekend box office through Aug. 21. The title easily bested Universal Pictures’ new release Beast, which features Idris Elba tasked with saving his kids from wild animals while out on a safari. The movie sold about $11.5 million worth of tickets across more than 3,700 screens.

Rounding out the weekend box office podium was Sony Pictures’ Bullet Train with a projected $8 million in revenue across almost 3,800 screens. The Brad Pitt-starrer now has almost $69 million in North American revenue, $123 million worldwide.

Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick continues to impress, generating an estimated $5.8 million across almost 3,000 screens. The Tom Cruise actioner has generated $683 million across North American theaters, which puts the 1986 Top Gun sequel ahead of Disney/Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War with $678 million in revenue. The movie is now the sixth-highest gross domestic release all-time.

Finally, Warner Bros. Animation’s DC League of Super-Pets added another $4.9 million in estimated ticket sales across 3,500 screens to up its four-week tally past $66 million.

Disney/Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Opens with $185 Million Blockbuster Weekend

Disney/Marvel Studios’ sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness didn’t disappoint, generating a projected $185 million in North America ticket sales across more than 4,500 screens through Mother’s Day (May 8). Globally, the superhero actioner collected a whopping $450 million, and the second-highest North American opening since the pandemic began behind the $260 million generated by Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home last December.

Starring Bennedict Cumberbatch in the title role, Doctor Strange 2 dominated North American ticket sales, grabbing 84% of all revenue. The imbalance left the rest of the theatrical slate with slim pickings. Universal Pictures’ animated release The Bad Guys is expected to generate almost $10 million in its third weekend, bringing the domestic total past $57 million.

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Paramount Pictures’ sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2 added a projected $6.2 million to up its North American total to $170 million, and $350 million globally after five weekends. Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore added almost $4 million to up its domestic total to $86 million ($339 million worldwide) after four weekends.

Lionsgate’s Nicolas Cage comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent took in an estimated $1.52 million across 1,331 screens in North America. Through Sunday, the film has grossed an estimated $16.38 million in North America.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Continues Weekend Box Office Dominance With $33 Million Haul

Sony Pictures’ lucrative webslinger franchise continues to fire on all cylinders. The latest release, Spider-Man: No Way Home, again dominated the weekend box office (through Jan. 9), generating an estimated $33 million in ticket sales across 4,100 North American screens. The tally upped the Tom Holland-starring superhero actioner’s domestic haul to $668 million to make it the sixth-highest grossing North American release in history.

Through the weekend, No Way Home passed Paramount Pictures’ Titanic at $659 million, and Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World with $652 million. The movie is just $10 million behind No. 5 Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War at $678 million. No Way Home has generated more than $1.5 billion in global ticket sales.

Meanwhile, Universal’s animated musical Sing 2 generated around $12 million across more than 3,700 screens to push its North American tally to $100 million — equaling Disney’s Frozen 2 in 2019.

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Finally, Universal’s new female-driven actioner, The 355, met its modest predictions, generating about $5 million across more than 3,000 screens. Co-starring Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger, and Luptia Nyong’o, the movie is set to hit retail channels, including premium VOD, on Jan. 23, and on Peacock Feb. 20, as part of Universal’s shortened box office strategy.

‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Tops Weekly U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

It was a good week for sales of DVD and Blu-ray Disc in the United Kingdom.

Disney/Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings fought off the competition to finish atop this week’s Official Film Chart in the U.K. through Nov. 24.

The film outsold the combined total of previous chart toppers Warner’s The Suicide Squad (No. 2) and Paramount Home Entertainment’s Paw Patrol: The Movie (No. 3) this week, following its release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc — with 78% of its total sales made up of packaged media.

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Meanwhile, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Grinch (2018) climbed two spots to No. 4, the first of two winter holiday chart entries with Warner’s Elf at No. 10.

Paramount’s Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins returned to the chart following its release on disc, climbing nine spots at No. 5. Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga and Disney/Marvel’s Black Widow each dropped two spots at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, and Warner’s magical boxed set Harry Potter: The Complete Collection floated up one spot to No. 8 as consumers continue to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first film.

Finally, Disney’s Jungle Cruise drifted down two spots to No. 9.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Nov. 24, 2021

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Weekend Box Office: Is There a ‘Ghostbusters’ Afterlife?

The 2016 theatrical release of Ghostbusters featured an all-female cast, mixed reviews and underwhelming box office.

For the pandemic delayed Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Sony Pictures Entertainment has gone back to the franchise’s roots with director Jason Reitman looking to emulate the family-friendly appeal of his father, Ivan Reitman’s 1984 original Ghostbusters, starring Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver.

While Afterlife reviews have also been mixed, including a 66% Rotten Tomatoes social media score, the movie headlines Paul Rudd, who was just named People magazine’s “Sexist Man Alive,” and a young supporting cast entering the pre-Thanksgiving week when family holiday get-togethers often include a trip to the cineplex.

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When combined with the nostalgia surrounding the franchise, Afterlife should push Disney/Marvel Studios’ Eternals from atop the weekend box office results. Sony, which has only recently returned select tentpole releases (Venom: Let There Be Carnage) to the COVID-era box office, is projecting upwards of $28 million in opening weekend sales.

The conservative estimate falls below the original’s $30 million opener, as well the last film’s $46 million debut, but underscores the ongoing reduced expectations and realities in the current exhibition marketplace.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ King Richard, the biopic about Richard Williams, the tenacious father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams, has a strong social media score (92%), popular lead star (Will Smith) and strong crossover appeal beyond sports fans.

The movie is also concurrently streaming for no extra charge to subscribers of HBO Max as part of WarnerMedia’s soon-ending 2021 distribution strategy that some observers contend has undermined the box office of recent Warner releases The Many Saints of NewarkCry Macho and Reminiscent, among others. The movie is projected to open from $5 million to $10 million in ticket sales this weekend, which would put it behind projections for Eternals ($11 million) and Paramount Pictures’ Clifford the Big Red Dog ($9 million) — the latter also streaming for subscribers on Paramount+.

‘Shang-Chi’ and the Legend of Two Weekend Box Office ‘Rings’

Disney/Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings continued its reign at the domestic weekend box office, generating a projected $35.8 million in revenue through Sept. 12. The Asian-American-led actioner has tallied $145 million at North American screens ($257.6 million globally).

Runner-up: Disney-owned 20th Century Studios release Free Guy, starring Ryan Reynolds, which generated $5.8 million across 3,650 screens in its fifth week of release. The action comedy has now topped $100 million at the domestic box office.

The final podium spot went to Warner Bros. Pictures’ new release Malignant, which generated $5.57 million across 3,485 screens. The disappointing box office likely undermined by the movie’s concurrent availability to HBO Max subscribers.

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Universal Pictures’ horror film Candyman generated $4.8 million ($48 million total) in its third weekend, followed by Disney’s Jungle Cruise with $2.1 million ($109.7 million) after seven weeks of release.