April 25, 2021
Warner Bros.’ video game adaptation Mortal Kombat led the domestic weekend box office through April 25.
The film earned a reported $22.5 million in estimated revenue across more than 3,000 North American screens operating at 50% capacity due to the pandemic.
The movie had tougher-than-expected competition from Funimation’s anime actioner Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, which is projected to tally $19.5 million across almost 1,600 screens.
Mugen Train’s result shouldn’t be surprising since the movie is Japan’s all-time box office champ, with more than $365 million. The title has topped $400 million in ticket sales worldwide.
Kombat continues to support Warner’s decision to simultaneously release new theatrical titles on subscription streaming video platform HBO Max for 31 days. The studio is set to return to a shortened theatrical window in 2022. Kombat generated another $6.3 million across 37 countries, bringing its global haul to $50 million.
The latest Warner movie to top the box office follows previous chart-topper Godzilla vs. Kong, which generated $4.2 million in revenue across more than from 2,800 screens in the latest weekend. The monster movie movie, which has also been available on Max, has topped $86.5 million in the U.S. since its release four weeks ago, and $400 million worldwide — surpassing Warner’s Tenet and its $363 million as the highest-grossing domestic release during the pandemic.
Rounding out the Top 5: Universal Pictures’ vigilante justice drama Nobody, starring aptly cast Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), which tracked $1.8 million in ticket sales ($38 million globally) despite being available on PVOD for $20 due to a rev-sharing deal with AMC Theatres and Cinemark.
Finally, Disney’s Raya and Last Dragon generated $1.6 million ($39.8 million) despite being available for $29.99 purchase on the Disney+ streaming service.