Warner’s ‘Mortal Kombat’ Holds Off All-Time Japanese Box Office Champ ‘Demon Slayer: Mugen Train’

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.

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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.

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