Weekend Box Office Takes Short Winter’s Nap, But ‘Spidey’ Still Chasing ‘Avatar’

Refresh for chart and more analysis No one can complain that nobody went to the movies this weekend, because the major studios didn’t really give them a reason to come out. That’s because there aren’t any new wide releases as the majors became fearful about Omicron’s impact coupled with a historically lackluster domestic box office period. This weekend with roughly $34.7M for all movies is the lowest since Sept. 24-26; that’s when Shang-Chi was in its 4th weekend with $13M and Universal’s Dear Evan Hansen died with a $7.4M opening, amounting to a $38.8M weekend for all titles. Next weekend, Lionsgate hopes to lure people out with Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall and Paramount’s Jackass Forever, both looking at double low-to-mid teen digits, that is before their final week media blitz ensues.

Avatar

In the meantime, we can gaze at how Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home is intent on beating Avatar‘s 3rd place of all-time domestic box office record ($760.5M), which by the end of Sunday will be $25.3M away from taking out the James Cameron sci-fi movie; Spidey’s cume to stand at $735.3M. As we told you last weekend, if Spider-Man: No Way Home is going to deep-six the Na’vi, it’s in a box office grossing course that’s similar to Star Wars: Force Awakens. And that’s what it looks like is happening.

Weekend 7 of No Way Home looks to file $11M (-21%), which is a very similar amount of case as Force Awakens at the same period in time, $11.1M. Sony is saying $10.4M right now, but we’ll see where it is by tomorrow AM. Spider-Man’s 43rd day in release made $2.75M, which is 12% ahead of the $2.46M that Force Awakens did on its 43rd day of play. The Jon Watts-directed MCU title is also booked in more theaters than Force Awakens at the same point in time; 3,675 locations to 2,556. Between the last weekend in January and the end of President’s Day weekend, Force Awakens pulled in $20.44M. When all is said and done, I’m sure Sony would love to see this movie beating Avatar. 

More trumpeting for Sony: Ghostbusters: Afterlife is very close to passing Paul Feig’s all-femme 2016 edition, now at $128M. The movie is look at about $761K in weekend 11 in the No. 8 spot. Afterlife has roughly $350K left to go before it passes that Kristen Wiig-Kate McKinnon-Melissa McCarthy-Leslie Jones comedy.

Paramount/Spyglass Media’s Scream is eyeing a $6.65M third weekend, down 46% in second place for a running total of $61.4M. The fifth title is pacing 14% behind Scream 2 and 12% behind Scream 3, both of which passed $100M. The industry feeling is that this one will definitely fall short despite being a profitable title for the Melrose Lot and Spyglass.

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