Sunday, November 7, 2021

Weekend Box-Office: ETERNALS Scores $71M Domestic Debut and $91M Overseas

Weekend Box-Office: ETERNALS Scores Relatively Disappointing $71M Debut

Despite the fact that "Eternals" clearly dominated the box-office this weekend, the MCU flick's debut is both good news and bad news for Disney and Marvel. Also, Neon's Princess Diana film "Spencer" opened in select theaters this weekend and raked in some decent numbers.

Read more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

Disney and Marvel's new film "Eternals" opened in first place with $71 million from 4,090 theaters, which is the fourth-highest opening of the pandemic, so far, after "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" ($90.3 million), "Black Widow" ($80.3 million) and "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" ($75.39 million).

That's the good news. The bad is that originally the film was expected to open with around $80-85 million, with some pundits even predicting numbers as high as $100 million. It's also the lowest MCU debut since the first "Ant-Man" ($58 million in 2015), and the second-lowest since "Thor" and "Captain America" both opened with $65 million in 2011.

The movie received harsh reviews from critics (48% on Rotten Tomatoes), making it the worst reviewed MCU movie ever, and the audience reception was lukewarm ("B" on CinemaScore). Overall, it's unlikely that the film will enjoy a lengthy run at the domestic box-office.

Internationally, the film has raked in $90.7 million. With $161.7 million worldwide, "Eternals" scored the second best opening for a Hollywood movie during 2021, behind "F9" ($163 million). The movie will not open in China, which will have a significant impact on its international box-office. The Marvel movie will definitely have to make serious money in order to break even. Its budget was reportedly around $200 million, and it needs to gross around $400 million worldwide to recoup its costs. Time will tell if "Eternals" can hold its ground in subsequent weekends.

The sci-fi epic "Dune" fell to #2 after enjoying two weeks at #1. The film grossed an estimated $7.6 over the weekend, dropping 51% (which is slightly better than last week's 62% drop). The film's domestic cume has reached $83.9 million after three weeks, while internationally it has grossed a total of $246.5 million.

In third place we find "No Time to Die" with $6.1 million. The film dropped just 20% from last weekend. Its domestic tally has reached $143.1 million, while overseas it grossed $524.3 million.

"Venom: Let There Be Carnage" finished in fourth place with $4.4 million. The film has grossed $197 million domestically after six weeks, and another $227.6 million internationally.

The Top 5 is rounded out by the animated sci-fi comedy "Ron's Gone Wrong" with $3.6 million in its third weekend. The film dropped just 5%, but its $17.6 million domestic total is not particularly impressive. Overseas it has grossed around $28 million.

Wes Anderson's new film "The French Dispatch" expanded from 788 to 1,205 theaters and landed at #6 with $2.6 million. Domestically it has grossed $8.4 million, so far.

Another new entry in the Top 10 is Neon's "Spencer" starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana. The film opened in eighth place with $2.1 million from 996 theaters.

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Eternals $71M $71M $90.7M $200M
2 Dune $7.6M $83.9M $246.5M $165M
3 No Time to Die $6.1M $143.1M $524.3M $250M
4 Venom: Let There Be Carnage $4.4M $197M $227.6M $110M
5 Ron's Gone Wrong $3.6M $17.5M $28.9M N/A
6 The French Dispatch $2.6M $8.4M $7.4M $25M
7 Halloween Kills $2.3M $89.7M $37.2M $20M
8 Spencer $2.1M $2.1M N/A N/A
9 Antlers $2M $7.6M $5M N/A
10 Last Night in Soho $1.8M $7.6M $5.1M $43M


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