outside of Avatar: The Way of WaterA brutal weather system named Storm Elliot is taking a toll on the ongoing holiday at the North American box office.
The bomb cyclone has brought freezing temperatures, strong winds, snow and ice to a wide area of the country. Traditionally, the Christmas season is one of the most lucrative times of the year for Hollywood studios and theater owners. This year is an exception amid Storm Elliott and ongoing concerns about COVID-19, the flu and RSV viruses.
In a boomerang for the year-end box office, Christmas weekend revenue could be down 50 percent from 2019 — before the pandemic — and more worryingly, 33 percent from 2021. Hollywood will have a better understanding of the landscape Monday. Another bummer: It’s never a good thing when Christmas Eve falls on a Saturday and Christmas falls on a Sunday. Put another way, studios are already looking to make up for lost ground next week.
20th century and Disney’s Avatar 2 Will easily win the four-day holiday weekend in North America with an estimated Friday-Monday $82 million (competitors have more) from 4,202 theaters. The big-budget tentpole ended Sunday with $253.7 million domestically and $855.4 million globally. By the end of Monday, the worldwide number will approach or exceed $900 million worldwide after two weeks of release. abroad, water way The Christmas weekend (three days) collected a whopping $168.6 million for an overseas total of $601.7 million.
DreamWorks Animation and Universal Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, which opened mid-week and received an A CinemaScore, will have no trouble coming in at No. 2 with an estimated four-day holiday gross of $17.8 million and a six-day opening of $24.7 million from 4,099 theaters. The family picture was tracking for a launch in the $30 million to $35 million range. Its performance underscores ongoing concern about the strength of the household market as the industry recovers from the pandemic.
abroad, dying wish has grossed a total of $32.5 million as of Monday, for an estimated global gross of $57.2 million.
TriStar’s whitney houston: i wanna dance with somebody and Paramount babylon Also having a tough time. Both the films opened on Friday.
I wanna Dance With Somebody 3,625 theaters are expected to open to $6 million-$7 million for the four days (Sony insiders believe the number could climb higher). The Whitney Houston biopic earned an A CinemaScore from the audience after receiving rave reviews.
Paramount’s Star-Packed babylon, which got a C+ CinemaScore, is looking like a major disappointment, unless it picks up again next week. Damien Chazelle’s period Hollywood film that runs north of three hours — similar to Avatar 2 – Estimated four-day opening of $5.3 million from 3,343 theaters.
special box office whale Expanding to a total of 603 theaters on Christmas. A24 The film is expected to collect around $1.4 million in the four-day weekend.
Among the new offerings, Sarah Polley’s acclaimed woman talking opened in eight theaters on Friday. MGM and UAR Film, like many other titles, have no doubt been affected by the cold temperatures in major markets like New York. The film is projecting a $53,000 four-day opening for a venue average of $6,664.
Sony Pictures Classics’ living opened at three locations in New York and Los Angeles for an estimated four-day gross of $17,300 and a location average of approximately $7,078.
Numbers will be updated on Monday.