(from left) Prisca (Vicky Krieps), Maddox (Thomasin McKenzie), Guy (Gael García Bernal) and Trent (Luca Faustino Rodriguez) in Old, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Credit: Phobymo/Universal Pictures
The hopes of pandemic recovery for theaters became the summer of discontent. With half of the summer almost over, this past weekend marked one of the quietest weekends despite many theaters full openings.
The debut of M. Night Shyamalan’s Old with Universal Pictures opened with $16.51 million in box office receipts at 3,355 theaters for the top spot. It averaged for a respectable $4,921 per screen on a twisted story about a bunch of beachgoers looking for an escape as they age rapidly by the hour.
In a standalone G.I. Joe film, Paramount Pictures’ Snake Eyes starring Henry Golding garnered $13.35 million on the low end of an action film at 3,521 theaters. The spin-off hoped to restart the G.I. series again with one of its most beloved characters.
Marvel’s Black Widow continues to drop but landed in a heroic pose at the third spot with $11.6 million, a decrease of 55.1 percent from the previous weekend. It still commands most of the theaters at 4,250 locations and earned a cumulative total of $154.8 million. Despite its mixed news, the good news is the film earned $314 million worldwide, but a far cry from the billion-dollar franchise results that Marvel movies used to bring in.
Rounding the top five, Warner Brothers’ Space Jam: A New Legacy dropped the ball to fourth place with $9.56 million, a decrease of 69.2 percent. It’s a steep drop, but considering that it’s also streaming for free on HBO Max—it’s quite expected. The cumulative total for its second weekend comes in at $51.3 million.
Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga still running along in fifth place at $4.7 million, a slight drop of 38.8 percent from the previous weekend. Its total domestic total sits at $164.3 million and reached just over $600 million worldwide this weekend.
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The other notable film that opened this weekend was with the Mark Walberg starring film Joe Bell which was based on a true story about a father trekking across America for his gay son who committed suicide from bullying. The film didn’t place in the top ten at the theatrical box office and only earned $707,000.
For the next weekend, one potential big blockbuster enters the theaters with Walt Disney’s Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt based on the Disney theme park ride. Two other indie dramas also enter the arena with Arthurian fantasy film The Green Knight with Dev Patel and the drama Still Water with Matt Damon.
Source: Box Office Mojo