Following the Day and Date success of Halloween Kills, it was another pedigree performance for Paramount+ with their dual release strategy at the U.S. box-office as Clifford the Big Red Dog snapped at the heels of Marvel’s Eternals solid sophomore frame.
We might have called it “a brown stinker” in our ★★ review, but the family-friendly canine adventure has snaffled up $22M since it was released on Wednesday, with $16.5M of that coming in over the weekend, keeping it in line with similar kids flick debuts such as The Addams Family 2 ($17M), The Boss Baby 2 ($16M) and Tom & Jerry ($16M).
The top spot was once again held by Marvel’s superhero movie Eternals, which saw a -61% decline from its $71M debut to take a solid $27.5M over the weekend. That fall is there-or-thereabouts in terms of Marvel’s second-weekend pandemic performances. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings fell $52%, while Black Widow took a -71% hit following its opening, although that film was also made available on Disney+ for a premium price. By the end of the weekend Eternals had grossed $118M domestically, and $162.6M from the overseas markets, bringing its global cume to $281.4M. Considering the reviews, the introduction of an obscure bunch of new superheroes, and the current climate, that’s not a bad return so far.
There might also be the fact that Marvel’s nefarious offspring, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is eating into the repeat business that Eternals might normally enjoy, with the Tom Hardy starring superhero sequel continuing to perform at the box-office, this week collecting a further $4M to become only the second film to pass the $200M milestone at the domestic box-office after Shang-Chi.
Also passing a significant mark was No Time to Die, which saw a soft-decline of $4.6M over the weekend, impressive considering it has just been made available for PVOD in the US, and has been around for six weeks, where it has amassed $150M. More significant was the fact its international tally rose to $464M overseas, meaning it has now crossed $700M worldwide, and is only the second movie following F9 to earn above that threshold in this pandemic landscape.
The full chart can be found over at Box Office Mojo.