Disney’s “Eternals” tops the domestic box office for its second weekend
Disney and Marvel’s “Eternals” saw a sharp decline in its second weekend in theaters, but it still held the top spot ahead of newcomers like “Clifford the Big Red Dog.”
“Eternals” added $27.5 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $118.8 million, according to a studio estimate on Sunday. The film, directed by Academy Award winner Chloe Chow and starring Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani and Gemma Chan, is down 61% from its debut. While it’s not uncommon for a major superhero column, it was even steeper than the 52% drop seen in Disney and Marvel’s last show, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
Both were shown exclusively in theaters, but the main difference is that “Shang-Chi” simply got better reviews from fans and critics. “Shang-Chi” also became available to stream on Disney+ this weekend. “Eternals” has grossed $281.4 million globally so far.
Second place went to “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” which opened in theaters during the week and was also available to stream at home to Paramount+ subscribers. It grossed an estimated $16.4 million from 3,700 theaters over the weekend and $22 million within five days of release.
Although critics were unimpressed (it has 48% on Rotten Tomatoes), audiences were more favourite, giving it a promising cinematic label. Clifford was able to do this in the face of the uncertain conditions families live in watching movies.
Blockbusters rounded out the top five with “Dune” in third place with $5.5 million, “No Time to Die” in fourth place with $4.6 million and “Venom: Let It Be A Massacre” in fifth place with $4 million. Notably, this weekend’s “Venom 2” became the second pandemic-era film to surpass $200 million at the domestic box office. The other was “Shang-Chi”.
More and more accolades are hoping to enter the niche box office as well, many making their way to the top 10 this weekend, Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film “Belfast” grossing $1.8 million from 580 screens in its debut. In its second weekend, “Spencer”, which featured Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, grossed $1.5 million from 1,265 screens. Even into its fourth weekend, Louis Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” continues to do well, adding $1.8 million to bring its total to $11.6 million.
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