‘Scream’ takes 1st place from ‘Spider-Man’ at MLK Weekend Box Office

The MLK holiday weekend saw “Spider-Man: No Way Home” hit $700 million, but there’s little chance of sustaining theaters for the next six weeks.

With an estimated $30.6 million for three days and $35 million for four weekends, Paramount’s “Screaming“Turn out”Spider-Man: There’s no way home“After four weeks at No. 1. Another $20.8 million, the Marvel sequel is just under a staggering $700 million.

“Scream” is a reboot of the horror franchise, the first since 2011 (the late Wes Craven directed the previous four) and the first by Paramount. It’s likely to be the biggest gig until March 4, when Warner Bros. will release “The Batman;” that’s a lot of pressure to make a killer movie.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend typically sees at least one major new release, limited-day expansions, and a slew of Christmas releases that remain strong in theaters. This year we have a new movie, a big box office and few other movies.

Between 2015-2020, the MLK weekend box office grossed between $203 million (2015) and $130 million (2019). This year it’s $73 million — $10 million more than the opening total of “Bad Boys for Life” this weekend 2020. That lifts the four-week box office average up. 59% of the same period in 2020; The next six weeks could be worse.

Aside from “Scream” and “Spider-Man,” the lack of strong movies is a major factor; So is the absence of new titles, whatever their qualities may be. Disney pulled Adrian Lyne’s “Deep Water” from this weekend; it’s most likely headed to Hulu now. Warner Bros. once rebooted “Sesame Street” on this date; is now likely to appear for HBO Max.

Meanwhile, “Hotel Transylvania: Transformania,” originally set by Sony last October, debuted on Amazon Prime this weekend. That family film franchise has grossed about half a billion domestically across three titles; It’s out of theaters now.

“Scream” is a $24 million saver and it will be profitable; Its four-day estimated gross of $35 million is comparable to the totals of “West Side Story” and “Matrix: Resurrections” and better than “The King’s Man,” all of which are much more expensive. . Lesson learned: Young audiences who go to horror movies have much lower levels of inhibition with Covid.

Among horror series reboots, “Scream” is inferior to Universal’s “Halloween”. In 2009, it opened to 16 million dollars; The 2018 revival ushered in $76 million in late October, and last October’s 2021 “Halloween Kills” — free-streaming all day for Peacock subscribers — grossed $50 million.

Another fact-checking: This weekend’s No. 3 movie, “Sing 2,” should have ranked 13 two years ago. That said, the rest of the top 10 (except for the second weekend of “The 355,” down 49%) are down 36% or less.


GKids took advantage of its theatrical availability to open the popular Japanese animated film “Belle” with $1.65 million in 1,326 theaters, good enough to come in at No. 6. Same day of 2020 weekend. GKids released “Weathering With You” in just 486 theaters and grossed $1.8 million. It ranks 13th with that total.

The short-term outlook isn’t any better either: Next week, Universal will release the wide release of its human-trafficking drama series based on the cult, “Redeeming Love.” With Sony’s “Morbius” pushed to April, there was no other wide release in January. Wide releases returned on February 4 with Paramount’s “Jackass Forever” and Lionsgate’s “Moonfall” starring Halle Berry.

Top 10

1. Screaming (Most Important) NEW – Movie Score: B+; Metacritic: 61; Estimated budget: $24 million

$30,600,000 at 3,664 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $8,352; Accumulation: $30,600,000

2. Spider-Man: There’s No Way Home (Sony) Week 5; Last weekend #1

$20,800,000 (-36%) at 3,925 (-87) theaters; PTA: $5,299; Accumulation: $698,700,000

3. Sing 2 (General) Week 4; Last weekend #2; also available on premium VOD

$8,270,000 (-29%) at 3,581 (-132) theaters; PTA: $2,309; Accumulation: $119,359,000

4. The 355 (General) Week 2; Last weekend #3

$2,340,000 (-49%) at 3,145 (unchanged) theaters; PTA: $744; Accumulation: $8,418,000

5. The King’s Man (Disney) Week 4; Last weekend #4

$2,319,000 (-28%) at 2,510 (-530) theaters; PTA: $924; Accumulation: $ 28,684,000

6. Belle (GKids) NEW – Cinemascore:; Metacritic: 85

$1,646,000 at 1,326 theaters; PTA: $1,241; Accumulation: $1,646,000

7. American smut (Lionsgate) Week 4; Last weekend # 6

$1,600,000 (-31%) at 2,394 (-355) theaters; PTA: $637; Accumulation: $21,067,000

8. Western Story (Disney) Week 6; Last weekend # 7

$948,000 (-31%) at 1,460 (-830) theaters; PTA: $649; Accumulation: $33,028,000

9. Licorice Pizza (United Artists) Week 8; Last weekend # 9

$883,000 (-10%) at 772 theaters (unchanged); PTA: $1,144; Accumulation: $9,517,000

10. Matrix Recovery (Warner Bros.) Week 4; Last weekend #6; also on HBO Max

$815,000 (-56%) at 1,725 ​​(-1,150) theaters; PTA: $473; Accumulation: $ 35,816,000

“Parallel Mothers”

Additional dedicated/restricted/standalone releases

Who are we (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW – Metacritic: 90; Festivals include: South to Southwest 2021

$24,312 in 4 theaters; PTA: $6,078

Conversation (Rialto) (re-release)

$5,500 in 1 theater; PTA: $5,500

Parallel mothers (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4

$129,002 at 50 (+32) theaters; Accumulation: $376,093

Nightmare Alley (Lightning) Week 5

$271,000 at 550 (-1,360) theaters; Accumulation: $9,100,000

Red rocket (A24) Week 6

$50,077 at 82 (-62) theaters; Accumulation: $991,941

Drive my car (Janus) Week 8

$78,086 at 65 (+36) cinemas; Accumulation: $508,054

French Dispatch (Lights up) Week 13; also on VOD

$19,000 at 35 (-10) theaters; Accumulation: $16,070,000

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