The glamorous spies of “The 355” are no match for the cinema-dominated weblingers.
Spider-Man’s box office dominance continued into its fourth weekend in theaters, grossing an additional $33 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday. With $668.8 million in North American ticket sales to date, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is currently the sixth-highest domestic film of all time. Globally, with $1.5 billion and growing, it comes in at number eight.
The only major new movie this weekend is Universal’s “The 355,” an original spy thriller starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, and Penelope Cruz, which debuts at No. third with $4.8 million from 3,145 North American theaters. Directed by Simon Kingberg, the movie’s reviews about the global female spy alliance aren’t equal to the stars: It has a 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
But audience scores have been more enthusiastic, especially from women, and about a third of this weekend’s attendees are over the age of 45 – a demographic that hasn’t been to theaters much during the pandemic. With a holiday weekend coming up, Jim Orr, Universal’s head of domestic distribution, said, “We think we’re going to have a nice runway.”
“The 355” behind the animated film “Sing 2,” also distributed by Universal, grossed an estimated $12 million in its third weekend in theaters, bringing its global total to $190.8 million.
With the number of omicron cases on the rise, Hollywood entered 2022 cautiously. January’s biggest new release, the Spider-Man spinoff “Morbius,” was recently pushed to April.
“There is a bit of uncertainty in the market because of the omicron variation,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “Studios want to protect the crown jewels and give them the greatest success in theaters. Such a delay shows that they are not giving up on theaters. But studios are well aware of this market and what the challenges might be. ”
And while January is now destined to be quiet at the box office, Dergarabedian says Spider-Man is a “beacon of hope” for the industry.
“It shows that audiences want to go back to the cinema,” he said. “We’re likely to have a really strong year at the box office, but only time will tell.”
According to Comscore, ticket sales are estimated Friday through Sunday in theaters in the US and Canada. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.
Movies in theaters are back after a long hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic – and Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home feels like visiting some old friends, according to Juju Green. The man also known as @straw_hat_goofy on TikTok has seen the film twice, including its premiere, and feels it’s superior to director Sam Raimi’s early 2000s Spider-Man films. “This is my favorite MCU movie,” he said.
1. “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, $33 million.
2. “Sing 2,” $12 million.
3. “The 355,” $4.8 million.
4. “The King’s Man”, $3.4 million.
5. “American Underdog,” $2.4 million.
6. “The Matrix Resurrections,” $1.9 million.
7. “West Side Story,” $1.4 million.
8. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” $1.1 million.
9. “Licorice Pizza,” $1 million.
10. “Gucci House”, $632,348.
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