January 15, 2023

Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 1.15.2023


OPENINGS:  The Gerard Butler vehicle PLANE (Lionsgate) launched with $10M over the 3-day weekend ($11.6M with the Monday holiday), a sturdy number although not up to the $21.4M for Butler’s pre-pandemic Angel Has Fallen.  It hasn’t yet opened overseas.

HOUSE PARTY (Warners), originally set for HBO Max, had a mild start with $3.8M ($4.5M with Monday), and is expected to have an accelerated streaming window.

The avant-garde horror film SKINAMARINK (IFC) received some rapturous reviews, but started with a quiet $750K ($800K with Monday) at 692 theaters.

The more conventional genre item THE DEVIL CONSPIRACY (Goldwyn) was barely noticed with $400K ($500K with Monday) at 925 theaters.

HOLDOVERS:  AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER (20th/Disney) has yet to face serious competition, and continued its reign with a Weekend 5 dip of 32% to $31.1M ($38.5M with Monday).  It still has two more essentially unopposed weekends ahead, and could climb to $650M in the US before it’s done, putting it in the all-time Top 10.  It continued to be even more of a monster overseas, with $1.3B after an $88.6M weekend.  It should top $2B worldwide in the next 2 weeks, the 6th film to ever accomplish that achievement.

M3GAN (Blumhouse/Universal) held very well for its genre, down 41% to $17.9M ($21.2M with the holiday), which was a better Weekend 2 hold than last summer’s The Black Phone, and suggests that M3GAN should easily pass $100M in the US.  It’s also solid overseas with $34.2M after a $15.4M weekend in 64 markets.

Despite its availability on VOD, PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH (DreamWorks Animation/Universal) inched down just 1% to $13.4M in its 4th weekend ($17.3M with Monday), and should get past $150M in the US.  It also has $141M overseas after a $19.8M weekend in 77 territories.

A MAN CALLED OTTO (Columbia/Sony) expanded very well to 3802 theaters with a $12.6M weekend ($15M with Monday) sparked by older female audiences in middle America, a demo that’s been hard to attract over the last few years.  Overseas, it has $14,5M after a $4.4M weekend in 30 markets.

BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER (Marvel/Disney) continued tapering off, down 38% to $2.2M in its 10th weekend ($2.6M with Monday), and poised to pass $450M in the US.  Its overseas total is $385.7M.

THE WHALE (A24) widened its run by about 80% to 1500 theaters but dropped 4% to $1.5M ($1.8M with Monday), and will hope for the best from the upcoming Oscar nominations.  It has yet to open overseas.

WHITNEY HOUSTON: I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (Black Label/TriStar/Sony) fell 55% to $1.1M in its 4th weekend ($1.4M with Monday), on its way to $25M in the US.  Things are better overseas, where it has $27.1M after a $3.4M weekend in 46 territories.

LIMITED RELEASE:  The Indian-language WALTAIR VEERAYYA (indie) brought in $1.1M at 350 theaters.  The critically acclaimed SAINT OMER (Neon) had a slow start with a $250 3-day weekend per-theater average at 245.  BROKER (Neon) expanded to 271 with an $1100 average.  WOMEN TALKING (UA/MGM/Amazon) widened to 61 and averaged $3100.  LIVING (Sony Classics) averaged $2800 at 32.

NEXT WEEKEND:  The wide opening is the thriller MISSING (Screen Gems/Sony).  After a brief Oscar-qualifying run late last year, THE SON (Sony Classics) begins its regular release.


About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."