January 30, 2022

Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 1.30.2022


OPENINGS:  Pedro Almodovar’s PARALLEL MOTHERS (Sony Classics) expanded to wide release at 684 theaters in anticipation of the Oscar nominations that are little more than a week away, but its $300K weekend translated into a per-theater average under $500.

HOLDOVERS:  The lack of any new Hollywood competition was as usual good for the films already in the market.  That meant a mere 22% Weekend 7 drop to $11M for SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME (Marvel/Columbia/Sony), pushing it to within $25M of Avatar‘s position (at $760.5M) as #3 in the all-time US box office.  Overseas, it’s reached $1B after a $21.1M weekend in 63 territories, still not including China.  However, No Way Home won’t get anywhere close to Avatar‘s $2.1B overseas total and thus its worldwide number.

SCREAM (Paramount) dropped 40% to $7.4M in its 3rd weekend, a good hold for the horror genre, and might hit $85M in the US.  It also has $44.1M overseas after a $6.5M weekend in 55 markets.

VOD availability doesn’t seem to be hurting SING 2 (Illumination/Universal), down 17% to $4.8M in its 6th weekend, and on its way to $150M in the US, with no major family product on the calendar until Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in April.  Sing 2 has $133.4M overseas after a $17.4M weekend (most of that from its UK opening) in 62 markets.

REDEEMING LOVE (Universal) fell 48% from last week’s premiere to $1.9M, unlikely to get much past $10M in the US, and with negligible international release to date.

THE KING’S MAN (20th/Disney) continued to hold remarkably well, down 2% to $1.8M in Weekend 6.  However, it will still have to stretch to see $40M in the US.  The overseas total is $80.4M.

THE 355 (Universal, also on VOD) dipped 13% to $1.4M in its 4th weekend and will seek to reach $20M in the US.  It has $8.2M overseas.

AMERICAN UNDERDOG (Lionsgate) actually increased 4% to $1.2M in its 6th weekend, but still may not hit $30M in the US.  It hasn’t yet been released overseas.

LIMITED RELEASE:  CLEAN (IFC, also on VOD) opened at 258 theaters with a $600 per-theater weekend average.  GAMESTOP: RISE OF THE PLAYERS (Super LTD) averaged $300 at 267.  Woody Allen’s RIFKIN’S FESTIVAL (MPI, also on VOD) opened at 26 with a $700 average   SUNDOWN (Bleecker Street) opened at 6 arthouses and averaged a low $4K.  COMPARTMENT NUMBER 6 (Sony Classics) launched at 3 with a $3K average.  FLEE (Neon) widened to 220 with a $300 average.  JOCKEY (Sony Classics) expanded to 21 and averaged $600.

NEXT WEEKEND:  The box office should rise a bit from its doldrums with the arrivals of JACKASS FOREVER (Paramount) and MOONFALL (Lionsgate).

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."