February 20, 2022

Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 2.20.2022


OPENINGS:  UNCHARTED (Columbia/Sony) had a strong start with $44.2M ($51M with the holiday Monday), once again largely due to the M18-34 demo, but also suggesting that Tom Holland may be emerging as an action star even without webs to spin.  (Of course it didn’t hurt that Uncharted followed his mega-smash Spider-Man so closely that both are in theaters at the same time.)  The movie, intended as the kick-off to a now inevitable franchise, has also reached $88M overseas after a $55.4M weekend in 62 markets, with China still to come.  Uncharted has no significant competition next weekend, after which it will bow to The Batman.

On a smaller scale, DOG (UA/MGM) was also sturdy with a $15.1M launch ($18.1M with Monday), proving to be smart counterprogramming for Uncharted with an older and more female audience.  As with Scream and Jackass Forever, Dog has a low budget that should ensure profitability.  It hasn’t yet opened overseas.

THE CURSED (LD) was unable to attract the horror audience, and opened with $1.7M ($1.9M with the holiday), with little chance of reaching even $10M in the US.

HOLDOVERS:  Sunday-to-Sunday comparisons are particularly strong this week because of last week’s Super Bowl, although that didn’t seem to help the films in their 2nd weekend.  No such problem for SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME (Marvel/Columbia/Sony), which actually gained 2% to $7.7M ($8.8M with Monday) in its 10th weekend, setting its aim for an $800M US total before it ends its run.  No Way Home has reached $1.06B overseas after an $8.1M weekend in 63 territories.

Despite this week’s more favorable Sunday, DEATH ON THE NILE (20th/Disney) fell 52% to $6.3M ($7.2M with Monday), and may not hit $50M in the US.  That would be less than 50% of the domestic result for Murder On the Orient Express.  Death has $50M overseas after a $19.8M weekend in 50 markets that included $5.9M from China, and is also on course for an international decline of 50% or more from Murder.

JACKASS FOREVER (MTV/Paramount) dropped 35% to $5.2M ($6.2M with the holiday) in its 3rd weekend, and might get to $65M in the US.  It also has $13.3M overseas.

MARRY ME (Universal) plunged 54% to $3.7M ($4.3M with Monday) compared to last week’s opening, and even though Monday is a holiday, it won’t come close to last week’s $3M Valentine’s Day bonanza for the rom-com, which is on its way to $30M in the US.  The overseas total to date is $19.3M.

SING 2 (Illumination/Universal) dipped 8% to $2.8M ($3.8M with Monday) in its 9th weekend, on a path to $155M in the US.  Overseas is at $184.7M after a $10.3M weekend.

SCREAM (Spyglass/Paramount) lost 34% to $2M ($2.2M with Monday) in its 6th weekend and might reach $85M in the US.  To date, overseas is at $57.3M.

BLACKLIGHT (Open Road) fell 50% to $1.8M ($2.1M with the holiday) in its 2nd weekend, and may not see $15M in the US.  So far it’s had a negligible international release.

LIMITED RELEASE:  THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD (Neon) expanded to 265 theaters with a $1900 per-theater average for the 3-day weekend.  Best Picture nominee DRIVE MY CAR (Janus) widened to 213 and averaged $1000.  COMPARTMENT NUMBER 6 (Sony Classics) averaged $1400 at 11.  JOCKEY (Sony Classics) expanded to 64 theaters and averaged $150.

NEXT WEEKEND:  The only wide opening is the horror comedy STUDIO 666 (Open Road).  In addition, CYRANO (MGM), which had an Oscar-qualifying run in December, will begin 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."