February 6, 2022

Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 2.6.2022


OPENINGS:  The male 18-34 demo was again at the center of the box office, largely fueling the $23.5M start for JACKASS FOREVER (Paramount), not quite at the level of the last product of the franchise, 2013’s Bad Grandpa, and its $32.1M start, but more than enough to ensure profitability at its low cost point.  International is thus far at $5.2M from 9 territories, more than half of that from the UK.

With its awful reviews and a cast that wasn’t stacked with all-stars, MOONFALL (Huayi/Lionsgate) was probably doomed whether there was a pandemic or not.  It’s currently claiming a weekend at almost exactly $10M, and we’ll see if that number holds up in finals.  Moonfall is mostly aimed at the international market (it’s presumably assured of a China opening, since a local company put up a chunk of the financing), and has $9.4M overseas thus far.  Total production/marketing costs will top $200M, and Lionsgate is reportedly on the hook for $40-50M of that to cover its share of the budget and US distribution costs.

The family movie THE WOLF AND THE LION (Blue Fox) launched at 800 theaters at a low $675K, and it has $13.2M from prior international release.

HOLDOVERS:  SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME (Marvel/Columbia/Sony) inched closer to Avatar‘s $760.5M US total and the #3 all-time domestic box office slot.  The Weekend 8 drop was just 13% to $9.6M, putting it at $749M.  In addition, international (without China) is at $1.02B after a $15.6M weekend in 63 markets.

SCREAM (Spyglass/Paramount) lost 35% to $4.7M in its 4th weekend, on its way past $80M in the US.  The overseas total is $51.4M.  To no one’s surprise, a sequel has been greenlit.

SING 2 (Illumination/Universal) slipped 11% to $4.2M in its 7th weekend, and it should reach $150M in the US, a big number these days, although still far below the first Sing‘s $270.4M.  Sing 2 has $152M overseas after a $14M weekend in 63 territories, similarly below its predecessor’s $363.8M.

THE KING’S MAN (20th/Disney) dropped 29% to $1.2M in its 7th weekend, and will hope to stretch to $40M in the US.  Overseas, it’s at a stronger $84.9M.

REDEEMING LOVE (Universal) fell 43% to $1M in its 3rd weekend, and won’t get much higher than $10M in the US.  It hasn’t had a significant international release to date.

LIMITED RELEASE;  THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD (Neon) gave the indie box office the best news it’s had in a while, launching at 4 theaters with an impressive $34K weekend per-theater average, with the hope that this week’s Oscar nominations will propel its expansion to wider release.  The documentary WHO WE ARE (SPE/Sony) widened from 4 theaters to 357 but averaged under $150.  COMPARTMENT NUMBER 6 (Sony Classics) doubled its theater count to 6 and averaged $1900.

NEXT WEEKEND:  A relatively robust calendar for Super Bowl weekend, with the long-postponed DEATH ON THE NILE (20th/Disney), rom-com MARRY ME (Universal, also on Peacock), and the latest Liam Neeson entry BLACKLIGHT (Open Road).


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."