April 3, 2022

Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 4.3.2022


OPENINGS:  The MCU-adjacent MORBIUS (Marvel/Columbia/Sony) was unable to pull off Venom‘s feat of opening big despite lousy reviews.  Its $39.1M weekend was less than half of Venom‘s $80.3M, and negative word of mouth was evident in the 24% Friday-to-Saturday drop.  It’s never a good sign when the best spin a studio can put on its opening is to point to the moderate production budget, and in the case of Morbius, the $75-80M budget was boosted by 2 full years of marketing costs.  The calendar is about to start getting competitive, so Morbius may have trouble getting much past $100M in the US.  Overseas, where it’s currently in 62 territories that include most of the majors (it’s unclear whether the film will have a China release), Morbius opened with an OK $44.9M.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 (Paramount), which opens here next weekend and marks the first wide family release since Sing 2, launched in 31 international markets representing about half the world with a quiet $25.5M.

THE BAD GUYS (DreamWorks Animation/Universal, US opening April 22) also pursued the overseas animated family market with $29.8M after a $10.5M weekend in 41 territories.

HOLDOVERS:  THE LOST CITY (Paramount) dropped 51% from last week’s opening to $14.8M, and will hope to reach $100M in the US before it’s done.  It’s barely started international release with $7M so far.

THE BATMAN (DC/Warners) fell 47% to $10.8M in its 5th weekend, on its way to $385M in the US.  Overseas, it’s reached $361.5M after a $13.4M weekend in worldwide release in 76 markets.

UNCHARTED (Columbia/Sony) lost 28% to $3.6M in its 7th weekend, stretching toward $150M in the US.  Its more robust overseas total is $234.2M.

JUJUTSU KAISEN 0 (CrunchyRoll) tumbled 57% to $2M in its 3rd weekend, on target for $35M in the US.  Its overseas $119.4M is largely driven by its home base of Japan ($107.8M).

The Indian-language market is strong but incredibly front-loaded, and RRR (Sarigama) crumbled by 83% from last week’s opening to $1.6M, and may not see $15M in the US.

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME (Marvel/Columbia/Sony), which unlike Morbius was guided creatively by the Disney MCU team, dipped 30% to $1.6M in its 16th weekend, and might keep going to $810M in the US.  Its overseas total is $1.09B.

2022’s most notable sleeper DOG (UA/MGM) was down 38% to $1.3M in Weekend 7, and should hit $65M in the US.  It has $12.3M in limited overseas release.

X (A24) fell 53% to $1M in its 3rd weekend, and probably won’t make it to $15M in the US.  It’s barely been released overseas to date.

LIMITED RELEASE:  EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE (A24) continued to do sensational business, expanding to 38 theaters with a $27K weekend per-theater average.  It goes wide next weekend.  THE CONTRACTOR (STX, also on VOD) bombed with an $1100 weekend average at 489.  YOU WON’T BE ALONE (Focus/Universal) found few takers with a $900 average at 147.  The documentary WATERMAN (Purdle) averaged $4600 at 13.  MOTHERING SUNDAY (Sony Classics) expanded to 19 with a weak $800 average.  Despite rave reviews, AHED’S KNEE (Kino Lorber) averaged $700 at 18.

NEXT WEEKEND:  As noted, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Everything Everywhere All the Time begin their wide US runs.  The action opening of the week is Michael Bay’s AMBULANCE (Universal), which has $18.7M in early international 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."