January 17, 2021

US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office Report – 1.17.2021


OPENINGS:  THE MARKSMAN (Open Road) allows Liam Neeson to lay claim to being the most prolific movie star of the pandemic, following on the releases of Honest Thief and the smaller-scale Made In Italy.  Despite a holiday weekend opening, Marksman‘s 3-day $3.2M start is below the $4.1M for Honest Thief, with a 4-day total of $3.7M projected with Monday included.  Honest Thief reached $14.2M in the US, and Marksman should get past $10M.

HOLDOVERS:  This week’s drops were quite low, and WW84 (DC/Warners) lost 13% to $2.6M in its 4th weekend of split HBO Max/theatrical distribution, on its way to perhaps $45M in the US.  (Warners did not estimate a 4-day holiday weekend number.)  Overseas, WW84 is at $105.9M after a $5.2M weekend in 41 territories.

In its 8th weekend of release, and despite a month of VOD availability, THE CROODS: A NEW AGE (DreamWorks/Universal) actually gained 13% to $2M, and it should surpass $45M in the US, with $2.9M projected for the 4-day weekend.  In addition, it’s at $94.7M overseas after a $2.2M weekend in 17 markets.

NEWS OF THE WORLD (Universal, also on VOD) dipped 15% to $1.1M ($1.3M with Monday) in its 4th weekend, and it might reach $12M in the US.

MONSTER HUNTER (Screen Gems/Sony) dropped 17% to $900K ($1.1M with Monday) in its 5th weekend, on its way to $12M or so in the US.  It also has $7M overseas.

FATALE (Lionsgate, also on VOD) was down 19% to $500K ($600K with Monday) in its 5th weekend, and should end up at $6-7M in the US.

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (Focus/Universal, also on VOD) fell 24% to $400K ($500K with Monday) in its 4th weekend, and is likely to settle around $5M in the US.  It also has $700K overseas.

NEXT WEEKEND:  There are no scheduled wide releases.



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."