November 29, 2020

US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office Report – 11.29.2020


OPENINGS:  Under the current circumstances, the 5-day $17M opening ($9.7M Friday-Sunday) for THE CROODS: A NEW AGE (DreamWorks Animation/Universal) counts as a win, with comparisons to the original Croods or any other Thanksgiving release fairly pointless.  The film also earned $19.2M in China and $1.6M in 6 smaller international markets.  New Age reportedly had production/marketing costs of around $125M+, and as with the other titles Universal has released over the past several weeks, it falls under the studio’s deal with most major theatre chains that will allow premium-priced digital availability before Christmas.  Its economic picture will be tied to its success on those platforms, where its major competition will be the Christmas Day Disney+ release of Soul.

HOLDOVERS:  The relative success of Croods: A New Age didn’t extend to the rest of the market, which sank despite the holiday.  FREAKY (Blumhouse/Universal) fell 40% over the 3-day weekend to $770K ($1.1M with Wed/Thurs), with a possibility of reaching $10M in the US, and it also has $4.9M internationally after an $870K weekend in 29 territories.  It will be available digitally later this week.

THE WAR WITH GRANDPA (101) stabilized after last week’s drop, down 14% to $640K for the weekend ($890K for the full holiday period), still aiming at $20M in the US.  It has $8.4M overseas.

LET HIM GO (Focus/Universal), which is already available digitally, fell 37% to $450K in US theatres ($670K over the full holiday), and might hit $10M in the US.  Overseas, it has $600K after a $280K weekend in 9 markets.

COME PLAY (Focus/Universal), also available digitally, lost 31% to $390K for the weekend ($520K for the full holiday), also aiming at $10M in the US.  It’s earned $2.1M overseas.

HONEST THIEF (Open Road) dipped 22% to $350K for the weekend ($470K over the full holiday), and may reach $15M in the US, with $13.2M overseas.

TENET (Warners) dropped 17% to $300K over the weekend ($440K for the full holiday), seemingly unlikely to see $60M in the US with home release just 2 weeks away.  It’s at $300.4M overseas after a $1.2M weekend.

NEXT WEEKEND:  Universal continues to almost singlehandedly keep theatres open with the wide release of HALF BROTHERS (Focus/Universal).  In addition, Oscar hopeful NOMADLAND (Searchlight/Disney) is set to begin a limited theatrical release, although it isn’t clear what that will mean.

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."