April 18, 2021

US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office Report – 4.18.2021


OPENINGS:  There were no truly wide openings this weekend, but the pandemic horror movie IN THE EARTH (Neon) arrived at the low end of “wide” in 547 theatres and started quietly at $500K.

Next weekend’s likely #1 US opening MORTAL KOMBAT (Warners) has reached $19.2M overseas after a $5.7M weekend in 28 territories.

HOLDOVERS:  With no new competition, GODZILLA VS KONG (Warners, also on HBO Max) stayed on top despite a 45% Weekend 3 drop, with $7.7M and a path to $100M in the US.  It had already become the highest-grossing domestic pandemic release, and after a $12.2M weekend in 41 markets it’s also passed Tenet internationally ($309.7M vs. $305.2M) and worldwide ($390.2M vs. $363.7M).

With one exception, other holdovers were much steadier.  NOBODY (Universal, also on VOD) didn’t suffer at all for its home availability, down 5% to $2.5M in its 4th weekend, and on track for $25M in the US.  It also has $15.5M overseas after a $1.4M weekend in 13 regions.

THE UNHOLY (Screen Gems/Sony) dipped 14% to $2.1M in its 3rd weekend and may hit $15M in the US, with less than $500K overseas to date.

RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON (Disney, also on Disney+) lost 14% to $1.9M in its 7th weekend, and may reach $45M in the US.  It’s at $58M overseas.

TOM & JERRY (Warners) was down 10% to $1.1M in its 8th weekend, also on its way to $45M in the US, with $58.8M overseas.

Last week’s opening VOYAGERS (Lionsgate) fell 43% to $800K, and may not get past $5M in the US.  It has about $200K overseas.

The Christian title THE GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN MIRACLES (Atlas) upped its theatre count by about 10% and was steady at $600K in its 3rd weekend, climbing toward $5M in the US.  It hasn’t yet opened overseas.

NEXT WEEKEND:  Along with Mortal Kombat, there will be fantasy for a more niche audience with DEMON SLAYER: THE MOVIE (Funimation).

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."