Happy post-Oscars Monday. Last night/this morning’s ceremony gave us a lot to chew on and we’ll certainly be talking about it for quite some time. For now, however, let’s take a break and enjoy some good old-fashioned movie violence. Like the days of yore.
Mortal Kombat may not have been the critical hit of the season, but it did strong commercial business for Warner Bros. even with the mixed reviews. From 3,073 theaters, it grossed a healthy $22.5 million, which was more than enough to have it sit comfortably at the top of the box office. With an R-rating and not-great critical word, people were still keen to see spines ripped out of bodies from the comfort of the cinema rather than their own home. Sometimes, you need that ambiance. Mortal Kombat didn’t quite pull in the opening weekend numbers of fellow WB title Godzilla vs. Kong, but given that it’s a video game movie not aimed at kids, that gross is still nothing to sneeze at.
Debuting at number two, we have a very unexpected title. Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train is a movie sequel to the first season of an anime adaptation of a shōnen manga series by Koyoharu Gotouge. When this movie debuted in Japan, it became the country’s highest-grossing film of all time. It’s ahead of Spirited Away, Your Name, and even Titanic. So that should give you a good indication of how big a deal this franchise is. But even with that knowledge, seeing this film bring in over $19.5 million from only 1,600 theaters is startling. That’s a $12,213 per-cinema average! Did I mention it’s also an R-rated anime?
Another new film in the top ten this weekend is Together Together, starring Ed Helms, which made $522,440 for Bleeker Street Media from 655 theaters, enough to have its debut at number eight.
Internationally, Godzilla vs. Kong passed $400 million worldwide, and it remains the third highest-grossing title of 2021 so far. I’m not sure anything will catch up to the top earner, the Chinese film Hi, Mom, and its $829 million. Not for now, at least. Let’s see what happens over the Summer.
This coming week sees the release of films like the indie drama Four Good Days, starring Glenn Close and Mila Kunis, as well as the delightful Scottish film Limbo and the 10th-anniversary re-release of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Expect a couple more re-releases of familiar titles over the next couple of months. Cinemas may be ready to reopen en masse but studios are still hesitant to fully pull the trigger.
You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.
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