WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Little Things Takes Top Spot With Solid $4.8 Million

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

The latest test of Warner Bros.’ day-and-date theatrical and streaming strategy arrived this weekend with The Little Things, the Denzel Washington vehicle co-starring Rami Malek and Jared Leto. Debuting in 2,171 locations, the serial killer thriller finished in first place with an estimated $4.8 million in its opening frame, a solid result given the film’s simultaneous availability on the HBO Max streaming platform.

As noted by the studio, The Little Things is the biggest opening for an R-rated film since the beginning of the pandemic, with 62% of the opening weekend audience being over the age of 35 — not surprising given Washington’s appeal with older moviegoers. Top markets for the film were Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix, Houston, Greater New York Metro Area and Chicago. Only about 44% of domestic theaters are currently open in North America.

The Little Things did reasonably well in exit polling, garnering an overall B- Cinemascore with audiences. Critics liked it considerably less, with the film currently sitting at 48% on Rotten Tomatoes. That may have dampened the enthusiasm of some potential moviegoers – at least in terms of shelling out money for a ticket to see the film in theaters.

Universal’s The Croods: A New Age held steady in second place with an estimated $1.84 million, up 2% from last weekend. The leggy Dreamworks Animation sequel now has $43.95 million through the end of its tenth weekend, with no signs yet of slowing down from its current pace.

Wonder Woman 1984 finished at No. 3 with an estimated $1.3 million in its sixth weekend, a drop of just 19% from last weekend’s tally. The Warner Bros. sequel has $39.2 million to date.

In fourth place, two-weekend champ The Marksman dropped 38% to an estimated $1.25 million in its third weekend of release, giving the Liam Neeson thriller a total of $7.83 million to date. The film is trailing slightly behind the gross of Neeson’s previous theatrical release, Honest Thief, which had $9.56 million through the same time frame on around 300 more screens. It’s worth noting that the latter film was released in the fall, when the pandemic was at a lower ebb.

Sony’s Monster Hunter came in at No. 5 with an estimated $740,000, putting the video game adaptation at $11.14 million through the end of its seventh weekend.

Universal’s News of the World finished at No. 6 in its sixth weekend, grossing an estimated $540,00 for a total of $10.36 million to date.

Bleecker Street opened the critically acclaimed Colin Firth-Stanley Tucci drama Supernova on 330 screens and brought in an estimated $98,670, good for a per-screen average of $299.

Gravitas Ventures expanded the Jason Segel-Casey Affleck dramedy Our Friend into 818 locations and grossed an estimated $135,000, a drop of 44% from its debut.

OVERSEAS

The Little Things grossed an estimated $2.8 million from 18 markets, most notably Russia, where it opened at No. 2 for the weekend. The next major market for the film is Australia, where it’s slated to open on Feb. 18.

The Croods: A New Age crossed $100 million internationally this weekend with an estimated $1.3 million, bringing its overseas total to $100.43 million and its global tally to $144.38 million.

Wonder Woman 1984 took in an estimated $1.1 million overseas, bringing its international cume to $112.8 million and its global total to $152 million.


Sunday’s Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)

FRI, JAN. 29 – SUN, JAN. 31

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Little Things $4,800,000 2,171 $2,211 $4,800,000 1 Warner Bros. / New Line
2 The Croods: A New Age $1,840,000 2% 1,901 25 $968 $43,947,065 10 Universal Pictures
3 Wonder Woman 1984 $1,300,000 -19% 1,864 -149 $697 $39,200,000 6 Warner Bros.
4 The Marksman $1,250,000 -38% 2,018 0 $619 $7,828,467 3 Open Road / Briarcliff Entertainment
5 Monster Hunter $740,000 -10% 1,515 -146 $488 $11,142,807 7 Sony Pictures
6 News of The World $540,000 -31% 1,674 -200 $323 $10,356,925 6 Universal Pictures
7 Promising Young Woman $260,000 -34% 1,056 -180 $246 $4,360,870 6 Focus Features
8 Fatale $220,000 -45% 1,022 -108 $215 $5,593,602 7 Lionsgate

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The War With Grandpa $147,050 -8% 525 18 $280 $19,642,183 17 101 Studios
2 Our Friend $135,000 -46% 818 275 $165 $446,060 2 Gravitas Ventures
3 Supernova $98,670 330 $299 $98,670 1 Bleecker Street
4 Come Play $95,000 -2% 164 -2 $579 $10,062,645 14 Focus Features
5 Remember the Titans (2021 re-release) $65,000 730 $89 $65,000 1 Disney
6 Freaky $30,000 -23% 150 16 $200 $8,987,040 12 Universal Pictures

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