With no new wide releases hitting theaters this weekend during an overall slow December, Universal’s The Croods: A New Age easily retained the No. 1 spot at the North American box office with an estimated $3 million, a drop of just 32% from last weekend’s tally. That gives the Dreamworks Animation sequel a total of $24.3 million to date, putting it in second position among pandemic-era releases after Warner Bros.’ Tenet ($57.8 million).
It’s worth noting that only around 40% of theaters are currently open in North America, with many municipalities having shut down multiplexes during a record-breaking winter surge in new coronavirus cases. That puts the remainder of this weekend’s chart in sub-$500,000 territory, including the No. 2 film Half Brothers, which grossed an estimated $490,000 in its second weekend of release. The immigration-themed comedy from Focus Features has brought in $1.38 million to date.
Third place went to Warner Bros.’ re-release of the Will Ferrell holiday comedy Elf, which grossed an estimated $395,000 for a total of $2.2 million since it first began playing select theaters in July.
No. 4 went to Universal’s body-swap horror-comedy Freaky, which brought in an estimated $315,000 this weekend for a domestic cume of $8.2 million.
In its tenth weekend of release, 101 Studios’ The War with Grandpa grossed an estimated $266,864 over the three-day frame, good enough for fifth place. The total for the Robert De Niro comedy is now $17.96 million.
Bleecker Street released the Emily Blunt drama Wild Mountain Thyme on 450 screens and brought in an estimated $100,000 in its debut weekend.
The Croods: A New Age brought in an estimated $8.44 million in 12 markets, including a No. 1 opening in Mexico, bringing its international cume to $52.08 million and its worldwide tally to $76.34 million. The majority of this weekend’s gross came from China, where the film held well with an estimated $6.6 million and has grossed $46 million to date. It has now surpassed Mulan to become the second highest-grossing MPA release in the country this year after Tenet.
Warner Bros.’ The Witches grossed an estimated $2.2 million from 37 markets, including $1.2 million in Australia where it opened in first place this weekend. The Anne Hathaway-starring remake now has $22 million worldwide (it debuted directly on HBOMax in North America).
Sony’s Monster Hunter, which is slated for release next weekend in North America, grossed an estimated $1.3 million overseas for an international total of $4.8 million so far.
Sunday’s Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)
FRI, DEC. 11 – SUN, DEC. 13
|1||The Croods: A New Age||$3,010,000||-32%||2,115||-90||$1,423||$24,260,105||3||Universal Pictures|
|2||Half Brothers||$490,000||-30%||1,386||17||$354||$1,381,525||2||Focus Features|
|4||The War With Grandpa||$266,864||-16%||1,080||-205||$247||$17,964,819||10||101 Studios|
|1||All My Life||$215,000||-42%||965||-5||$223||$695,930||2||Universal Pictures|
|2||Come Play||$176,000||-23%||610||-163||$289||$9,209,715||7||Focus Features|
|3||Die Hard (2020 re-release)||$136,000||-28%||823||-349||$165||$325,000||2|
|4||Honest Thief||$135,000||-30%||625||-160||$216||$14,020,771||9||Open Road Films|
|5||How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2020 re-release)||$126,000||—||300||—||$420||$126,000||1||Universal|
|7||Let Him Go||$121,000||-42%||765||-348||$158||$9,207,050||6||Focus Features|
|8||Wild Mountain Thyme||$100,466||—||450||—||$223||$100,466||1||Bleecker Street|
|9||Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, CODA: The Death of Michael Corleone||$15,000||-73%||156||-23||$96||$87,923||2||Paramount Pictures|
|10||The New Mutants||$11,000||242%||234||204||$47||$23,844,036||16||20th Century Studios|
|11||The Empty Man||$5,000||303%||175||105||$29||$2,987,855||8||20th Century Studios|
|2||The Forgotten Carols||$28,300||-31%||70||2||$404||$399,524||4||Purdie Distribution|