Last weekend was another encouraging one at the domestic box office with the dual releases of Mortal Kombat and Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train, both of which grossed north of $20 million and injected new life into theaters. Those films retained their top-two positioning in the current frame, but with Demon Slayer adding additional screens to its footprint, the anime swapped places with Mortal Kombat to take the top spot this go-round.
After opening to $21.14 million in its opening weekend, Funimation’s Demon Slayer dropped a steep 70% to bring in an estimated $6.42M in its sophomore frame from 1,905 locations – a count that includes several premium large format screens that were held by Mortal Kombat last weekend. That brings the R-rated anime to $32.22M after 11 days of release (including its opening-day gross two Thursdays ago), which already makes it the third highest-grossing anime film of all time in North America after 1999’s Pokemon: The First Movie ($85.74M) and 2000’s Pokemon the Movie 2000 ($43.76M). It surpassed the lifetime gross of 2019’s Dragon Ball Super: Broly ($30.71M) on Saturday.
Falling to second place, Warner Bros.’ Mortal Kombat took in an estimated $6.24M in its sophomore frame from 3,114 locations, a sharp drop of 73% from its opening gross of $23.3M. That’s a much steeper second-weekend descent than the 1995 adaptation of the long-running video game franchise, which dipped 55% in its second weekend (albeit in non-pandemic times). The video-game reboot now has $34.09M after ten days of release.
Compared with similar pandemic-era titles, the new Mortal Kombat’s sophomore slump is notably pronounced. In January, Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman 1984 fell 68% in its second weekend, while the studio’s Godzilla vs. Kong declined just 56% in its sophomore frame last month. All three were concurrently available on HBO Max.
The second-weekend declines of Demon Slayer and Mortal Kombat aren’t necessarily surprising given that both fall into traditionally front-loaded genres. Anime and video-game adaptations draw audiences made up largely of young males who tend to rush out on opening weekend, often leading to precipitous second-weekend declines for those genres.
Godzilla vs. Kong held steady in third place with an estimated $2.74M, a decline of 36% from last weekend. The Warner Bros. tentpole has $90.31M after five weeks of release.
Opening in fourth was the poorly-reviewed Open Road/Briarcliff horror title Separation, which debuted with a relatively disappointing $1.83M from 1,751 locations. That’s significantly less than The Unholy made in its debut frame in early April, when it grossed $3.15M from 1,850 theaters.
In fifth, Disney’s leggy Raya and the Last Dragon grossed an estimated $1.34M in its ninth weekend of release, bringing the total for the animated adventure to $41.58M.
Sixth place went to Universal’s Nobody, which brought in an estimated $1.26M in its sixth weekend of release. The Bob Odenkirk action title, which has had a relatively long tail in terms of pandemic box office, has $23.36M to date.
Sony/Screen Gems’ The Unholy took seventh place with an estimated $1.07M in its fifth weekend, bringing the total for the horror title to $13.13M.
Boasting the best per-screen average in the top 10 was Universal’s 10th anniversary re-release of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which took in an estimated $720,000 from just 152 locations for a per-screen average of $4,737 in eighth place.
Opening outside the top 10 in limited release was the BAFTA-nominated British comedy-drama Limbo, which took in an estimated $90,000 from 208 theaters.
Mortal Kombat grossed an estimated $3M from 39 international markets, bringing its overseas cume to $32.8M and its global total to $66.9M.
Godzilla vs. Kong brought in an estimated $2.7M from 42 markets for an international total of $325.1M and a global tally of $415.5M, including $185.5M in China.
|Title||Estimated weekend||% change||Locations||Location change||Average||Total||Weekend||Distributor|
|Demon Slayer The Movi…||$6,421,514||-72%||1,905||300||$3,371||$34,140,444||2||FUNimation|
|Mortal Kombat||$6,235,000||-73%||3,114||41||$2,002||$34,087,000||2||Warner Bros.|
|Godzilla vs. Kong||$2,740,000||-36%||2,753||-103||$995||$90,310,000||5||Warner Bros.|
|Raya and the Last Dragon||$1,335,000||-23%||1,810||-9||$738||$41,580,947||9||Walt Disney|
|The Unholy||$1,065,000||-27%||1,538||-297||$692||$13,130,419||5||Sony Pictures|
|Scott Pilgrim vs. The…||$720,000||152||$4,737||$32,331,316||560||Universal|
|Tom and Jerry||$515,000||-29%||1,209||-721||$426||$44,203,000||10||Warner Bros.|
|Together Together||$313,051||-41%||659||-6||$475||$1,018,378||2||Bleecker Street|
|Four Good Days||$303,000||298||$1,017||$303,000||1||Vertical Entertainment|
|The Girl Who Believes…||$195,000||-44%||728||-213||$268||$2,767,725||5||Atlas Distribution|
|The Croods: A New Age||$180,000||-11%||1,111||-45||$162||$57,576,520||23||Universal|
|The Father||$147,000||83%||713||138||$206||$1,887,805||8||Sony Pictures Classics|
|The Resort||$95,000||114||$833||$95,000||1||Vertical Entertainment|
|In the Earth||$54,400||-74%||215||-356||$253||$958,150||3||Neon|
|The War with Grandpa||$9,560||-63%||150||-45||$64||$21,189,473||30||101 Studios|