The domestic box office showed yet another sign of recovery this weekend: two new titles opened above $15 million respectively. Warner Bros.’ action video game adaptation Mortal Kombat topped the box office with a $22.5 million haul from 3,073 screens. It was followed by Japansese anime import Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie:Mugen Train, which exceeded all expectations in what is estimated to be a $19.5 million opening weekend. It is the first time during the pandemic the domestic market has welcomed two simultaneous new releases at this level. According to estimates, this weekend could become the highest-grossing frame during the pandemic at the domestic box office––the first in over a year with over $50 million in cumulative ticket sales.
Mortal Kombat‘s scored the highest debut for an R-rated movie during the pandemic and the second largest opening weekend behind Warner Bros.’ Godzilla vs Kong. Warner Bros. titles have led the domestic box office in nine of 2021’s seventeen weekends to date, accounting for 48 percent of the domestic market share as rival studios continue to delay high-profile titles to later in the year.
Los Angeles and New York represented the film’s top two DMAs for Mortal Kombat. Six of the film’s top ten performing theaters were located in the state of Texas.
Top Domestic DMAs – Opening Weekend
- Los Angeles, CA
- New York, NY
- Dallas, TX
- Houston, TX
- Chicago, IL
- Phoenix, AZ
- San Francisco, CA
- Atlanta, GA
- Orlando, FL
- Philadelphia, PA
Top Domestic Locations – Opening Weekend
- AMC Burbank Los Angeles, CA
- Santikos Palladium San Antonio, TX
- Cinemark Tinseltown El Paso, TX
- Santikos Casa Blanca San Antonio, TX
- AMC Orange Los Angeles, CA
- Cinemark Pharr Town Center, TX
- AMC Empire New York, NY
- Cinemark Century 16 Corpus Christi, TX
- AMC Gulf Pointe Houston, TX
- MC Southlake Pavilion Atlanta, GA
Imax screenings represented 11 percent of the Mortal Kombat‘s overall domestic gross, contributing $2.5 million in North America. Globally, Mortal Kombat has earned a total of $4.3 million on Imax.
Mortal Kombat opened day-and-date on HBO Max, and while Warner Bros. did not provide home viewership figures it did indicate the film earned $2 million from its Canadian PVOD release, where a significant portion of the country’s theaters remain closed.
Mortal Kombat added $6.3 million from 36 markets to raise its overseas tally to $27.6 million. The film opened to $3.2 million in Australia, becoming the third-highest rated R debut of all time in the country. Russia is the film’s second-highest performing market with $10.2 million after three weeks in release. Mortal Kombat has grossed $50.1 million worldwide and is scheduled to expand to the UK on May 17, Brazil on May 20, and Japan on June 18.
Warner Bros. set a major global box office milestone this weekend with its other major title currently in release, Godzilla vs. Kong, crossing the $400 million benchmark. The kaiju showdown finished in third place at the domestic box office this weekend with $4.2 million from 2,856 screens while adding $5.7 million from 41 overseas markets. Godzilla vs. Kong has grossed a total of $86.6 domestically and $320 million overseas for a $406.6 global cume. Top markets are led by China ($183.1 million), followed by North America (U.S. & Canada, $86.6 million), Australia ($20.1 million), Mexico ($18.2 million), and Taiwan ($12.4 million).
Demon Slayer is expected to finish the weekend around $19.5 million from 1,600 locations, totaling a robust per screen average of $4,029. The movie made the most out of the current market conditions by claiming premium auditoriums in 4DX, Dolby, and Imax formats that would have been otherwise difficult to secure.
Demon Slayer‘s impressive opening weekend was enough to secure it the seventh spot among all anime titles at the domestic box office. The film came in after a record-setting run in its native Japan, where it opened in October 2020 to become the highest-grossing film of all time in the market. The title’s North American run is being handled by Aniplex of America and Funimation. With this result, distributor Funimation now counts on seven of the top twenty highest-grossing anime titles in the domestic market.
The few best picture nominees still in theatrical release experienced a negligible Oscars bump leading to Sunday’s Academy Awards. A24’s Minari took in $141k from 704 screens to hit $2.7 million. Sony Pictures Classics’ The Father grossed $73k from 575 screens to reach $1.7 million. Focus Features’ Promising Young Woman took in $70k from 744 screens for a $6.4 million total. Warner Bros.’ Judas and the Black Messiah added $38k from 714 screens to hit $5.4 million.
|Title||Estimated weekend||% change||Locations||Location change||Average||Total||Weekend||Distributor|
|Mortal Kombat||$22,515,000||3,073||$7,327||$22,515,000||1||Warner Bros.|
|Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train||$19,500,000||1,605||$12,150||$19,500,000||1||Funimation|
|Godzilla vs. Kong||$4,200,000||-46%||2,856||-145||$1,471||$86,576,000||4||Warner Bros.|
|Raya and the Last Dragon||$1,680,000||-13%||1,819||-126||$924||$39,844,169||8||Walt Disney|
|The Unholy||$1,400,000||-32%||1,835||-222||$763||$11,545,129||4||Sony Pictures|
|Tom and Jerry||$650,000||-40%||1,930||-98||$337||$43,472,000||9||Warner Bros.|
|Together Together||$522,440||665||$786||$522,440||1||Bleecker Street|
|In the Earth||$204,000||-60%||571||-523||$357||$894,665||2||Neon|
|The Croods: A New Age||$191,000||-37%||1,156||-13||$165||$57,339,623||22||Universal|
|The Marksman||$70,000||-57%||222||-109||$315||$15,546,574||15||Open Road|
|Promising Young Woman||$70,000||-30%||744||108||$94||$6,449,795||18||Focus Features|
|Judas and the Black Messiah||$38,000||-33%||714||-69||$53||$5,422,000||11||Warner Bros.|
|SAS: Red Notice||$37,000||-53%||151||-38||$245||$146,329||2||Vertical Entertainment|
|Wrong Turn||$35,827||-26%||46||-17||$779||$1,177,031||13||Saban Films|
|The War with Grandpa||$25,327||-9%||195||-20||$130||$21,173,287||29||101 Studios|
|News of the World||$10,000||-62%||92||-51||$109||$12,667,350||18||Universal|