With no new wide releases debuting over the New Year’s weekend, Wonder Woman 1984 easily retained the top spot at the box office with an estimated $5.5 million from 2,151 locations, representing a steep 67% drop from last weekend’s $16.7 million debut (the highest since the pandemic took hold in the U.S. in mid-March). The top five markets for the film were Salt Lake City, Dallas, Phoenix, the Great New York Metro Area (i.e. theaters outside New York City) and Houston.
WW84’s bigger-than-expected decline could be due to a variety of factors, including the film’s mixed reception as well as its simultaneous availability on the HBO Max streaming platform. Regardless, with little in the way of new competition in January, the Warner Bros. release could conceivably maintain its No. 1 ranking at the box office for several weeks. It has $28.5 million in the North America to date.
Holding steady in second place was Universal’s The Croods: A New Age, which grossed an estimated $2.18 million from 1,751 theaters in its sixth weekend of release – an increase of 25% from last weekend. The Dreamworks Animation sequel has $34.51 million to date.
Coming in third was Universal’s News of the World, which dipped 25% to an estimated $1.69 million in its sophomore frame. The total for the Tom Hanks Western is $5.4 million.
Fourth place went to Sony’s Monster Hunter, which brought in an estimated $1.25 million from 1,807 locations — about even with last weekend’s total. The video game adaptation now has $6.26 million through the end of its third weekend of release.
Lionsgate’s Fatale finished in fifth place with an estimated $700,000 in its third weekend, a 6% increase. Its domestic total now stands at $3.09 million.
Bolstered by strong critical reviews and word-of-mouth, Focus Features’ Promising Young Woman dipped just 8% in its second weekend to an estimated $660,000 in 1,333 theaters, good enough for sixth place. Its total now stands at $1.9 million.
Disney re-released 20th Century Studios’ 1979 sci-fi/horror classic Alien in 505 theaters and grossed an estimated $75,000.
Wonder Woman 1984 grossed an estimated $10.1 million overseas, a precipitous 72% decline from last weekend’s $36.1 million. The international tally for the Warner Bros. sequel now stands at $90 million and the global total is $118.5 million. Top markets to date include China ($25 million), Australia ($11.5 million) and Taiwan ($8.1 million). WW84 releases in Russia on Jan. 14.
The Croods: A New Age grossed an estimated $7.62 million in 17 territories, bringing its international total to $80.44 million and its global cume to $114.96 million. Nearly half of its worldwide tally has come from China, where the animated sequel has $52.5 million to date.
Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)
FRI, JAN. 1 – SUN, JAN. 3
|1||Wonder Woman 1984||$5,500,000||-67%||2,151||51||$2,557||$28,500,000||2||Warner Bros.|
|2||The Croods: A New Age||$2,180,000||25%||1,751||25||$1,245||$34,514,280||6||Universal Pictures|
|3||News of The World||$1,690,000||-25%||1,928||28||$877||$5,407,170||2||Universal Pictures|
|4||Monster Hunter||$1,250,000||14%||1,807||0||$692||$6,257,000||3||Sony Pictures|
|6||Promising Young Woman||$660,000||-8%||1,333||23||$495||$1,868,180||2||Focus Features|
|1||The War With Grandpa||$113,983||27%||305||-210||$374||$18,667,688||13||101 Studios|
|2||Alien (2021 re-release)||$75,000||—||505||—||$149||$75,000||1||20th Century Studios|
|4||Come Play||$55,000||28%||110||-13||$500||$9,560,540||10||Focus Features|
|5||Half Brothers||$40,000||11%||134||-52||$299||$2,056,150||5||Focus Features|
|1||Let Him Go||$8,000||18%||49||-5||$163||$9,355,940||9||Focus Features|