Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ tallies a $71 million opening at home field workplace

(LR) Lauren Ridloff, Don Lee, Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Lia McHugh and Brian Tyree Henry star in Marvel’s “Eternals”.

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“Eternal” can be the lowest-rated film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that didn’t stop moviegoers and ardent fans of the franchise from going to theaters.

The film garnered $ 71 million in ticket sales on its domestic debut, the fourth-highest opening in the pandemic. Disney’s Marvel now holds three of the top four domestic pandemic opening weekends.

Still, “Eternals” is one of the lowest in the franchise. The last film to be toasted on a lower number was “Ant-Man” in 2015, which grossed $ 57.2 million during its domestic debut.

The film was lauded for its diverse talent, but its inclusiveness wasn’t enough to counter a crowded plot and limited character development, critics said.

Globally, the new addition to the MCU reached $ 161.7 million, the second-highest global weekend a Motion Picture Association film released in 2021, just behind Universal’s “F9”.

“Review proof, calendar proof and always a fan favorite, the MCU’s films are undoubtedly some of the most appealing movie fans around the world to have shown their loyalty to this incredibly popular franchise over the past 13 years,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.

“Eternals” opened in key markets such as the UK, France, Germany, South Korea and Australia, but has not yet released a release date in China – one of the top-selling international box offices.

Disclosure: Comcast is the parent company of NBCUniversal and CNBC. NBCUniversal produced and distributed “F9”.