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”.

‘Free Man’ field workplace second week maintain tallies $18.eight million

Jodie Comer and Ryan Reynolds star in “Free Guy” at 20th Century Studios.

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A charismatic Ryan Reynolds and good word of mouth helped Walt Disney’s “Free Guy” stays at the top of the box office.

The film added another $ 18.8 million domestically over the weekend, a 34% decrease from its opening balance.

This number, held as the second week by industry analysts, indicates whether a movie has stamina at the box office. For most films, a 50-60% drop is the norm.

“We don’t see a 34% drop like this very often, especially in the era of the pandemic,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.

In fact, from week one to week two, Free Guy had the best movie of any movie that had more than $ 10 million in ticket sales last year. In total, the film has raised $ 112 million worldwide since its release.

“It’s another great signal of what a hit movie can do in theaters,” said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com. “The entertainment surrounding this film captures in a way that is unique to the cinema experience and distribution channel.”

Much of the movie’s box office hit has been linked to its star Reynolds, positive word of mouth, and its all-theatrical release.

The film is a rarity in the current market because it is only available in cinemas and because it is an original concept. Most of the high profile films that only appeared in theaters – such as Universals “F9” and Paramounts “A Quiet Place Part II” – belong to established film franchises and offer them a ready-made fan base.

It is the same was difficult with hybrid releases, to like Warner Bros. ‘ “The Suicide Squad” to see if the pandemic had affected ticket sales or if the movie was available to stream at home.

“Free Guy was proof that even in this unusual marketplace, good old-fashioned word of mouth and a very socially-minded Ryan Reynolds can make an exclusive motion picture a solid second weekend deal,” said Dergarabedian.

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