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411 Box Office Report: Spider-Man: No Way Home Four-Peats At #1, The 355 Starts Cold

January 9, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Spider-Man: No Way Home Image Credit: Matt Kennedy/Sony

Spider-Man: No Way Home continued its record run through the box office this weekend, spending a fourth frame at #1. The MCU blockbuster racked up another $33 million, down a solid 41% in its fourth weekend, to top the charts once again with ease.

No Way Home has now grossed $668.8 million domestically and $1.536 billion worldwide, moving past Jurassic World and Titanic to hit #6 on the all-time domestic list. Avengers: Infinity War’s $678.8 million is next, and there’s little doubt that the movie will top $700 million domestically at this point. That will put it past Black Panther as the #4 all-time domestic grosser. It is at #8 on the worldwide chart and shouldn’t have issues getting past the live-action Lion King’s $1.654 billion, nor Jurassic World’s $1.67 billion. It is of course a massive hit, even against a $200 million budget.

Sing 2 also held on decently well, down just 41% in its third weekend to $12 million. The animated sequel managed to bring in that much despite hitting VOD over this weekend, making it even more impressive. Sing 2 is now at $109 million domestically and $190.8 million worldwide. It won’t top the original’s $270.4 million domestic or $634.2 million worldwide, but it’s in fine shape and should be able to land at around $140 million in the states. The film cost $85 million to make, plus marketing.

Meanwhile, the weekend’s new release flopped in The 355. The ensemble action film brought in $4.8 million, missing Universal Pictures’ hoped-for high single digits start. It’s an example of a poorly-marketed film not getting out to the masses, amplified by the low buzz for it. The film has no critical backing, with a not-good 27% aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes.

That said, those that did see it quite liked it. The female ensemble-led film has a B+ CinemaScore and an 82% audience score on RT, which would be great if this movie’s prospects weren’t already sunk. It’s hard for an action flick to hold on when the start is so low, even if it has good word of mouth. This one may be able to get to $12 million domestically, but with a reported $40 million-plus budget this is the first money loser of the year.

The King’s Man continues to hold on well, even if it’s a bit late for that. The period action prequel scored another $3.3 million in its third weekend, down just 28% from last weekend’s numbers. The KIingsman film now stands at $25.1 million domestically and $74.3 million worldwide, which are not bad numbers on the surface. But considering the film likely cost a lot (we don’t have budget numbers), this is still likely to lose money. A $40 million final still seems the endgame.

Sports drama American Underdog is continuing to show its strength, with a drop of just 38% in its third frame to $2.4 million. The Zachary Levi-starring film now stands at $18.7 million, a very solid number for what was likely not an expensive movie to make. It should close out at around $25 million to $28 million.

The Matrix Resurrections slipped 51% in its third weekend to $1.9 million. That brings the revival sequel up to $34.3 million domestically and $124.5 million worldwide, showing the film’s domestic weakness but international strength. It would have to be a lot stronger to avoid a loss though, as the budget was reportedly $190 million which it will not be able to top. The domestic take now looks likely to end at $45 million or so.

West Side Story brought in $1.4 million in its fifth weekend, down 35%. The Steven Spielberg-directed musical has now grossed $32.2 million domestically and $53.1 million, not good against a reported $100 million budget. It will lose money, with final domestic take landing probably around $43 million.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife was off just 23% in its eighth weekend, holding on well after last weekend’s boost. The film grossed $1.1 million, bringing its totals to $125 million domestically and a $191.2 million worldwide. This one is a hit Sony Pictures against a $75 million budget.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza eased 21% in its fifth weekend, bringing in $1 million. The period dramedy now sits at $8.2 million domestically and $8.5 million worldwide with just a few markets overseas so far. No word on its budget, and it depends on how it continues to pick up steam in award season, but $12 million or more seems destined to be.

House of Gucci jumped back into the top 10 as it slipped just 21% in its seventh weekend. The Ridley Scott-directed drama grossed $632,000 this weekend. It now sits at $50.1 million domestically and $127.5 million worldwide. With a $75 million budget, it still may not hit the black but award season could help it out.

Next weekend should see Spider-Man knocked off his box office webs, as Scream hits theaters. The fifth film in the slasher franchise is targeting a $30 million to $35 million opening take as the sole wide release and a hotly-anticipated return of the franchise – as well as the first horror film to hit wide since October.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Domestic Numbers)
1. Spider-Man: No Way Home – $33 million ($668.8 million total, $1.536 billion WW)
2. Sing 2 – $12 million ($109 million total, $190.8 million WW)
3. The 355 – $4.8 million ($4.8 million total, $4.8 million WW)
4. The King’s Man – $3.3 million ($25.1 million, $74.3 million WW)
5. American Underdog – $2.4 million ($18.7 million total, $18.7 million WW)
6. The Matrix Resurrections – $1.9 million ($34.3 million total, $124.5 million WW)
7. West Side Story – $1.4 million ($32.2 million total, $53.1 million WW)
8. Ghostbusters: Afterlife – $1.1 million ($125.1 million total, $191.2 million WW)
9. Licorice Pizza – $1 million ($8.2 million total, $8.5 million WW)
10. House of Gucci – $632,000 ($50.1 million total, $127.5 million WW)