The glamorous spy of “The 355” doesn’t have any competition with the movie theater’s reigning cyber ranger.
Spider-Man’s box-office dominance continued in theaters in its fourth weekend, adding another $33 million, according to Sunday’s studio estimates. With $668.8 million in North American box office receipts to date, “Spider-Man: Nowhere” is now the sixth-highest domestic film of all time. Globally, it ranks eighth with $1.5 billion.
The only big new film this weekend is Universal’s “355,” a film by Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger and Penelope The original spy thriller starring Cruz opened in 3,145 North American theaters with $4.8 million, ranking third. Directed by Simon Kinberg, the review for the Global League of Female Spies isn’t great: it has a 27% share on Rotten Tomatoes.
But audiences scored more enthusiastic, especially women, with about a third of viewers over the age of 45 this weekend — a demographic that rarely goes to cinemas during the pandemic. “We think we’ll have a decent runway,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s head of domestic distribution, as the holiday weekend approaches.
“The 355” came in behind animated “Sing 2,” also released by Universal, which grossed an estimated $12 million in theaters in its third weekend, bringing its worldwide total to $190.8 million.
Hollywood has entered 2022 cautiously as omicron cases surge. January’s biggest new release, Spider-Man spin-off “Mobius,” was recently pushed back to April.
“There is some uncertainty in the market because of the omicron variant,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “Studios want to protect their crown jewels and give them the best chance of succeeding in theaters. Delays like this show they’re not giving up on theaters. But studios are very aware of this market and the challenges it may face.”
While January’s box office is destined to be quiet, Dergarabedian said Spider-Man has been a “beacon of hope” for the industry.
“It shows that audiences want to go back to movie theaters,” he said. “We could end up having a very strong year at the box office, but only time will tell.”
Ticket sales for theaters in the U.S. and Canada are expected Friday through Sunday, according to Comscore. Final domestic data will be released on Monday.
1. “Spider-Man: No Way Out,” $33 million.
2. “Sing 2,” $12 million.
3. “355,” $4.8 million.
4. “The King’s Man,” $3.4 million.
5. “American Losers,” $2.4 million.
6. “The Matrix Resurrection,” $1.9 million.
7. “West Side Story,” $1.4 million.
8. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” $1.1 million.
9. “Liquorice Pizza,” $1 million.
10. “The Gucci House,” $632,348.
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