BOX OFFICE: Bugs, Lebron dunk on “Black Widow,” “Space Jam” opens big

A $31.65 million opening is nothing to sneeze at, but the reason”Space Jam: A New Legacy” won this weekend was the plunge off a cliff “Black Widow” took after opening over $80 million last weekend.

It’s streaming in addition to being in theaters, so I guess the comic book crowd all saw it last weekend, and any repeat viewing is going to Disney+. And it still added another $26.3 million, even as it fell off a whopping 68%.

Not sure if this bodes anything for the future unless studios push their streaming launch back a week or two or announce figures for premium priced home viewing.

“Space Jam” leapt out of the gate with a $13 million kids out of school Friday, while “Widow” managed mere $8.

“Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” didn’t bring out the horror crowd. I saw it with one other person Saturday. It did around $8.8 million, $10 million less than the original film opened with, per Exhibitor Relations.

“F9” did another $7.6, it’s over $154 and will pass “Quiet Place 2” any minute now.

“Boss Baby: Family Business” added another $4.7 million. A $44 million windfall for a worn out brand.

“The Forever Purge” added $4.1 million more to Universal’s coffers. $35 million in total.

“Roadrunner,” the Anthony Bourdain documentary, earned over $1.9 million, all gravy as it’ll make HBO Max and CNN fans happy and sad later this year.

Nic Cage and his “Pig” opened at $945k in limited release. “That’ll do,” says everybody making a “Babe” joke.

“A Quiet Place 2″ added another $2.3 million, climbing towards $175 or so.”

“Zola” should have been a sleeper hit. But nobody went, it’s lost screens and did $240k this weekend, $4.2 million total.No wonder A24 made it’s deal with the Devil (HBO) this week.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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