BOX OFFICE: “Renfield,””Air” and “Pope’s Exorcist” vie for second place, “Super Mario” plumbs another $87 million is projecting a huge second weekend for “The Super Mario Bros.” movie, one of the biggest second weekends in the history of Illumination Animation.

The second Friday since opening was down 60% from the first Friday. But a big Saturday lifted it in the $87 million range, per Box Office Pro.

That’s an impressive “hold” from its blockbuster holiday weekend opener.

Will “Air” come in second again, on its second weekend? It is holding audience and should clear $8 million easily by midnight Sunday.

But respectable horror turnout could upset that. The Nic Cage vampire comedy “Renfield” and the Russell Crowe franchise starter “The Pope’s Exorcist” did nearly identical business in Thursday previews and on Friday.

Both are looking at $8 million takes by midnight Sunday.

That leaves Keanu to pick up the crumbs,as “John Wick 4” enjoys one more weekend in the top five, earning $4 to $5 million more.

I’ll update this, as always, as more data comes in.


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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