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Box Office Report for the Weekend of May 2nd

With theaters across North America reopening more and more, it feels right for us at Awards Radar to get back into the weekly box-office reporting game. 

Godzilla vs. Kong demonstrated weeks ago that if you put things in theaters and open them up, audiences are going to come to see them. While the numbers might not be anywhere close to normal yet, of course, we’re seeing a world of possibility emerging for the first time in the past year. 

Without any major new releases this weekend, the numbers did slow down quite a bit from last week’s robust haul. Mortal Kombat and Demon Slayer: Mugen Train remained in the top two positions, this time swapping spots so that Demon Slayer was on top for the weekend. 

However, both titles did have a tremendous fall from their strong opening numbers. Demon Slayer fell 69.7% from its $21.1m opening to make $6.4m for the weekend, while Mortal Kombat’s $6.2m haul was a whopping 73.4% off from its $23.3m debut last weekend. 

The big opener this week, in 1,751 theaters, was the film Separation. The domestic horror from director William Brent Bell, starring Rupert Friend and Brian Cox, only managed to place #4 in its debut, with $1.8m total. 

More impressive was the arrival of the 10th anniversary re-release of Edgar Wright’s cult favorite Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. A box-office flop on its 2010 opening, the film managed to gross $720,000 this weekend in only 152 theaters, putting up the highest per theater average of the entire weekend with a $4,736 PTA. 

Next week sees the arrival of the new Guy Ritchie film Wrath of Man, which one imagines could put up solid numbers, especially after Ritchie’s last film, The Gentlemen (one of the last movies to get a full theatrical release before lockdown), was seen by many as a return to form for the director. 

Also next week is the release of the Billy Crystal and Tiffany Hadish starring Here Today, written and directed by Crystal. 

Mortal Kombat

See below for this weekend’s full Top 10 at the box-office: 

01. Demon Slayer: Mugen Train – $6,399,846 (-69.7%) – 1,905 theaters 

02. Mortal Kombat – $6,200,000 (-73.4%) – 3,114 theaters 

03. Godzilla vs. Kong – $2,740,000 (-36.1%) – 2,573 theaters 

04. Separation – $1,831,000 (-) – 1,751 theaters 

05. Raya and the Last Dragon – $1,335,000 (-23.3%) – 1,810 theaters 

06. Nobody – $1,260,000 (-27.7%) – 2,056 theaters 

07. The Unholy – $1,065,000 (-27.2%) – 1,538 theaters 

08. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (10th anniversary re-release) – $720,000 (-) – 152 theaters 

09. Tom and Jerry – $515,000 (-28.5%) – 1,209 theaters 

10. Together Together – $313,051 (-41.2%) – 659 theaters 

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Written by Mitchell Beaupre

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