Box Office Report for the Week of November 21

Jason Reitman‘s sequel to Ghostbusters II Ghostbusters: Afterlife (reviewed fondly by Joey here) – debuted in first place at the North American box office this weekend with an estimated $44M from 4,315 locations, making it the highest-grossing film of this past week.

There’s no doubt that when it comes to the Ghostbusters franchise, audiences will almost always show up. It also surpassed the film’s studio – Sony Pictures – original projections of $27-28 million.

Coming in second place this weekend is Chloe Zhao‘s first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in the form of Eternals, which features a stacked cast. Despite its less than favorable reviews, the superhero blockbuster still managed to pull in $10.82 million this weekend, although it did see a -59% drop from last weekend.

Clifford the Big Red Dog comes in third place this week, earning a total of $8.1 million which dropped 51% to an estimated $8.1M following its $16.63M debut last weekend. The family release has $33.51M to date.

Meanwhile, Reinaldo Marcus Green‘s sports drama biopic King Richard – starring Will Smith – came in fourth, earning a weekend total of $5.7 million from 3,302 locations, which is at the lower end of expectations (Joey’s review is here). Did the day-and-date release with theaters and HBO Max hurt the film’s potential numbers? It’s a fair question to ask.

Here’s the full list of the top ten films of the week:

  1. Ghostbusters: Afterlife – $44M – 4,315 theatres
  2. Eternals – $10.82M (-59%) – 4,055 theatres
  3. Clifford the Big Red Dog – $8.1M (-51%) – 3,628 theatres
  4. King Richard – $5.7M – 3,302 theatres
  5. Dune – $3M (-44%) – 2,467 theatres
  6. Venom: Let There Be Carnage – $2.8M (-28%) – 2,538 theatres
  7. No Time to Die – $2.7M (-40%) – 2,407 theatres
  8. The French Dispatch – $970K (-44%) – 805 theatres
  9. Belfast – $940K – (-47%) – 584 theatres
  10. Ron’s Gone Wrong – $888K (-59%) – 1,520 theatres

Source: Box Office Pro


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Written by Caillou Pettis

Caillou Pettis is a professional film critic and has been writing about film for several years across various different publications. Ever since the age of nine, film and the art of filmmaking have been his number one passion. When hes

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