For the first time in cinema history, a Netflix film is in the box office top ten. Thanks to Rian Johnson, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery got a “wide” release in theatres for one week only before the movie made its way to the streaming service on December 23.
In just 696 theatres, the film grossed $9.4 million at the box office over the weekend. It will likely make $6 million more for the entire Thanksgiving holiday break, making it Netflix’s highest-grossing theatrical film to date. The streamer will not give official numbers out, but they should see this as a sign to release more high-profile films in cinemas and give them a proper release. Had Glass Onion been released for two to three weeks before going on Netflix, it would’ve likely been one of the highest-grossing non-Marvel films of the year.
Speaking of Marvel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is still the highest-grossing film of the weekend. The movie has already grossed more than $675 million worldwide and may be on track to hit that $1 billion mark or just close to it. Either way, it’s another success for Marvel.
But Disney Animation’s latest film, Strange World, did not fare well at the box office this weekend. With one of the worst campaigns I’ve seen for a major Disney animated film, the movie barely made an impression at the box office. Having opened at only $11 million over the weekend and set to make only $15 for the entire holiday break, the film is projected to lose over $100 million. It is Disney Animation’s lowest-grossing Thanksgiving opening, as it is usually a tradition for the studio to release an animated movie around that time. Sony’s Devotion has also opened rather underwhelmingly, having only grossed $5.9 million in its weekend, with a $9 million total tally over a $90 million budget.
As for other movies, Steven Spielberg‘s The Fabelmans and Luca Guadagnino‘s Bones and All have been released wide over the holiday. They have fared better than their limited releases, opening in seventh and eighth positions, each grossing $2.2 and $2 million. They are two substantial awards contenders, particularly The Fabelmans, which could be a potential frontrunner to win the Best Picture Oscar, as it was touted as Steven Spielberg’s most personal and profoundly affectionate film yet.
Here’s the complete list of the top 10 films of the week:
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney): $45.9M (-31%) – 4,258 theatres
- Strange World (Disney): $11.9M – 4,174 theatres
- Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (Netflix): $9.4M – 696 theatres
- Devotion (Sony): $5.9M – 3,405 theatres
- The Menu (Disney): $5.2M (-42.3%) – 3,228 theatres
- Black Adam (Warner Bros/DC): $3.3M (-27.4%) – 2,664 theatres
- The Fabelmans (Universal): $2.22M (+2,374.3%) – 638 theatres
- Bones and All (MGM): $2.20M (+1,721.8%) – 2,727 theatres
- Ticket to Paradise (Universal): $1.8M (-42%) – 2,238 theatres
- The Chosen Season 3: Episodes 1 & 2 (Fathom Events): 1.5M (-81,9%) – 1,699 theatres
Source: Box Office Mojo