Most people expected this weekend to be won by Snake Eyes, which is essentially a reboot of the G.I. Joe franchise, but Shyamalan’s Old caused an upset even though its opening weekend was soft as well.
Shyamalan’s Old debuted with an estimated $16.5 million. That figure was way higher than trade expectations. While Snake Eyes had the added advantages of playing on IMAX screens and playing in 166 more locations than Old this weekend, Old was ultimately able to make up for those factors this weekend thanks to greater anticipation among its respective fanbase. Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan was definitely the X-Factor behind this result which represented the third consecutive first place opening for Shyamalan, joining fellow Universal releases 2017’s Split and 2019’s Glass.
Internationally, the film started out with an estimated $6.5 million from 23 markets. That puts the film’s global launch at $23.0 million.
2. Snake Eyes
Paramount’s Snake Eyes had to settle for second place this weekend with an estimated $13.3 million. It will be difficult for Snake Eyes to hold up well going forward, especially as it will be facing tough competition from both Disney’s Jungle Cruise next week and Warner’s The Suicide Squad the week after that.
Internationally, Snake Eyes grossed just $4 million from 37 markets this weekend. That places the film’s global start at $17.4 million.
3. Black Widow
Black Widow was in the third spot as it grossed $11.6 million, down another massive 55% from the last frame. It crossed $150 million on Saturday, making it the fastest film to do so since the pandemic began.
Its global total now stands at $315 million worldwide.
4. Space Jam
After last weekend’s better than expected first place performance, Warner’s Space Jam 2 fell three spots as well as suffered a embarrassing 69% drop this weekend to land in fourth place with an estimated $9.5 million.
The film made another $12.6 million from 66 international markets this weekend. That brings the film’s international total to $42.6 million and current worldwide absolute to $94 million.
In the fifth spot was Universal’s F9 which grossed $4.7 million. That helped it push past the $160 million mark domestically and also $600 million worldwide. That is Hollywood’s first since December 2019.