New Year’s Box Office: 2022 Starts Down Like 2021

All movies apart from the highest two grossed $23 million. That is all-time low. Meantime, “Memoria” had an enormous one-week-only New York run.

Regardless of having the second-biggest Christmas-period grosser ever with “Spider-Man: No Means Dwelling” (Sony), this New Yr’s-adjacent weekend plunged decidedly under comparable ones. A roughly $95-million complete locations it far under the traditional vary, even with out adjusting for inflation, of $140 million and above for the three days.

“Spider-Man,” at $52.7 million, continues its spectacular run ($610 million home, $1.37 billion worldwide thus far) with the most effective three-weekend outcomes ever. It offered 56 % of the home tickets. Add in #2 “Sing 2” (Common), additionally having a stellar run ($89.7 million), and the 2 successes offered three-quarters of tickets.

The remainder are available at mediocre or worse. The general result’s a weekend, regardless of the massive numbers on the high, that did solely 67 % of the identical interval two years in the past. Regardless of the “Spider-Man” surge, the four-week rolling common sits at 73 % of the corresponding 2019-2020 interval.

To place issues in perspective: Two years in the past, the beleaguered “Cats,” in its third weekend, grossed $2.6 million. This 12 months, that will have positioned #6, with a gross higher than half of the highest 10. That weekend, six movies did over $10 million, two over $25 million. This 12 months, solely two higher than $10 million, one above $25 million.

“Spider-Man” stands other than all others, an enormous end result even in non-Covid instances. And “Sing 2” is doing positive, although it isn’t inappropriate to level out that the unique animated musical 5 years in the past took in $40 million its third weekend, and had amassed $181 million — twice the sequel — by January 2.

With no new releases — till “The 355” from Common subsequent weekend — it stays to be seen whether or not there will likely be a carryover impact for contemporary product. Definitely, Paramount’s “Scream” reboot on January 14 will give some sense prolonged momentum. However for the remainder of the preliminary two months till “The Batman” (Warner Bros.) comes alongside on March 4, don’t anticipate a lot.

2021 ended up with a couple of $4.5 billion home complete, lower than 40 % of 2019. A greater gauge of the current state of exhibition is the October-December comparability. That stands at about 75 % nearly as good. December was 82 %, clearly pushed by “Spider-Man” primarily.

The King's Man

“The King’s Man”

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Aside from “Sing 2,” nothing among the many second-weekend titles confirmed a lot viewers curiosity. Actual week-to-week comparisons are difficult — three opened on Wednesday, diluting the preliminary three-day complete, and three began on Saturday. “The King’s Man” (Disney) fared finest by far — off 24 % — however continues to be solely at $20 million, with probably the majority of its gross already in.

“Matrix Resurrections” plummeted 60 % (don’t blame HBO Max, because it was out there from the beginning) and can find yourself round $40 million. Among the many Saturday openers, two — “American Underdog”/Lionsgate and “A Journal for Jordan”/Sony had preliminary day totals boosted by advance reveals — fared little higher. “Underdog” and “Journal” each dropped over 50 %, though “Underdog” is projected to do as properly its second Sunday as its first (and positioned #4 total). “Licorice Pizza” (United Artists) likewise dropped greater than half.

Give “West Facet Story” (Disney) credit score for falling solely 26 %. That’s common for adult-driven titles, the place the viewers usually begins exhibiting up on December 25. It’s at finest a small victory. Steven Spielberg’s well-reviewed musical now would possibly attain $40 million home slightly than the $30 million it was headed for. However that can solely cut back the sure steep losses.

This usually is the weekend when specialised titles, particularly these headed for Oscar consideration, shine and place themselves for long-term returns. Not this 12 months. Most noticeable is the absence of most (“West Facet” and “Licorice Pizza” stay probably nominees), however the restricted world is actually restricted.


Neon’s unusual dangerous technique for Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Memoria” had a surprising preliminary response. Taking part in just for seven days at New York’s IFC Heart, it grossed $52,656 for a run that ended Saturday. The plan is for it to play one week at a single theater wherever it performs, with no house various indicated ever. How properly that is replicated stays to be seen, and for sure, the outcomes thus far won’t recommend this might’ve sustained a future. However give Neon credit score for exhibiting that creativeness and creativity can repay. It’s badly wanted.

“The Tragedy of Macbeth” (A24, releasing for Apple) might need boosted its visibility had the streamer agreed to share the outcomes. Some anecdotal data suggests it carried out credibly in its reported 200 or so dates in a second-weekend growth. It provides Apple TV Plus play on January 14.

The second weekend in three theaters for Pedro Almodóvar’s “Parallel Moms” (Sony Photos Classics) held properly (off solely 26 %, although decrease than regular for the director attributable to present realities). The corporate additionally debuted Sundance acquisition “Jockey” at three prime places final Wednesday, with solely $5,230 taken in over 5 days.

The Prime 10

(Final weekend = Saturday, Sunday ranked; for movies that opened vast final Saturday, together with “American Underdog,” A Journal for Jordan,” and “Licorice Pizza,” the % drop is calculated from the corresponding Saturday/Sunday)

1. Spider-Man: No Means Dwelling (Sony) Week 3; Final weekend #1

$52,700,000 (-38%) in 4,206 (-130) theaters; PTA: $12,530; Cumulative: $609,892,000

2. Sing 2 (Common) Week 2; Final weekend #2

$19,600,000 (-12%) in 3,982 (no change) theaters; PTA: $5,036; Cumulative: $89,681,000

3. The King’s Man (Disney) Week 2; Final weekend #4

$4,500,000 (-24%) in 3,180 (no change) theaters; PTA: $1,415; Cumulative: $19,516,000

4. American Underdog (Lionsgate) Week 2; Final weekend #5

$4,075,000 (-54%) in 2,813 (no change) theaters; PTA: $; Cumulative: $15,005,000

5. The Matrix Resurrections (Warner Bros.) Week; Final weekend #3; additionally on HBO Max

$3,825,000 (-64%) in 3,552 (no change) theaters; PTA: $1,077; Cumulative: $30,900,000

6. West Facet Story (Disney) Week 4; Final weekend #6

$2,100,000 (-26%) in 2,690 (-130) theaters; PTA: $781; Cumulative: $29,564,000

7. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony) Week 7; Final weekend #11

$1,435,000 (+17%) in 1,645 (-83) theaters; PTA: $872; Cumulative: $123,393,000

8. Licorice Pizza (United Artists) Week 6; Final weekend #7

$1,249,000 (-53%) in 786 (no change) theaters; PTA: $1,589; Cumulative: $6,337,000

9. Encanto (Disney) Week 6; Final weekend #9; additionally on Disney+

$1,050,000 (-42%) in 2,425 (-375) theaters; PTA: $433; Cumulative: $91,318,000

10. A Journal for Jordan (Sony) Week 2; Final weekend #8

$1,175,000 (-62%)  in 2,500 (no change) theaters; PTA: $470; Cumulative: $4,740,000

Extra specialised/restricted/unbiased releases (all three-day until famous)

Memoria (Neon) NEW – Metacritic: 92; Festivals embody: Cannes, Toronto, New York 2021

$18,122 (Friday-Saturday solely) in 1 theater; PTA: $18,122; Cumulative (full week) $52,656

Jockey (Sony Photos Classics) NEW – Metacritic: 76; Festivals embody: Sundance, Toronto 2021

$3,092 in 3 theaters; PTA: $4,161; Cumulative: $5,230

Parallel Moms (Sony Photos Classics) Week 2

$30,038 in 3 theaters (no change); PTA: $10,079

Nightmare Alley (Searchlight) Week 3

$972,000 in 1,910 (-225) theaters; Cumulative: $7,582,000

Purple Rocket (A24) Week 4; additionally on Premium VOD

$106,184 in 385 (+8) theaters;  Cumulative: $709,460

Drive My Automobile (Janus) Week 6

$21,300 in 16 (no change) theaters; Cumulative: $324,523

C’mon C’mon (A24) Week 6; additionally on Premium VOD   49

$12,309 in 26 (-23) theaters; Cumulative: $1,851,000

The French Dispatch (Searchlight) Week 11; additionally on Premium VOD

$35,000 in 55 (-15) theaters; Cumulative: $16,002,000

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