New Disney superhero film Black Widow took in an estimated $80 million in North America this three-day weekend, a pandemic-era record as the Marvel Universe showed continuing lure, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.
The movie, starring Scarlett Johansson as the cat-suited superspy, took in an additional $60 million streaming on Disney Plus (at $29.99 for subscribers), and $78 million internationally, for an impressive global total of $218 million.
Hollywood Reporter called it “unprecedented” for a studio to announce its streaming total on a film’s opening weekend. The film has yet to open in China.
Far behind in second place was Universal’s action thriller F9: The Fast Saga, at $10.9 million, down by more than half from last weekend’s take.
It had held the previous pandemic-era record with a $70 million opening.
Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and John Cena star in this ninth instalment in the Fast and Furious franchise.
Universal also claimed the next two box-office spots.
In third was its animated sequel The Boss Baby: Family Business, at $8.7 million. The yarn about a cannily can-do “boss baby” features the voices of Alec Baldwin, Eva Longoria, Jeff Goldblum and Lisa Kudrow.
Horror film The Forever Purge placed fourth, at $6.7 million. This latest in the Purge series is again set in a dystopian near-future where all crime, even murder, is made legal one day a year. Ana de la Reguera and Tenoch Huerta star.
And in fifth was Paramount’s A Quiet Place: Part II, at $3 million, pushing its domestic total near $150 million in its seventh week. John Krasinski directed the horror flick; his wife Emily Blunt stars.
This weekend marked the first time since Covid-19 struck that the domestic box office has surpassed $100 million. It hit $116.8 million, 20 per cent higher than last weekend.
Originally published in Dawn, July 12th, 2021