In its second weekend with an estimated $2 million, Liam Neeson’s adventure thriller The Marksman remained atop the languishing domestic box office.
As most Hollywood studios continue to delay their high-profile titles in the wake of COVID-19 and ongoing theatre closures, even in the top 10 moviegoing markets, there have been no major wide releases. This month, while smaller markets have reopened, it hasn’t made much of a dent. According to Comscore, January ticket prices are running more than 90 percent behind last year so far.
The Marksman is managed by Robert Lorenz, a long-time partner with Clint Eastwood, and in its first 10 days, it gained $6.1 million. Open Lane, also the home of HonestThief, Neeson’s latest pandemic pic, handles the film domestically.
The Croods: The Modern Age wasn’t far behind The Marksman, by Universal and DreamWorks Animation. In its ninth weekend, the family animated film grossed $1.9 million for a domestic total of $41.8 million and $139.8 million worldwide.
Despite being available in the U.S. on premium VOD, Croods 2 has kept up well in cinemas.
With $1.6 million for a domestic record of $37.7 million, Wonder Woman 1984 came in third in its fifth weekend. Overseas, it has grossed $110.3 million for a worldwide total of $148 million.
In a controversial move, owing to the COVID-19 crisis and shuttered cinemas in several major markets, Warners WW84 made the Christmas Day superhero sequel available on HBO Max and in cinemas the same day.
In North Korea, where it recorded the second-highest pandemic debut for a non-Korean title, and in Russia, Disney’s Soul recorded solid openings at the international box office. At the overseas box office, the Pixar title has already grossed $71.2 million from 13 material territories, including $48.2 million in China.
Soul only plays in the U.S. and some overseas markets on Disney +.