After breaking a pandemic record on its opening weekend, Black Widow dropped 67% at the box office and came in second behind Space Jam 2.
Black Widow suffered the biggest drop for any MCU movie in its second week in theaters. As of March 2020, box office performance has been profoundly altered by the coronavirus pandemic. Movie theaters have been closed for much of 2020 and some of the big movies allowed later this year are shown at much smaller than usual levels. Recent weeks have shown the start of a very slow recovery, with arrivals being delayed once A Quiet Place Part II and F9 bring some life back to the theater.
Black Widow, The first movie on the MCU’s expanded Phase 4 roster, finally arrived last weekend after multiple delays. While it’s been acknowledged by many that the Scarlett Johansson-led movie won’t debut in the same numbers the MCU usually puts out, it’s expected to draw a much-needed audience to theaters. Guaranteed enough, Black Widow scored the biggest opening weekend score pandemic with a domestic gross of $80 million and quickly becoming the fastest film to cross the $100 million mark since the pandemic began.
Going on the second weekend, Black Widow is predicted to top the box office again. However, like Deadline reported, the film dropped a whopping 67% to earn $26.25 million. That puts it behind the new release Space Jam: New Legacy, significantly outperformed by earning $31.65 million. Black WidowThe MCU’s sharp drop is the worst of all MCUs, surpassing the 62% drop from Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018. After 10 days in theaters, Black RelictThe domestic total is $132 million. Worldwide, it reached $264 million.
Last weekend, Disney shocked the entertainment industry when it was revealed that, in addition to earning $80 million from theaters, Black Widow $60 million in revenue globally from Disney+ Premier Access, where it is also available. This is the first time a studio has released streaming metrics in such a way, and it turns out Black Widow has found great success on an alternative platform. To be fair, streaming capabilities also contributed to the big drop in the second weekend, although blockbusters sometimes struggled with preloaded revenue.
This does not make Black Widow a flop, as the box office is still recovering and producing in lower-than-usual volumes. Black Widow It’s always been an odd case for the MCU to be the first movie out of the gate since the pandemic, as well as being on Disney+. However, this shows that people are especially eager to see Black Widow appeared last week, and the frenzy may have died down. The movie could have some long legs over the next few weeks, though given the Disney+ earnings, one could say it doesn’t need to gross much. box office cash as usual for profit. After all, it has other ways to increase its total.
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