‘Space Jam’ dunks on ‘Black Widow’ to take box office No. 1

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“Black Widow” ceded No. 1 to an unlikely enemy in its second weekend in theaters: The Tune Squad.

LeBron James, Bugs Bunny and the rest of the stars of Warner Bros. ‘ “Space Jam: A New Legacy” defied expectations and hit the box office this weekend. According to studio estimates on Sunday, “Space Jam: A New Legacy” grossed $31.7 million in North America, while “Black Widow” grossed $26.3 million.

Not many people expect “Space Jam: A New Legacy” to achieve this victory. The poorly-reviewed film was pegged for an opening in the $20 million range. But a large number of families and millennials have grown up with the original “Space Jam” out of the house and into theaters to watch, although the movie is currently streaming free on HBO Max to subscribers. Not only that, the audience also gave the film a promising A- CinemaScore, showing a very strong word-of-mouth ability.

“Space Jam: A New Legacy” is the biggest pandemic opening for Warner Bros., which is important as of 2021, the studio will release all of its films simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max.

It is also the biggest family film opening in the country since the beginning of the pandemic. Warner Bros. said 32% of the audience is under 18 years old, which is larger than usual. Most of the big family movies have come out during the pandemic – from “The Boss Baby: Family Business” come “Raya and the Last Dragon” – opened well under $20 million. But audiences of all ages loved the new “Space Jam”.

“It shows that families have been waiting for a movie that everyone can see and that is this movie,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. Head of domestic distribution. “This is just a fun family movie.”

“Black Widow,” Meanwhile, a 67% drop in its second weekend, while steep, is quite normal for superhero movies, which tend to have overcrowded audiences. On the international level, film directed by Scarlett Johansson grossed an additional $29.9 million, bringing the film’s worldwide total to $264 million.

Last weekend, ‘Black Widow’ becomes the highest grossing film of the pandemic. Disney also surprised many in the industry by revealing its first weekend profits from the movie’s online rentals. However, total rental sales are not provided this week.

This weekend also saw the launch of “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions,” sequel of high concept 2019 movie. Sony predicts that the film will gross $8.8 million over the weekend, which is actually better than the first film came out and in line with studio expectations.

“F9” came in at No. 4 with $7.6 million. Movie “Fast & Furious” has made $591.2 million globally to date. Fifth and sixth places also go to Universal’s films: “The Boss Baby: Family Business” with $4.7 million and “Eternal Purge” with 4.1 million dollars.

“A Quiet Place Part II,” which was recently available on Paramount+, is still doing well with numbers in it eighth week in theaters. It added another $2.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $155 million.

The Anthony Bourdain documentary “Roadrunner” also works well this weekend, grossing about $1.9 million from 925 theaters, making it Highest-grossing debut work of year.

According to Comscore, ticket sales are estimated Friday through Sunday in theaters in the US and Canada. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.

1. “Space Jam: A New Legacy”, $31.7 million.

2. “Black Widow”, $26.3 million.

3. “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions,” $8.8 million.

4. “F9,” $7.6 million.

5. “The Boss Baby: The Family Business,” $4.7 million.

6. “The Forever Purge,” $4.2 million.

7. “A Quiet Place Part II,” $2.3 million.

8. “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain,” $1.9 million.

9. “Cruella,” $1.1 million.

10. “Pig,” $945,000.

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Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr

‘Space Jam’ dunks on ‘Black Widow’ to take box office No. 1

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