Despite the fact that Tom Holland isn’t wearing his Spider-Man costume in ‘Uncharted‘, the action film is still doing well in North America.
According to studio predictions released Sunday, the video game adaptation starring Holland and Mark Wahlberg would gross $51 million over Presidents Day weekend. The film is expected to generate $44.2 million from Friday to Sunday, putting it at No. 1 at the box office.
It’s the biggest opening weekend since “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” and it’s enough for the industry to breathe a sigh of relief, even if it’s not a superhero payday. ” In addition, it drew a small crowd and placed second.
The unpredictable nature of pandemic-era audiences made Uncharted a bit of a wild card, and the film’s bad critical reception had some going into the weekend with cautious hope. The Ruben Fleischer-directed film, which is based on a PlayStation game, premiered on 4,275 screens.
In a statement, Josh Greenstein, the president of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, said, “This result is yet another incredible testament to the hunger for the theatrical experience that Sony Pictures banked on.”
“Spider-Man: No Way Home,” a smashing blockbuster from Sony, was also released. “Late last year, it was only in theaters.” The Holland-led project has already grossed over $770 million in North America, making it the third highest-grossing domestic film of all time.
“Whether he’s Peter Parker or Nathan Drake, Tom Holland is a megastar,” said Paul Dergarabedian, Comscore’s senior media analyst. “Breaking out of that position and achieving great box office success outside of that is a tough go for many of the performers who have portrayed superheroes.”
Uncharted still has a long way to go to make up for its $120 million production expense, which will almost certainly be largely offset by overseas profits. Its global total has already reached $100 million, and unlike “Spider-Man,” “Uncharted” will have a Chinese release on March 14.
This weekend, Channing Tatum co-directed (with his longtime producing partner Reid Carolin) and starred in “Dog,” which was released on 3,677 screens. United Artists predicts a weekend take of $15.1 million and a total take of $18.1 million if Monday is included. In the film, Tatum portrays an Army ranger who is tasked with transporting a traumatized military dog from Oregon to Arizona for her handler’s funeral. Furthermore, it only cost $15 million to produce.
According to a PostTrak study, 53% of the audience for “Dog” on opening weekend was over 35 years old, and 54% were female.
“It feels like 2019 all over again,” Dergarabedian added, referring to two films that did exceptionally well.
“Death on the Nile,” directed by Kenneth Branagh, came in fourth place with $6.3 million in its second weekend, trailing only “Spider-Man,” and “Jackass Forever” came in fifth with $5.2 million.
The momentum from this weekend, according to Dergarabedian, should be the “ideal leadup” to Warner Bros.’ “The Batman” on March 4, which is already highly anticipated.
“Consider how many people were exposed to trailers at the movies this weekend,” Dergarabedian remarked. “For ‘The Batman,’ this is fantastic news.”
According to Comscore, ticket sales in the United States and Canada are expected to be up from Friday to Sunday. On Monday we’ll see the announcement of the final domestic data.
1. “Uncharted,” $44.2 million.
2. “Dog,” $15.1 million.
3. “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” $7.2 million.
4. “Death on the Nile,” $6.3 million.
5. “Jackass Forever,” $5.2 million.
6. “Marry Me,” $3.7 million.
7. “Sing 2,” $2.8 million.
8. “Scream,” $2 million.
9. “Blacklight,” $1.8 million.
10. “The Cursed,” $1.7 million.