In holdover news, F9 raced past $200 million in China yesterday, becoming the first Hollywood flick to do so since, well, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Once it passes that film’s $201 million cume (which I’m presuming it already has), it’ll be the biggest non-DC/Marvel Hollywood flick in China since Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($267 million) in summer 2018.
So, yeah, word of mouth and lightning-fast descent notwithstanding, F9 is still the somewhat rare Hollywood flick to pass the $200 million mark and also a somewhat rare “very big movie” that earns more in China than it does in North America. By any other standards save for the overperforming Furious 7 ($392 million in 2015) and Fate of the Furious ($393 million in 2017), F9’s likely $215 million finish would be an unmitigated success.
Paramount’s A Quiet Place part II earned $6.1 million (-69%) on its second Friday, bringing its eight-day cume to $75 million and setting the stage for a likely $20 million (-58%) second-weekend gross. That’s a steep drop, although The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’s over/under $25 million launch clearly made a dent. Moreover, John Krasinski’s Emily Blunt-starring sequel had superb weekday numbers, earning $12 million on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
So, yeah, at least some of the demand that might have been filled on weekend two was actually “filled” in those first few post-debut weekdays. It’s also not much worse than the 53% drop for Aladdin on this weekend in 2019, while it’s better than the 65% drop for Solo in 2018. It’ll have $89 million domestic by Sunday night.
Cruella earned $3.28 million (-58%) on its second Friday for a likely $11.26 million (-48%) second-weekend gross, giving it a $43.7 million ten-day cume. In terms of post-Memorial Day weekend holds, that’s much better than the 57% drops for Alice Through the Looking Glass after a $33.5 million Fri-Mon launch and Tomorrowland following a $42.6 million Fri-Mon debut.
The overall grosses may be smaller than Disney might have hoped under normal circumstances and it probably won’t get anywhere near $100 million domestic, but we’ll see how it fares against Peter Rabbit: The Runaway next Friday. Raya and the Last Dragon will earn around $1.15 million (-51%) in its 14th weekend right as it becomes “free” on Disney+. The leggy animated adventure will have $53.3 million (from an $8.7 million launch) by tomorrow.
Jason Statham’s Wrath of Man continues to be the sleeper hit, relatively speaking, of summer 2021. The MGM-distributed (in North America) action drama will earn $1.13 million (-48%) in weekend five (even as it exists on PVOD) for a $24.5 million domestic cume. The Guy Ritchie-directed flick is being distributed by Miramax overseas, and it topped $80 million worldwide last weekend.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw will earn $920,000 (-58%) in weekend four for a $21.9 million 24-day cume. The Lionsgate horror sequel debuted on PVOD this Tuesday. Demon Slayer, which has passed $500 million worldwide in exchange-rate-adjusted global grosses and remains by far the biggest global earner of 2020, will have $47.7 million tomorrow. And with $99.1 million by the end of weekend 10, Godzilla Vs. Kong might just get to $100 million domestic.