Weekend Box Office

Weekend Box Office Results: Eternals Scores Fourth Best Opening of the Year

Chloé Zhao's Marvel entry looks to continue strong into mid-December as it pulls in a solid haul on the weekend of November 5-7, 2021.

by | November 7, 2021 | Comments

Though the box office has shown improvement and theater attendance has demonstrated renewed confidence, the upcoming holiday season appears it may follow the blueprint established over the summer, right through the big flourishes of October. Adult moviegoing will likely still be down, the final WB/HBO Max film may struggle to reach $100 million, and family films may not quite have the numbers yet, despite the fact kids are eligible for vaccinations now. While there is one huge film likely to become the new benchmark for milestones just before Christmas – and maybe one in a couple weeks that could surprise some – there is another Marvel movie this week with all of its numbers being called into question.

King of the Crop: Eternals Scores Fourth Best Opening of the Year

Gemma Chan in Eternals

(Photo by Sophie Mutevelian/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Let’s look at those numbers for Eternals. It’s estimated for a $71 million weekend, which is good enough for the fourth best opening of the year, just ahead of F9. That means that the top four starts of 2021 belong to Marvel-based entities (including Venom: Let There Be Carnage). Where some are throwing daggers at Chloé Zhao’s film is that its 48% Tomatometer score is the lowest of the current Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the only Rotten one at that.

While you can be certain any studio would prefer the critics liked their movies, their bottom lines are the ticket sales. So here is the bottom line – since 2010, no MCU film has grossed less than $175 million at the box office. We could even comfortably say ever if we completely discounted 2008’s The Incredible Hulk ($134.8 million). Even during the pandemic, every Marvel film has hit that mark, including the hybrid release of Black Widow. Going forward, it’s going to be all about the drops: Eternals is going to be #1 again next week, likely no worse than third over the Thanksgiving holiday, and top five through mid-December, and it will probably remain in the top 10 until Christmas. That’s slightly longer than F9 stayed in the top 10, and it finished with $173 million. Let’s see if Eternals can stay ahead of that film’s pace, given that it grossed 43.2% of its opening weekend ($30.7 million) on Thursday and Friday. The top grossing films of the year were just as frontloaded – Shang-Chi (39.13%), Venom: Let There Be Carnage (41.56%), Black Widow (49.16%), F9 (42.63%), and No Time to Die (42.21%). Globally, Eternals has grossed $161 million.

The Top 10 and Beyond: Dune Chases $100 Million, whil Halloween Kills Misses it


(Photo by Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures)

When Dune opened to $41 million two weeks ago, the history of the numbers suggested it was not bound for $100 million despite a lot being written that it was en route. Things looked better last weekend after a reasonably solid midweek haul. Despite remaining in second place this weekend, Denis Villeneuve’s film dropped another 51% down to $7.6 million, bringing its 17-day total to $83.9 million. There are plenty of ways to look at that number pre- and post-pandemic, so let’s examine.

There have been 13 films that have opened between $35-45 million and grossed between only $7-8 million in their third weekend. Every single one of them managed to get over $100 million. Most ended up somewhere between $100-105 million, but they got there… as theatrical exclusives.

The Cat in the Hat, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Noah, and Pacific Rim had third weekends between $7.1-$7.8 million; they each finished between $100-102 million. They were also all between $200,000 and $1.2 million ahead of Dune after 17 days, so $100 million is not a certainty just yet. Noah had a $5 million fourth weekend, but Zohan had just a $3.17 million fourth with the benefit of summer weekdays. The race is going to be close, but if Dune does miss out, then The Matrix Resurrections will be the last chance for the WB/HBO Max experiment to produce another $100 million film.

Daniel Craig in No time to Die

(Photo by Nicola Dove/©MGM)

No Time To Die remained in third place with $6.1 million, bringing its 24-day total to $143.1 million. That is the tenth-best 24-day total for a film opening in October and puts it on pace for a total over $160 million. Internationally, the film has grossed over $667 million and is headed to best F9’s global total. Venom: Let There Be Carnages 31-day total is $197 million after a $4.4 million weekend. That’s about $10 million behind the first film’s pace but is still the fifth-best total for an October release and is going to squeak into a final total between $200-203 million. It has grossed $424 million worldwide.

Wes Anderson continues to draw audiences, even during a time when adults are not flocking to theaters. The French Dispatch added 417 theaters this weekend (now 1,205 total) as well as $2.6 million to its total, which now stands at $8.4 million. That is Searchlight Pictures’ highest total since Jojo Rabbit went on to gross $33.1 million in 2019-2020. It’s also more than last week’s Searchlight release, Antlers, and Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, both totaling about $7.6 million after 10 days. Neon went wide with Pablo Larrain’s Spencer this weekend in 996 theaters, and it grossed $2 million for a per-theater-average of $2,008. It only needs to double that to become the company’s seventh-highest grossing film ever; $4.5 million would make it fifth.

Halloween Kills

(Photo by ©Universal Pictures)

Finally, this weekend all but confirms that Halloween Kills is not going to cross the $100 million mark. That probably seemed unfathomable just three weeks ago when it opened to $49 million. It made its run through Oct. 31 with a side run on the streaming Peacock, but a drop of 75% down to $2.2 million puts the film just shy of $90 million. That means it is on course to join Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Fifty Shades of Grey, Valentine’s Day, Paranormal Activity 3, 2009’s Friday the 13th, and Cloverfield as films that started over $40 million and did not gross double its opening. It will now displace High School Musical 3 as the highest opening weekend to not gross $100 million.

On the Vine: Marvel’s Eternals Looks to Be First Big Hit of Holiday Movie Season


(Photo by ©Marvel Studios)

Clifford the Big Red Dog was pulled from its September release slot (and a screening at the Toronto Film Festival), but it will resurface next week in theaters and on Paramount Plus. Will it do well enough to greenlight a sequel just as Paw Patrol did? Also opening is Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical Belfast, which currently sits at 88% on the Tomatometer and is being primed as one of this year’s major award contenders. Also from the directors of RBG comes the documentary Julia, about legendary television chef, Julia Child, and it’s getting similarly enthusiastic reviews.

Full List of Box Office Results: October 5-7, 2021

  • $71 million ($71 million total)

  • $7.6 million ($83.9 million total)

  • $6.1 million ($143.1 million total)

  • $4.4 million ($197 million total)

  • $3.6 million ($17.6 million total)

  • $2.6 million ($8.4 million total)

  • $2.3 million ($89.7 million total)

  • $2.1 million ($2.1 million total)

  • $1.95 million ($7.6 million total)

  • $1.8 million ($7.6 million total)


Erik Childress can be heard each week evaluating box office on Business First AM with Angela Miles and his Movie Madness Podcast.

[box office figures via Box Office Mojo]

On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

Tag Cloud

Classic Film indiana jones Disney streaming service Television Academy TV renewals BET japanese Logo Valentine's Day OWN strong female leads disaster YouTube Red biography laika razzies 2015 YA 2021 90s finale IMDb TV Heroines international based on movie TV movies Chernobyl GIFs golden globes discovery SDCC japan french video rt labs news robots Emmys Marathons HBO Reality ITV revenge The Witch new star wars movies 20th Century Fox popular Women's History Month blockbusters superman Emmy Nominations scary movies animated fresh archives Elton John aliens marvel comics Year in Review Winter TV TCM Mindy Kaling LGBT Dark Horse Comics Western ghosts canceled TV shows Lifetime crime DC Comics australia black Fox News Mystery Film sequel DGA kaiju suspense Election Comic-Con@Home 2021 zombie canceled Apple TV+ natural history cancelled Legendary cancelled television Apple TV Plus rom-coms Shondaland Pride Month TCA Awards supernatural book nature game show police drama APB anthology X-Men Video Games hidden camera 2017 007 hollywood social media TBS CW Seed obituary cancelled TV series heist movie psychological thriller Musical Captain marvel comiccon Set visit Tumblr Fantasy dexter Horror mutant Tubi 71st Emmy Awards E! breaking bad movie VOD USA Network ABC Family Columbia Pictures Universal Pictures miniseries rt labs critics edition AMC art house The Walt Disney Company sopranos Winners wonder woman Disney Plus Warner Bros. legend Tomatazos vampires rt archives zombies IFC Films Mudbound feel good italian El Rey GoT facebook Netflix Christmas movies Holidays screenings Extras festival Nat Geo comic book movie south america critic resources serial killer jurassic park Infographic Alien political drama YouTube Fox Searchlight mockumentary NYCC cults History sports scary Schedule Comedy Central New York Comic Con FX American Society of Cinematographers Polls and Games Country Comics on TV films Lionsgate 21st Century Fox batman historical drama award winner cinemax ID genre streaming movies rotten Calendar toronto Endgame casting DirecTV Countdown sag awards action-comedy documentary Character Guide spanish talk show universal monsters 2016 black comedy Discovery Channel anime ABC Signature Photos Showtime Walt Disney Pictures Tokyo Olympics YouTube Premium Kids & Family children's TV spanish language Binge Guide Superheroes Starz boxing gangster spinoff ViacomCBS cars reviews NBA christmas movies aapi Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Premiere Dates MSNBC nfl teaser 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Family Chilling Adventures of Sabrina criterion new york HBO Max Sci-Fi toy story television dc Spectrum Originals stand-up comedy The Walking Dead Certified Fresh Pop thriller Turner Adult Swim Neflix FXX telelvision FX on Hulu Avengers book adaptation Quiz saw Film Festival cooking TV One king arthur blaxploitation Disney Channel space See It Skip It Trivia Broadway Awards Tour best Writers Guild of America Anna Paquin comic books Star Trek adenture RT21 Animation WarnerMedia diversity witnail Bravo TV composers foreign 45 Action dreamworks A&E asian-american Nominations Ghostbusters Comedy romantic comedy Pirates Trophy Talk National Geographic Peacock 4/20 versus young adult Crackle Ellie Kemper Red Carpet DC streaming service festivals werewolf Travel Channel worst movies biopic TLC USA Fall TV halloween tv Cartoon Network Teen Shudder SXSW Box Office Hallmark die hard kong A24 TV Land Apple Martial Arts pirates of the caribbean streaming TIFF vs. Christmas war monster movies venice Freeform Rock spider-verse Cosplay BAFTA OneApp comic a nightmare on elm street CNN doctor who technology all-time independent travel Disney+ Disney Plus Wes Anderson hispanic heritage month Comic Book Black History Month Reality Competition Amazon Studios mob green book Marvel VICE dark First Look target Exclusive Video remakes trailers San Diego Comic-Con Turner Classic Movies TCA Winter 2020 true crime The CW quibi Universal Amazon Prime Video directors CBS All Access President GLAAD high school CMT TNT medical drama Sundance Now Paramount Network adaptation live action Biopics jamie lee curtis Amazon blockbuster Netflix spy thriller unscripted TruTV 99% The Purge Nickelodeon franchise ESPN video on demand ABC parents deadpool 2020 psycho classics Creative Arts Emmys CBS TCA 2017 tv talk theme song worst Tarantino Musicals game of thrones Superheroe spider-man superhero stop motion golden globe awards Toys LGBTQ emmy awards Mary Tyler Moore Image Comics AMC Plus PBS fast and furious Pacific Islander football Hulu Sony Pictures new zealand Music period drama Best and Worst hist mcc docuseries spain Oscars movies joker Super Bowl Brie Larson Vudu Amazon Prime Britbox 2018 scorecard Academy Awards Cannes BBC America Stephen King cops dramedy 93rd Oscars WGN Marvel Television binge crossover reboot kids comic book movies sitcom MTV debate 1990s sequels The Arrangement critics Funimation IFC Thanksgiving documentaries Disney marvel cinematic universe ratings The Academy TCA E3 renewed TV shows child's play BBC MCU cartoon Pixar Star Wars 24 frames Grammys cancelled TV shows Paramount Plus singing competition crime drama james bond nbcuniversal crime thriller what to watch Spring TV Paramount Lifetime Christmas movies olympics Instagram Live adventure Pet Sematary Pop TV hispanic FOX elevated horror zero dark thirty HBO Go comedies Spike DC Universe dceu Drama scene in color Holiday VH1 screen actors guild Watching Series Crunchyroll prank live event latino Marvel Studios SundanceTV Rocketman Hear Us Out name the review Hallmark Christmas movies transformers dragons slasher BBC One Lucasfilm Syfy women RT History royal family NBC harry potter Rom-Com concert twilight 73rd Emmy Awards Sneak Peek basketball godzilla PaleyFest Food Network slashers Esquire justice league boxoffice mission: impossible Opinion stoner Ovation comics Sundance TV Podcast 2019 king kong politics Awards Baby Yoda Summer Rocky Sundance Acorn TV series rotten movies we love Mary Poppins Returns PlayStation Black Mirror science fiction Interview cats Epix Mary poppins chucky posters docudrama 72 Emmy Awards richard e. Grant free movies indie dogs Trailer Arrowverse halloween lord of the rings Television Critics Association BET Awards romance First Reviews Song of Ice and Fire satire Masterpiece know your critic