Weekend Box Office Forecast: Demon Slayer and Mortal Kombat Look to Extend Their Reign in Tight Race for 1st During Sophomore Frame - Boxoffice - Boxoffice Pro
Apr 29, 2021 1 min, 45 secs
Last week provided another encouraging sign that audiences are increasingly ready to resume moviegoing in theaters as Warner Bros.’ Mortal Kombat and Funimation’s Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train demolished pandemic-era standards for R-rated films.

Kombat‘s own $23.3 million opening weekend wasn’t far off from our pre-pandemic forecasts, nor was its natural frontloading by fans.

Driven primarily by males over the age of 25, the film opened to $9.09 million on Friday and slid 4.6 percent to $8.675 million on Saturday before an estimated haul of $5.535 million on Sunday.

That pic declined 56 percent in its second weekend, one of the better showings of Warner’s day-and-date openers since the strategy began in December with Wonder Woman 1984.

Following that $9.54 million combined figure, Saturday slid 32.4 percent to $6.45 million.

The film screened at over 1,600 domestic cinemas last weekend and is currently confirmed in no less than 1,833 theaters starting this Friday, according to The Boxoffice Company’s Showtimes Dashboard.

On Dashboard, Kombat currently leads Slayer 21 percent to 16 percent among total showings booked by cinema operators.

Also worth considering is the history of anime films to be quite frontloaded at the domestic box office, with a recent example like Dragon Ball Super: Broly sliding more than 69 percent in its second weekend back in January 2019.

Open Road returns to theaters this weekend with the release of their latest horror pic, Separation, in 1,751 domestic theaters.

The best comps at this point are the likes of Sony’s The Unholy ($3.15 million opening weekend earlier this month) and Lionsgate’s Voyagers ($1.38 million).

the World for its 10th anniversary (which was technically last year for the 2010 release) in a projected 130 theaters this weekend, per Showtimes Dashboard.

Boxoffice projects this weekend’s top ten will decline between 45 and 50 percent from last weekend’s pandemic record of $55.6 million, which was anchored by the strong debuts of Mortal Kombat and Demon Slayer.

Kong debut, the studio's latest day-and-date release -- Mortal Kombat achieved $9.03 million from 3,073 locations on opening day Friday

Kong finally has significant competition on its hands for April's penultimate frame as the studio opens its own Mortal Kombat reboot in tandem with Sony / FUNimation's domestic..

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