Weekend Wrap Up - a look at this week’s Industry Updates

February 14, 2022

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Pre-Valentine’s Day crowd took over the movie theaters grossing $49.5M this past week. The openings of Death on the Nile, Marry Me, and Blacklight proved to be popular date night movies approaching today’s festivities.

The latest installment of the Agatha Christie franchise Death on the Nile opened at $12.8M over the weekend. The crime drama is centered around sleuth Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh), who investigates the murder of a honeymooning heiress (Gal Gadot). It scored 66% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an impressive $3,902 per-screen average at over 3,200 locations.

In its second week of release, Jackass Forever continues to do well grossing $8.05M this weekend bringing its total to $37.4M.

Romantic comedy Marry Me starring Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, and Maluma opened at $8M over the weekend. It’s also currently streaming on Peacock as the only day-and-date release scheduled this year. 

In its ninth week of release, Spider-Man: No Way Home still finished within the top five grossing movies. Spider-Man grossed $7.2M over the weekend making it now just $1.5Maway from the third highest grossing movie of all time. Could Avatar finally be dethroned from the third-place spot next weekend?

Blacklight starring Liam Neeson also opened over the weekend bringing in $3.6M gross. Neeson plays a former government operative who is trying to save the country while unearthing the truth about the government and conspiracies surround their plan to hurt the American people.

Next weekend brings Uncharted, the live-action prequel story of how the popular Uncharted video games came to be starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, Dog starring and directed by Channing Tatum, and The Cursed, a supernatural horror set during the late 1800s.

In other movie news, last week on Thursday, February 10th, tickets for The Batman went on sale. It’s doubled from Marvel’s Eternals sales and we still have two and half weeks left. This is the second best pre-ticket sale number during the pandemic era just after Spider Man: No Way Home. The Batman hits theaters on March 4.

Lastly, if you watched the Super Bowl yesterday, you probably caught plenty of trailers for upcoming films advertised during commercial slots. These movies included The Lost City (March 25), Ambulance (April 8), Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (April 8), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6), Jurassic World: Dominion (June 10), and Nope (July 22).

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