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

March 21, 2022

This weekend brought two new wide releases, horror films Umma and X, which helped the box office bring in $79.5M.


Despite the two new wide releases, The Batman brought in $36.8M. The film’s total gross comes to $300M after just three weeks in theaters. It is only the second film since the pandemic began to reach $300M.


Coming in second is anime action film Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie. The film is about a high school student who gains powers and how sorcerers help him keep control of his power. It opened at $14.8M and has grossed $17.7M domestically. Its success shows that the anime audience is growing in the United States.


This is the first week in over three months that Spider-Man: No Way Home does not fall within the top five grossing movies, but Tom Holland is nowhere near forgotten. His video game action film Uncharted continues to finish well grossing $8M over the weekend. Its gross total has now hit $125.9M.


Horror film X grossed $4.4M in its opening weekend. It premiered at SXSW on Sunday, March 13. Director Ti West revealed he had filmed a secret prequel to X.


Dog brought in $4M over the weekend passing the $50M mark. The feel-good Channing Tatum film has now grossed $54.2M overall.


Although No Way Home finished in sixth place this past weekend, the film continues to impress and is on the verge of breaking more records. After grossing another $3.2M bringing its total to $797.5M, it is inching near the $800M mark. If it reaches $800M, it will be just the third movie of all time to reach it. The only other films to reach this milestone are Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.


The other new wide release this weekend, Umma, opened at $915,000 and finished in 11th place over the weekend. The director of the film discussed how her first-hand experiences as an Asian American inspired her to create this film.


Next weekend, The Lost City starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum hits theaters. A romantic novelist (Bullock) is kidnapped by a crazed billionaire during a book tour because he believes she knows where buried treasure is located. The novelist’s cover model (Tatum) comes to rescue and tries to save her from the lost city in the jungle. Bullock even said she is open to making a sequel to the film. At the SXSW premiere of the film, Bullock said, “It was the first time seeing [The Lost City] in public…Seeing it in a theater is a reminder of why we love the theater.”


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