Despite some negative press surrounding Marvel’s Eternals, the superhero epic still managed to leap to the second-best worldwide opening in the pandemic era with $161.7 million, per Deadline.
Domestically, Chloé Zhao’s flick earned $71 million — lower than the projected $80-85 million — from 4,090 theaters, which ranks among the lowest domestic opening weekend totals for the powerhouse studio, above The Incredible Hulk ($55 million), Ant-Man ($57 million), Captain America: The First Avenger ($65 million), and Thor ($65 million); and on par with this year’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ($75 million), Ant-Man and the Wasp ($76 million) and the recent Black Widow ($80 million).
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Of note, Shang-Chi and Black Widow amassed $418 million and $376 million worldwide, which is probably what we can expect Eternals to collect during its theatrical run. The film also played well on IMAX where it collected $13.6M across the globe and $7.6M domestically from 403 auditoriums.
Elsewhere, Dune, which lost a hefty dose of its IMAX screens to Eternals, landed at No. 2 in its third weekend with $7.6 million. To date, the sci-fi epic has earned $83.9 million domestically and $307 million worldwide.
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No Time to Die came in at No. 3 with $6.1 million/$143 million total, meaning the action pic will likely end its domestic run on par with Die Another Day ($160 million), Casino Royale ($167 million), and Quantum of Solace ($168 million) when not accounting for inflation. Worldwide, Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007 has earned over $610 million and will easily leap over the worldwide total of Casino Royale ($616 million) to become the third highest-grossing pic of the franchise behind Spectre ($881 million) and Skyfall ($1.1 billion). The pic will be available to rent on Nov. 9 across all major digital platforms.
BOX OFFICE TOP 10
1.) Eternals (Dis) 4,090 theaters, Fri $30.7M, Sat $24.1M/Sun $16.2M/3-day $71M/Wk 1
2.) Dune (WB) 3,546 (-579) theaters, Fri $2.25M/Sat $3.3M/Sun $2M/ 3-day $7.6M (-51%)/Total $83.9M/Wk 3
3.) No Time to Die (UAR) 3,007 (-500) theaters, Fri $1.8M/Sat $2.6M/Sun $1.7M/ 3-day $6.1M (-20%), Total: $143.1M/Wk 5
4.) Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony) 2,640 (-638) theaters, Fri $1.18M/Sat $2M/Sun $1.27M/3-day $4.4M (-23%)/Total $197M/Wk 6
5.) Ron’s Gone Wrong (Dis/20th) 2,650 (-910) theaters, Fri $830K, Sat $1.66M/Sun $1.1M/ 3-day $3.6M (-3%)/Total $17.6M/Wk 3
6.) The French Dispatch (Sea) 1,205 (+417) theaters Fri $820K/Sat $1M/Sun $732K/ 3-day $2.6M (even)/Total $8.4M/Wk 3
7.) Halloween Kills (Uni) 3,098 (-518) theaters Fri $700K/Sat $1M/Sun $620K/ 3-day $2.35M (-73%)/Total $89.7M/wk 4
8.) Spencer (NEON) 996 theaters, Fri $783K, Sat $780K/Sun $585K/3-day $2.1M/Wk 1
9.) Antlers (Sea) 2,800 theaters, Fri $608K,Sat $725K/Sun $567K 3-day $2M (-53%), Total $7.6M/Wk 2
10.) Last Night in Soho (Foc) 3,016 theaters, Fri $580K,Sat $740K/Sun $480K/ 3-day $1.8M (-57%), Total $7.6M/Wk 2