‘The Croods 2’ Leads Depleted U.S. Box Office

Do you need to note how imperiled video, at least in the U.S., remains because of the pandemic?

Only look at the domestic box office tables.

"The Croods: A New Age," theatrical release in November, was North America's No. 1 movie.

The sequel animated by Universal Pictures was 1.7 million dollars in 1,913 venues, from Friday to Sunday, enough to skip new launches including "The Little Things" by Denzel Washington and "Judas and the Black Messiah" for the second consecutive weekend.

The sequel to "The Croods" has won $50 million after 13 weeks in theater and could finally transfer "Tenet" ($58 million) to the top film domestically in the coronavirus era.

"The Croods: A New Age" has globally reached the $100 million threshold, pushing its worldwide estimate to $154 million.

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The countryside of the domestic box office is somewhat different from China, where ticket sales have risen to record levels this year.

Already in 2021, the country has been bearing some trustworthy blockbusters such as "Chinatown 3 Detective," "Hi, Mom" and "A Writer's Odyssey." These and other titles added overall to a historic 1,2 billion dollars during the Chinese New Year holiday.

It is impossible to foresee a comparable scenario where the exhausted US box office will rebound to pre-pandemic levels quickly, while observers and studio managers look optimistically to China.

"The results from China are definitely encouraging," says Comscore's senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

"[It] shows that an effective pandemic response, in conjunction with a steady stream of local products, can perform wonders."

However, it will take longer to see North American box offices hit normal standards, Dergarabedian forecasts.

"As the vaccine roll-out in the U.S. goes on and cases decline, the future of the domestic box office is very robust," he said.

One of the few new launches was "Nomadland" director Chloe Zhao, a drama with Frances McDormand.

The film Searchlight, which was concurrently released on Hulu, played on 1,200 screens and cost nearly $500,000.

The Oscars are widely expected to be a king, who will goose on the road ticket sales.

Excluding North America, "The Little Things" won $1.2 million from 2,061 sites.

Four weeks ago, the film, also starring Rami Malek and Jared Leto, earned 11 million dollars.

It netted another 1,9 million dollars in other parts of the world to 19,8 million dollars.

"Judas and the Black Messiah" – the Black Panthran chief Fred Hampton biographical drama – placed eighth, generating a total of $905,000, or $3.3 million.

These films, both by Warner Bros., can be viewed on the HBO Max streaming channel.

Another title of Warner Bros, "Wonder Woman 1984," captured No.4 from 1,644 theatres, with $805,000.

To date, Gal Gadot's superheroic sequel produced $42 million in the United States.

"Wonder Woman 1984" debuted on 25 December on HBO Max and one month later was deleted from the network.

The DC Comics adventure has raised $159.5 million worldwide.

"The Marksman," a thriller with Liam Neeson, finished the top five at $775,000.

That takes the national count to 11.4 million dollars.

According to Comscore, about 38 percent of U.S. cinemas are open, and large cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and San Diego remain locked.

Since New York and California regularly account for a bulk of ticket sales in the world, studios have continued postponing their larger films until more people have been vaccinated.

The new James Bond entry "No Time to Die," and "A Quiet Place Part II" were moved up to later that year.

"Fast & Furious" series of "F9" and Marvel's "Black Widow" are also likely to face delay.

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