Marvel’s Eternals tops the domestic box office for the second weekend, but takes a steep drop

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Disney and Marvel’s “Eternals” took a steep decline on its second weekend in theaters, but it’s still number one in comparison to newcomers like “Clifford the Big Red Dog.”

“Eternals” added $ 27.5 million over the weekend, bringing the studio’s estimate to $ 118.8 million. Directed by Oscar-winning Chloe Zhao and starring Angelina Jolie, Kumile Namjiani and Gemma Chan, the film is down 61% from its debut.

While not common for the big superhero tentpole, it is significantly steeper than the last Disney and Marvel contribution “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”.

Both played separately in theaters, but the main difference was that “Shang-Chi” received good ratings from audiences and critics. “Shang-Chi” became available to stream on Disney + this weekend. “Eternals” has grossed $ 281.4 million globally so far.

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Second place went to “Clifford the Big Red Dog”, which opened in theaters a week and was also available to stream to Paramount + subscribers at home. It grossed an estimated $ 16.4 million from 3,700 theaters over the weekend and $ 22 million in five days of release.

While the reviewers were not impressed (it has 48% of Rotten Tomatoes), the audience was more forgiving, giving it a promising cinemascore. And “Clifford” managed to do this in the face of uncertain film conditions for families.

“There’s been a lot of talk about family audiences and whether or not they want to go to the theater,” said Paul Durgarbadian, senior media analyst at comScore. “I think it’s a really solid debut. It shows the demand for family films on the small screen and on the big screen.”

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Blockbusters topped the top five with “Dune” at $ 5.5 million, “No Time to Die” at $ 4.6 million and “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” at $ 4 million. Significantly, this weekend “Venom 2” is the second epidemic-era film to cross the $ 200 million border at the domestic box office. Another is “Shang-Chi.”

More and more awards are entering the special box office and many are coming into the top 10.

This weekend, Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film “Belfast” made $ 1.8 million from 580 screens at its premiere. In its second weekend, “Spencer”, starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, grossed $ 1.5 million from 1,265 screens. And in its fourth weekend, Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” continues to perform well, adding $ 1.8 million and bringing its total to $ 11.6 million.

Outside the Top 10, the Julia Child documentary “Julia” opened at $ 20,796 on five screens.

“These films are in less theaters, but there is a demand for independent film, which is one of the categories that everyone thought was really the epidemic,” Durgarabedian said. “We’re really looking at more general market signs.”

Next weekend, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” will face off against the “King Richard” Will Smith awards.

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Estimated ticket sales from Friday to Sunday in US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.

1. “Eternals,” $ 27.5 million.

2. “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” $ 16.4 million.

3. “Dune,” $ 5.5 million.

4. “No Time to Die,” $ 4.6 million.

5. “Poison: Let There Be Carnage,” $ 4 million.

6. “Rans Gone Wrong,” $ 2.2 million.

7. “The French Dispatch,” $ 1.8 million.

8. “Belfast,” $ 1.8 million.

9. “Spencer,” $ 1.5 million.

10. “Antlers,” $ 1.2 million.

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