Old: Thriller Slithers Past Snake Eyes to Top Very Slow Weekend

Old Slithers Past Snake Eyes to Top Slow Weekend With $16.5M

Both films beat ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy,’ which fell steeply in its second outing as the box office recovery faces continued challenges, including simultaneous releases in the home.

M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller Old scored past its fellow new offering Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins to win an overall quiet weekend.

Old concerns a family whose tropical vacation turns into an age-accelerating nightmare.

It took in $16.5 million from 3,555 locations. The psychological, immersive thriller, starring Gael García Bernal and Vicky Krieps, was inspired by the graphic novel Sandcastle.

Paramount and Hasbro’s Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, starring Henry Golding came in second with estimated $13.4 million from 3,521 locations.

Snake Eyes had hoped to relaunch an important franchise for Hasbro and Paramount.  It opened well behind the first two films in the franchise based on the Hasbro military action toy. G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra debuted domestically to $54 million in 2009, while 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation started with $40 million.

Snake Eyes‘ performance is major disappointment for the filmmakers as the box office recovery continues at a slow pace. The movie — costing a reported $88 million to make before marketing — skewed heavily male (60 percent).

And while Old marks the seventh time that a Shyamalan movie has opened at No. 1, it is still the lowest nationwide start for the director-writer, supplanting The Lady in the Water ($18 million). Old cost Shyamalan — who puts together the financing for his own films — a relatively modest $18 million to make before marketing.

The wild swings at the box office — as well as relatively low openings for many movies in comparison to the past—  reflect that moviegoing has yet to reach pre-pandemic levels. And in recent days, the Delta variant has further complicated matters.

Circumstances in a raft of foreign markets are even more challenging. Old debuted to $6.5 million overseas, including $500,000 from France, where cinemas are now requiring vaccine passports. As a result, box office revenue tumbled 60 percent from last weekend. Elsewhere, there are also cinema closures in Australia and heightened restrictions in Mexico.

Old and Snake Eyes claimed the top two spots on the box office chart.

They were ahead of Warner Space Jam: A New Legacy, which, like many other event pics that are debuting simultaneously in the home, fell steeply in its second weekend.

The family movie is playing on HBO Max at no extra charge, while Black Widow, now in its third weekend, is streaming on Disney+ Premier Access for an additional $30.  Black Widow fell 68 percent in its second weekend.

Black Widow redeemed itself this weekend to some degree, beating Space Jam 2 with $11.6 million and becoming the fastest film of the pandemic era to cross $150 million in North America. The standalone superhero film finished Sunday with a domestic tally of $154.8 million and $314.9 million globally. (The company did not reveal updated Disney+ Premier Access numbers.)

Space Jam 2, from Warner Bros., dropped 69 percent to $9.7 million for 10-day domestic total of $51.4 million.

Joe Bell, starring Mark Wahlberg, debuted to $707,185 theaters, the worst launch of Wahlberg’s career. Roadside Attractions is distributing the troubled film domestically.

In a second win of the weekend for Universal, F9 has become the first Hollywood event picture to cross the $600 million mark at the worldwide box office. The tentpole received an exclusive theatrical release.