Black Widow Sets a Disappointing MCU Box Office Record

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Black Widow brings in an additional $26.5 million at the domestic box office, dropping roughly 67 percent in its second weekend in theaters.

Black Widow delivered somewhat disappointing numbers at the domestic box office over the weekend, dropping roughly 67 percent in its second weekend in theaters — the biggest second-weekend drop for any Disney-distributed Marvel Cinematic Universe film.

The MCU’s latest solo movie brought in $26.5 million this weekend, according to Deadline. In doing so, Black Widow landed in second place behind the simultaneous theatrical and HBO Max release of Space Jam: A New Legacy, which opened to $31.65 million and nabbed the number one spot.

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The record for a Disney MCU film’s biggest second-weekend drop was previously held by Ant-Man and the Wasp, which saw a 62 percent drop. Notably, theater chains have pointed the finger at Black Widow‘s simultaneous Disney+ release as the reason for the steep drop.

Following reports that Black Widow had dropped to number two, Space Jam star LeBron James celebrated his film’s number one debut on Twitter. Specifically, the NBA star shared a report by Deadline alongside the caption, “Hi Haters!” While Black Widow’s second-weekend numbers fell short of expectations, however, they certainly aren’t unprecedented in the current era. In fact, they line up with Universal’s F9, which also dropped 67 percent during its second weekend in release.

Released in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access July 9, Black Widow had an $80 million domestic opening at the box office. The film also took in $60 million from the Premier Access purchases, for a combined debut of $140 million. Additionally, the 10-day box office for Black Widow currently stands at $132 million in the United States, and has earned another $132 million and counting overseas, for a total global take of $264 million so far.

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Directed by Cate Shortland and starring Scarlett Johansson as the eponymous super spy, Black Widow is currently playing in theaters and streaming on Disney+ with Premier Access. In addition to Johansson, the film stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle and Rachel Weisz.

Source: Deadline

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