“Paw Patrol” and “Luca” had very different weekends at the box office.
Box Office Report
The Warner Bros. sequel opened with $31.6 million domestically against a budget of $150 million.
The Dreamworks sequel took a projected $17.3M in three days, far behind the original’s $50M in 2017.
The film is now on pace to become the lowest-earning Dreamworks animated feature in the 26-year history of the studio.
“Spirit Untamed” was tamed by the U.S. box office.
The anime title has grossed an estimated $36.6M to the Disney film’s $43.4M.
“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train” can now add one more accolade to its already record-shattering global box office run: the number one film in the United States.
The Asian import is generating far more enthusiasm than Disney’s Southeast Asian-flavored film.
It still fell far short of the “Demon Slayer” opening last fall.
The film also opened on Disney+ for a premium fee of $30.
Warner Bros. is trumpeting the launch as “evidence that people are willing to go back to the movies when there is something they want to see.”
Meanwhile, Studio Ghibli’s “Earwig and the Witch” took $132,768 in five days in North America, and “The Croods: A New Age” remains one of the top releases in the U.S.
This weekend, animated films topped the box office in many major territories with a functioning theatrical sector.
The chart, compiled by animator and educator Marco Sensei, gives invaluable data on one of the world’s biggest animation producers.
Animated features outnumbered live action in Japan’s box-office top ten this weekend.
Pixar’s latest almost tripled its debut in its second weekend, grossing $13.7 million.
In other news: Pixar’s “Soul” has opened in China to a modest $5.5 million.
The film could overtake “Spirited Away” and top the all-time ranking within the next couple weeks.
The caveman sequel has now grossed $20.3 million in North America and $36.6 million in China.