LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Marvel’s new superhero film Eternals grossed around US $ 71 million (S $ 95.8 million) this weekend to dominate the North American box office, a strong openness in the era of the pandemic although a little below expectations, said industry observer Exhibitor Relations on Sunday (Nov. 7).
Written and directed by Chloe Zhao, who just won the Oscar for Best Director for Nomadland, the film has faced some of the worst reviews of any Marvel movie – the only one to get a “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes – but fared well overseas, grossing an impressive $ 91 million.
Directed by actors Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden and Gemma Chan, Eternals tells the story of an immortal race of aliens who emerge from several millennia hidden to save Earth from the evil Deviants.
With Eternals gobbling up the biggest piece of box office pie for the Friday-Sunday period, former frontman Dune fell to a very distant second place, at $ 7.6 million.
The sci-fi thriller Warner Bros., based on Frank Herbert’s classic opus, stars Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya and Oscar Isaac. He follows a family into the distant future struggling for survival on a desert planet plagued by monstrous sandworms.
United Artist’s James Bond film No Time to Die again placed third at US $ 6.2 million. The studio says this is the last time Daniel Craig plays the sweet spy.
It will be available on digital platforms starting Tuesday, a quick turnaround after its October 8 release.
Sony’s superhero movie Venom: Let There Be Carnage, took a spot this weekend, in fourth place, grossing $ 4.5 million. Its national total is now around US $ 200 million.
And fifth, the 20th century computer-animated sci-fi comedy Ron’s Gone Wrong, at $ 3.6 million. Her voice cast includes Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Olivia Colman.
The top 10 were completed by: The French Dispatch (US $ 2.6 million), Halloween Kills (US $ 2.4 million), Spencer (US $ 2.1 million), Antlers (US $ 2 million ), Last Night in Soho (US $ 1.8 million).