‘Eternals’ reigns supreme at the box office with $ 71 million debut

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LOS ANGELES – “Eternals” rose to the top of the weekend’s box office chart, fueled by the all-Marvel mania. But its $ 71 million debut fell short of screenings, which saw the superhero film debut at $ 75 million.

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That’s a sign, perhaps, that dubious reviews silenced the results of “Eternals” or a sign that the underlying intellectual property, the story of a group of divine aliens, did not have the resonance of other comic book adaptations. Marvel has successfully introduced lesser-known heroes, like the Guardians of the Galaxy, to movie fans and spawned successful franchises with them, but that series got a boost from critics and also debuted in a time before anyone had heard of. of COVID. So a very different world order.

“Eternals” still managed to score the fourth-best opening weekend for any movie during the pandemic era, slipping behind “Black Widow” ($ 80.3 million) and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. “($ 75.3 million) from Marvel. ) as well as “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” ($ 90 million), which was made by Sony but based on a Marvel comic book creation. It’s an impressive number, and any other studio or feature would be delighted to have a release of that size, but for a Marvel company it’s hard not to see it as not living up to sky-high expectations. Heavy the head that wears the box office crown and all that. Internationally, “Eternals” raised $ 90.7 million, bringing its global loot to $ 161.7 million.

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“Eternals” is directed by Chloe Zhao, fresh off Oscar winner “Nomadland,” but critics complained that the film has a lot of exposure and little entertainment. It has the ignominious distinction of being the only Marvel movie to earn a “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with only 49% of reviews marked positive. Audiences were also lukewarm about what Zhao prepared, which gave the film a regular CinemaScore “B”.

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“Dune,” the Warner Bros. and Legendary adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, came in second with $ 7.6 million, bringing its domestic gross to $ 83.9 million. A sequel to the film was officially greenlit days after the first Dune-verse entry opened in theaters. Denis Villeneuve directs a cast that includes Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Zendaya, and Rebecca Ferguson.

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MGM and United Artist Releasing’s “No Time to Die” took third place with $ 6.2 million, bringing the spy movie total to $ 143.1 million. The film, which marks Daniel Craig’s final release as 007, will be available to rent on digital platforms next week, just 31 days after its theatrical release.

Sony’s “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” ranked fourth on the charts, with $ 4.5 million. The sequel to the symbiote has made $ 197 million in the United States.

20th Century Studios’ animated adventure “Ron’s Gone Wrong” completes the top five, earning $ 3.6 million. That brings its national loot to the sadness of $ 17.6 million.

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