BOX OFFICE: SCREAM GROSSES $ 3.5M, MATRIX RESURRECTIONS OPENS # 1 IN CHINA

With previews on Thursday night (starting at 7pm).

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Scream grossed $ 3.5M from around 3,000 theaters at the US box office, the third best result for a horror film during the pandemic, behind A Quiet Place 2 ($ 4.8M) and Halloween Kills . ($ 4.85M).

In a limited number of rooms nationwide, the Scream Opening Night Fan Event was held yesterday at 5:00 PM PST, 7:00 PM CST and 8:00 PM EST with a live Q&A attended by David Arquette, Bettinelli- Olpin & Gillett and executive producer and creator Kevin Williamson . It was also accompanied by a pre-recorded intro from the talent, and bonus content with the cast and behind-the-scenes footage was shown.

Glass had grossed $ 3.7M and finished its first 3 days in theaters with $ 40M, a figure the reboot could match over the 4-day weekend, although some analysts speculate a $ 20M weekend. In three days Scream could bring home more than $ 30M thus ousting Spider-Man: No Way Home from the top spot.

The percentage of reviews on Rotten Tomatoes is 76% positive, the public vote 90%. The film’s budget without P&A is $ 24M.

Over the course of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, the highest recorded opening from a horror film was Universal ‘s Mama , at $ 32.1M. The highest opening for a horror during the pandemic was in October 2021 with Halloween Kills ($ 49.4M) released day-and-date on Peacock .

Spider-Man: No Way Home grossed $ 2.1M from 4,012 theaters yesterday, ending week four with $ 677.95M. Jon Watts ‘ filmwill surpass Avengers: Infinity War ($ 678.8M) today to place fifth in the US box office’s highest grossing chart ever. By Monday it is expected to break the $ 700 mark, and surpass Black Panther ($ 700.4M).

Box Office China

Even before the release of the film, the word of mouth of Matrix Resurrections was not exciting (5.7 on Douban, the worst of the franchise), probably due to the visions of the film via piracy.

With pre-sales of the film, at 2:30 am on Friday, the film had grossed $ 732,000 (Fri: $ 522,000, Sat: $ 160,000, Sun: $ 50,000), far below Dune ‘s $ 4M and $ 3.3M. No Time To Die .

The film could gross between $ 5M- $ 8M over the weekend.

Friday 14 January:

The Matrix Resurrections¥ 17.4M / $ 2.7M, Tot: ¥ 17.4M / $ 2.7M
Embrace Again¥ 10.8M / $ 1.7M, Tot: ¥ 777.1M / $ 122.4M
G Storm¥ 6.5M / $ 1M, Tot: ¥ 523.4M / $ 82.4M
Another Me¥ 6.4M / $ 1M, Tot: ¥ 359.6M / $ 56.6M
Manchurian Tiger¥ 5.7M / $ 0.9M, Tot: ¥ 5.8M / $ 0.9M

Paw Patrol: The Movie debuted in seventh place with $ 610k, Encanto dropped the Top 10 on its second Friday with a gross of $ 312k (-36%), for a total of $ 5.1M.

China was the first global market in 2021:

1. China – $ 7.3B
2. USA / CAN – $ 4.55B
3. Japan – $ 1.3B
4. UK – $ 785M
5. France – $ 680M
6. Russia – $ 540M
7. India – approximately $ 500M
8. South Korea – $ 490M
9. Australia – $ 445M
10. GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) – approximately 425M (Saudi Arabia $ 238M, UAE $ 130M)

Germany – $ 415M
Mexico – $ 370M