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It’s a Close Race for First Between A Quiet Place Part II and In the Heights

A Quiet Place Part II

The final numbers aren’t out so things might change but it was a pretty solid (relatively) weekend at the box office with three films over $10 million and a close race for first

A Quiet Place Part II takes the top spot with an estimated $12 million. That brings the domestic total to just under $109 million after three weeks. Internationally, the film brought in $40.3 million over the week to raise that total to $90.3 million Worldwide, the film stands at $199.2 million.

In second place was In the Heights which debuted as well on HBO Max. The film earned an estimated $11.5 million. No international totals have been released so far.

In third place was another debut, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway which earned an estimated $10.4 million domestically. Internationally, the film has grossed $57.9 million. Worldwide, the total is $68.3 million.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It dropped all the way from first place to fourth. The film earned an estimated $10 million to bring its domestic total to $43.8 million. Internationally, the film over doubled its previous weekend over the week adding earning $34.9 million. Internationally, the film’s total is $68 million. That brings the worldwide gross to $111.8 million.

Rounding out the top five was Cruella which take a dive from last weekend’s third place. The film added $6.7 million to its domestic gross to bring that to $56 million. Internationally, the film earned $29.9 million over the week. Worldwide, the film has grossed $129.3 million.

Initial numbers have 43 films earned $56,973,395 from 28,606 theaters. That’s a decrease from last weekend’s 41 films which earned $66,072,955 from 27,913 theaters. Despite a decrease of around $9 million, the weekend was still one of the better ones of the year so far with four films earning over $10 million. The average earning was $1,991.66 this past weekend, a decrease from the previous weekend’s $2,429.78.

Warner Bros. Shakes Things Up with Dueling Releases on HBO Max and Theaters for 2021

Warner Bros.

It was going to eventually happen but COVID has sped things up as Warner Bros. is making an earthshaking move when it comes to movie distribution. The studio will send 17 films to HBO Max for 31 days, to be released the same day as theaters.

Wonder Woman 1984‘s HBO Max and theater release on Christmas day was just the tip of the iceberg as more are to come.

The studio’s 2021 slate includes The Suicide Squad, The Matrix 4, Dune, Godzilla vs. Kong, and Space Jam: A New Legacy. Other films include Little Things, Judas and the Black Messiah, Tom & Jerry, Mortal Kombat, Those Who Wish Me Dead, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, In The Heights, Reminiscence, Malignant, The Many Saints of Newark, King Richard, and Cry Macho.

The decision will cause an uproar from theater owners who not only lose in this model but are struggling, and will struggle, to stay open due to the pandemic. The decision, according to reports, was not shared with exhibitors and was kept secret at Warner Bros. The studio will likely need to renegotiate with theater chains and offer up something so to as not completely lose their support.

But, something needed to be done. With a still unknown future and COVID vaccination likely to take most of 2021 the release schedule would be shaky and risky to rely just on theaters. Further delays would hurt the entire industry further creating a backlog of productions and likely cutting numerous projects as held up films would take up future release dates creating a ripple effect.

Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group said:

We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions, including this new initiative for the Warner Bros. Pictures Group. No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do. We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021. With this unique one-year plan, we can support our partners in exhibition with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theaters or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies the chance to see our amazing 2021 films. We see it as a win-win for film lovers and exhibitors, and we’re extremely grateful to our filmmaking partners for working with us on this innovative response to these circumstances.

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar added:

After considering all available options and the projected state of moviegoing throughout 2021, we came to the conclusion that this was the best way for WarnerMedia’s motion picture business to navigate the next 12 months. More importantly, we are planning to bring consumers 17 remarkable movies throughout the year, giving them the choice and the power to decide how they want to enjoy these films. Our content is extremely valuable, unless it’s sitting on a shelf not being seen by anyone. We believe this approach serves our fans, supports exhibitors and filmmakers, and enhances the HBO Max experience, creating value for all.

Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich also said:

This hybrid exhibition model enables us to best support our films, creative partners and moviegoing in general throughout 2021. We have a fantastic, wide-ranging slate of titles from talented and visionary filmmakers next year, and we’re excited to be able get these movies in front of audiences around the world. And, as always, we’ll support all of our releases with innovative and robust marketing campaigns for their theatrical debuts, while highlighting this unique opportunity to see our films domestically via HBO Max as well.

The films will roll at internationally as planned and the decision is focused on the US audience.

SDCC 2019: Expand your Lin-Manuel Miranda Pin Mates collection!

Lights up on Washington Heights! From Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s 1st Tony Award-winning musical, In the Heights, comes a miniature wooden collectible spotlighting the main character… Usnavi!

Whether you’re a fan of that hit musical or you’re looking to expand your Lin-Manuel Miranda collection, you’ll love this delightful 2-inch tall collectible. It’s the perfect size for your desk and pocket-sized for adventures!

Designed in a retro-style that’s reminiscent of figures from the 1960s and 1970s, it comes individually carded and is numbered S09 in the Pin Mates Silver Series. This Usnavi Pin Mates figure is officially licensed from TeeRico by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

You can get this Pin Mates at San Diego Comic-Con or pre-order it for shipment after.