Disney’s Jungle Cruise navigated uncertain conditions through a combination of in-person and at home viewers, gathering $32.5 million in theaters for the weekend box office win.
The Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt-led film also took in over $30 million in Disney+ purchases and an additional $27.6 million overseas for a healthy $91 million worldwide start. Pre-Covid 19 pandemic, Disney executives may have been jumping overboard into crocodile infested waters after a $32.5 million debut, but these days, a opening of that size is enough to appease even the hungriest of hippos. Like all pandemic-era film releases, expect Jungle Cruise to run aground next week with a 60% or higher drop in box office receipts, a trend that is becoming quite commonplace, proving again that only the most die-hard fans are showing up at theaters across the country.
A24’s The Green Knight finished in second place with roughly $6.8 million (beating out last week’s winner, Old, by only a few hundred thousand dollars). As is typical with A24 releases, audiences and critics were once again split in terms of their opinions of the film, with The Green Knight garnering a 90% Tomatometer rating and a much lower Audience Score (52%) on Rotten Tomatoes and a C+ Cinemascore.
Black Widow finished in fourth place this week with $6.4 million and is just about to overtake F9′s spot as the top domestic earner so far this year.
Tune in next week for another analysis of the weekend box office when Suicide Squad arrives in theaters (and on HBO Max).