Families Collide As Black Widow Tops F9 With Biggest Opening in Pandemic Era

Sorry F9.

Like Thanos once said, “I am inevitable,” and while Vin Diesel’s family flick was a refreshing opening for blockbuster movies, another little family film, Black Widow, debuted to the tune of $158 million worldwide ($80 million domestically). This shattered F9’s domestic debut of $70 million, and overtook F9’s three week reign over the top of the domestic box office. With its massive opening, Black Widow has led the highest-grossing weekend since February 14-17 of 2020, when Sonic The Hedgehog was topping the charts.

The $158 million that Black Widow grossed is without any mention of the reported $60 million it made on Disney+ Premier Access. Black Widow peaked with $39.5 million on its opening Friday, an impressive number considering it was also available for an additional $30 on Disney+ Premiere Access.

No MCU film has released since 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, though the three television shows helped quench the thirst for MCU content during the absence.

F9 still had another good weekend despite a 52% drop from its earnings last week, making $10,880,000 which pushed its domestic gross to over $141 million.

The Boss Baby: Family Business and The Forever Purge both had similar drops of 45.6% and 46.5%, with the former making $8.7 million and the latter $6.7 million domestically in their second weekends. Neither are close to making the same amount their predecessors did, though The Boss Baby: Family Business has thrived on Peacock. It was reported earlier this week that it had been streamed more than Cruella by subscribers at any of the paid tiers for the streaming service.

A Quiet Place Part II continues its steady run, only dropping 26.7% this weekend and making another $3 million. Its worldwide gross is now sitting at $279 million, adding its total as the fifth highest-grossing film of 2021.

Black Widow — to no one’s surprise — is the story of the weekend, and likely will be for a couple weeks at the bare minimum until (maybe) Snake Eyes opens. Two sequels release next week, with Space Jam: A New Legacy and Escape Room: Tournament of Champions both releasing. Though it seems unlikely that either will overtake Black Widow’s spot at no. 1 with the former also being simultaneously released free of charge (to subscribers) of HBO Max, and the latter being a sequel to another successful Blumhouse low-budget horror flick. Escape Room (2019) made $155 million worldwide, but almost two-thirds of that came internationally. Neither bring enough star power to dethrone the newest MCU movie that Disney has churned out, and I don’t think Nicholas Cage’s revenge movie about a stolen pig will be enough to break the spider’s web that Black Widow has on the box office. Marvel’s dominance of the box office continues to show, and that is great news for a studio with three more films coming before the end of 2021.