Denzel and Rami keep investigating first place

On its second weekend in theaters, the R-rated crime-drama THE LITTLE THINGS remained in the top spot at the box office with an estimated $2.1 million.

The thriller from writer-director John Lee Hancock (THE BLIND SIDE, SAVING MR. BANKS) dropped by 55% from its opening last weekend for a ten-day domestic total of $7.8 million.

The Warner Bros. release, which simultaneously premiered on their HBO Max streaming platform, involves a pair of cops (Denzel Washington and Rami Malek) following a shifty serial-killer suspect (Jared Leto, who gained a Golden Globe nomination for his creepy portrayal). The movie has earned $13 million worldwide, on a reported cost of $30 million.

For a bit of comparison, last year’s pre-lockdown Super Bowl weekend had the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence sequel BAD BOYS FOR LIFE in first place (on its third weekend on screens) with $17.6 million, before it went on to become the highest-grossing domestic release of coronavirus-infected 2020 with $204 million.

Sitting steadfast in second place was the PG-rated DreamWorks animated sequel THE CROODS: A NEW AGE with $1.76 million. After 11 weekends in theaters, the $65 million Universal release has a domestic total of $46 million and $147.6 million worldwide.

The Liam Neeson action-thriller THE MARKSMAN was in third place with $1 million on its fourth weekend on screens. The $23 million Open Road release has a domestic total of $9.1 million and $10.8 million worldwide.

Dipping down to six figures was the PG-13 superhero sequel WONDER WOMAN 1984 with $905,000 over its seventh weekend in theaters (the $200 million follow-up is no longer available on the HBO Max streaming service, where it also debuted on Christmas Day).

The Warner Bros. movie has a domestic total of $40.3 million and a worldwide total of $154.5 million, a considerable distance (for obvious pandemic reasons) from the $412 million domestic and $818 million global totals of the first movie’s 2017 release.

After that, things lined up similar to last weekend: Paul W.S. Anderson’s videogame adaptation MONSTER HUNTER was in fifth place, followed by the Tom Hanks Old West drama NEWS OF THE WORLD in sixth place.

The R-rated revenge drama PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN was again in seventh place, with Lionsgate’s psychological thriller FATALE remaining in eighth place. And the unwavering Robert De Niro family comedy THE WAR WITH GRANDPA was yet again in ninth place on its 18th weekend in the Top 10 as it keeps crawling toward the $20 million mark.

The surprise catalog title for the weekend was an IMAX reissue of Peter Jackson’s Tolkien adaptation THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, in tenth place with $166,000 on 150 screens. The first chapter of the acclaimed fantasy saga has an unadjusted domestic total of $315.6 million since its original release back in 2001.

Next weekend offers the historical drama JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH with Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield (the movie also concurrently launches on HBO Max release) and the drama LAND, directed by and starring Robin Wright.

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