‘Mortal Kombat’ Battles Its Way To Top Of Box Office

by Thomas Tuna

Genre films continue to dominate domestic movie theaters as the country slowly returns to some semblance of normalcy–and the much-hyped Mortal Kombat led the way last weekend. Just barely.

Mortal Kombat raked in $22.5 million from more than 3,000 North American theatre this past weekend, as reported by Variety, making the video game adaptation the second-largest debut of the pandemic era following Godzilla vsKong, which earned $31 million over its opening weekend last month.

The New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. R-rated film was helmed by Simon McQuoid (in his feature film directorial debut) from a screenplay by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham.

But Mortal Kombat had stiff completion. The anime fantasy Demon Slayer earned an estimated $19.5 million from 1,600 locations last weekend. In fact, Demon Slayer–from Funimation and Aniplex–has proven to be a huge hit overseas and has shot past the $400 million mark globally.

And, not surprisingly, Godzilla vsKong continues strong at domestic theaters–coming in third in the box office derby with $4.2 million from 2,800 theaters. The Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures “battle of the century” has now grossed $86.5 million domestically and more than $400 million globally over the past month.

All of this activity led to the best overall weekend for movie theaters since COVID-19 changed things forever. An estimated $54.2 million was spent at all reopened North American theaters last weekend.

“This weekend is another very good step,” said David Gross of the movie consulting company FranchiseRe. “Moviegoing should start to normalize in early June.” That would help another horror entry–John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place Part II–when it hits theaters May 28, the start of the Memorial Day weekend.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on how your favorite horror releases are doing at the box office.

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