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On dismal film weekend, 'Wakanda' stays on top – Free Malaysia Today

LOS ANGELES: Disney and Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” has again led the North American box office, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday, but the film’s estimated weekend take of just US$11.1 million reflected a deep slump in moviegoing.
Hollywood has suffered from a dearth of big new films and the growing popularity of home streaming services. This weekend’s top 12 films grossed under US$35 million, one of the year’s worst totals, analysts said.
In its five weeks out, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” has now taken in a domestic total of US$409.8 million. But that is far from the US$700.4 million grossed by the original 2018 film, and “Wakanda” is expected to be knocked off its reigning perch next weekend.
The Dec 16 release of 20th Century’s much anticipated “Avatar: The Way of Water” “can’t come soon enough,” said “Until then, the box office is slowing to a crawl.”
In second place this weekend was Universal’s action comedy “Violent Night,” at US$8.7 million for the Friday-through-Saturday period. David Harbour stars as a sledgehammer-wielding Santa who takes on some bad guys trying to ruin one family’s Christmas.
Disney’s computer-animated sci-fi film “Strange World” again placed third, with ticket sales of US$3.6 million.
Searchlight’s horror-comedy “The Menu,” starring Ralph Fiennes, held at fourth place, taking in US$2.7 million.
And in fifth was Sony’s “Devotion,” about the friendship of two US fighter pilots during the Korean War, at US$2 million.
One weekend bright spot, said, was A24’s “The Whale,” which in limited release took in US$360,000 from just six theatres, the best per-screen average this year. Brendan Fraser, in a prosthetic suit, stars as a 270-kilogram man who tries to reconnect with his daughter.
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