Marvel fans across the United States have been patiently waiting for the July 9 premiere of Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, and Rachel Weisz. The film’s release was delayed at least three times; it was originally supposed to premiere in May of 2020.
Now that Black Widow is finally coming to theaters, it’s going up against some solid competition. Folks have been waiting to get back to the movies for ages, and new releases are doing extremely well across the country. Let’s look at this past weekend’s top box office films–courtesy of IMDb–to see what Black Widow will be up against when it premieres this Friday.
The Top Films of Fourth of July Weekend
F9 – The tenth official installment of the Fast and Furious franchise has been in theaters for two weeks, and made $24 million over the weekend. Directed by Justin Lin, this film has already made over $500 million globally. As of today, it is the third-highest grossing film of the year.
The Boss Baby: Family Business – This sequel to 2017’s The Boss Baby features a star-studded cast, including Alec Baldwin, James Marsden, Amy Sedaris, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jeff Goldblum. It made about $17.3 million in its opening weekend.
The Forever Purge – This summer is all about sequels and franchises. The fifth film (and finale) to The Purge series has made $12.8 million in its single week at the box office so far.
A Quiet Place Part II – The most dominant film on this list has so far raked in $144.4 million after six weeks in theaters. This past weekend alone, John Krasinki’s much-anticipated sequel to A Quiet Place made $4.2 million.
Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard – This action comedy film is directed by Patrick Hughes, and stars Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds, Richard E. Grant, Antonio Banderas, and Morgan Freeman. Critics have not loved this sequel to The Hitman’s Bodyguard, but the film has managed to remain in theaters for three weeks. Last weekend, it made $3 million.
Cruella – The only film to come close to catching up with A Quiet Place Part II is Cruella, which has been in theaters for six weeks. However, with $2.6 million in sales this past weekend and $76.6 million in gross sales, it’s made only about half of what A Quiet Place Part II has.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway – Originally set to be released in February of 2020, this film has been waiting for its turn at the box office forever. Although critics have responded to its four weeks in theaters with mixed reviews, the film managed to pull in $2.3 million last weekend.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – After five weeks in theaters, the third installment of The Conjuring franchise made $1.3 million last weekend.
Can the new Black Widow, directed by Cate Shortland, top all these films when it comes out this week? With critics responding to the film’s international premieres with generally positive reviews so far, it has the opportunity to do quite well here in the States.