Updated on 18 Jan 2021, 1:29 pm
The Marksman, which premiered in 1,975 locations, is expected to rake in $3.7 million through the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday.
An American action thriller film directed by Robert Lorenz, The Marksman is about a rancher and a former retired Marine (Liam Neeson) living in Arizona-Mexican border that helps a young boy escape a Mexican drug cartel.
It is a second Liam Neeson movie which is ruling over the US box office during the pandemic. Months after his action thriller Honest Thief led domestic charts as No. 1 with $3.2 million in ticket sales, The Marksman joins the company of Honest Thief and Robert De Niro’s The War with Grandpa as some of the lowest-grossing box office toppers in modern history, highlighting the bleak reality that movie theaters are facing amid the country’s latest COVID-19 surge. Overall, around 65 per cent of US theaters are closed due to the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Wonder Woman 1984 fell to second place after beating the competition for three straights weekends. Warner Bros. did not provide a three-day total, but the studio projects the Gal Gadot led superhero sequel will generate $2.6 million through the extended holiday weekend. However, “Wonder Woman 1984” could drop to third place behind The Croods: A New Age when Martin Luther King Day sales are finalized on Monday.
Wonder Woman 1984, a DC Comics adaptation that cost $200 million to produce, released simultaneously on the fledgling streaming service HBO Max. It will be taken off the platform next Sunday, and the film will only be available to watch in theaters until it reaches its traditional home entertainment window. It’s expected to return to the streaming platform a few months later.
First published:18 Jan 2021, 1:29 pm