Angelina Jolie's survival action thriller "Those Who Wish Me Dead" didn't do much to revive the North American box office.
The Warner Bros. film, which debuted simultaneously on the streaming service HBO Max, took in a paltry $2.8 million in its opening weekend.
The film "Those Who Wish Me Dead", played in 3,188 cinemas, a sizable footprint considering only 65% of movie theatres are currently open, according to Comscore.
"Those Who Wish Me Dead," which finished the weekend in third place, wasn't the only new movie to open. "Spiral," a creepy addition to the terrifying "Saw" franchise, brought in $8.7 million between Friday and Sunday. That's a mediocre start given its $20 million production budget, but it's enough to easily nab the No 1 spot on box office charts in the coronavirus era.
"Saw" veteran Darren Lynn Bousman directed "Spiral," which stars Chris Rock, Max Minghella and Samuel L Jackson and follows police efforts to stop a Jigsaw copycat killer.
"Wrath of Man," a heist thriller starring Jason Statham, slid to No. 2 in its second weekend of release, adding $3.7 million from 3,007 theatres. The MGM film has made $14.6 million in North America to date.
At the international box office, where Miramax is distributing the movie, "Wrath of Man" has grossed $41.4 million in total. It opened in Chinese theatres on Monday and made $7.1 million in its first three days of release, as well as another $8.7 million over the weekend, bringing its tally in China to $18.5 million.
Ranking slightly below "Those Who Wish Me Dead," the anime film "Demon Slayer: Mugen Train" and Disney's "Raya and the Last Dragon" landed in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
"Demon Slayer" has become an unexpected hit in the US in its fourth weekend in theatres, the film collected $1.78 million for a domestic haul of $41.9 million. Meanwhile, "Raya and the Last Dragon," which is currently available on Disney Plus for a premium $30 rental fee, pulled in $1.71 million in its 11th weekend of release. That brings its cumulative total to $46 million.