âSpace Jam: A New Legacy,â which stars James alongside Looney Tunes, grossed around $ 31.6 million when it opened in North America this weekend. It exceeded industry expectations, which predicted the film would gross over $ 20 million for its debut.
This number is somewhat surprising for several reasons.
For starters, the Warner Bros. has been widely criticized. The sequel to the 1996 family movie starring Michael Jordan, scored 31% on review site, Rotten Tomatoes. (Warner Bros., like CNN, is owned by WarnerMedia.)
However, it seems reviews don’t matter much to consumers, who gave it an 81% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and an âA-â on CinemaScore.
James himself even commented on the bad reviews of tweet a story
about the film’s positive box office totals alongside a comment that read “Hey haters!”
The other reason the solid box office is a bit of a surprise is that âSpace Jamâ was also available on HBO Max.
The film, which would have had a production budget of $ 150 million, was released on the streaming service at no additional cost to subscribers on the same day it hit theaters. So the audience could have stayed home to watch, but it looks like a fair amount still came out and bought a ticket.
As for the rest of the weekend’s box office, Marvel’s âBlack Widowâ came in behind âSpace Jamâ with an estimated $ 26.3. million in North America for its second weekend.
The film, starring Scarlett Johansson as the vengeful super-spy, debuts both at the box office and on Disney’s streaming service, Disney +. Its second weekend box office totals are down 67% from last weekend.
So far, the superhero film has grossed $ 264 million at the global box office, according to Disney (SAY).