Box Office: ‘Scream’ Refuses To Stay Silent With $30M Debut, Unseating ‘Spider-Man’

  1. Scream (review)- $30.6M

Scream wouldn’t stay silent in its opening weekend, as the Ghostface became first to unseat Spider-Man at the box office. The $30.6M debut, and estimated $36M four-day holiday total, is beyond expectations for the longtime horror franchise. This is far better than the $18M brought in by Scream 4 back in 2011. The reunion of David Arquette, Neve Campbell, and Courteney Cox was enough to return original fans, while a cast of fresh faces lured in newbies who may be unfamiliar with the series’ play on genre tropes.

2. Spider-Man: No Way Home– $20.8M/$698.7M

By the time the MLK holiday is through, Spider-Man: No Way Home should have surpassed $704M which would put it fourth all-time on the domestic box office. Worldwide it sits at $1.6B.

3. Sing 2– $8.2M/$119.3M

4. The 355– $2.34M/$8.4M

5. The King’s Man– $2.31M/$28.6M

6. Belle (review)- $1.64M

The acclaimed anime film Belle from director Mamoru Hosoda opened with $1.6M in a little over 1300 specialty theaters. It should top $2M by the end of the holiday, and is already the director’s highest-grossing movie in the U.S. behind 2018’s Mirai. The film, about a lonely girl who takes on a celebrity persona in a gigantic Internet community of billions, is as much a musical as a coming-of-age film and love story, which has helped it gain traction over social media.

7. American Underdog– $1.6M/$21M

8. West Side Story– $948K/$33.7M

9. Licorice Pizza– $883K/$9.5M

10. The Matrix Resurrections– $815K/$35.8M


Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.