Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ topped N. America box office despite mixed reviews



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Los Angeles (AFP) – New Marvel superhero movie “Eternals” grossed around $ 71 million this weekend to overtake the North American box office, a strong opening in the era of the pandemic though a little below expectations, industry observer Exhibitor Relations said on Sunday.

Written and directed by Chloe Zhao, who just won the Academy Award for Best Director for “Nomadland,” the film has faced some of the worst reviews of any Marvel movie – the only one to get a “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes – but performed well overseas, making $ 91 million.

Directed by actors Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden and Gemma Chan, “Eternals” tells the story of an immortal race of aliens who emerge from several millennia hidden to save Earth from evil Deviants.

With “Eternals” gobbling up the biggest piece of box office pie for the period Friday through Sunday, the former “Dune” frontman fell to a very distant second place, at $ 7.6 million.

The sci-fi thriller Warner Bros., based on Frank Herbert’s classic opus, stars Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya and Oscar Isaac. He follows a family into the distant future struggling for survival on a desert planet plagued by monstrous sandworms.

United Artist’s James Bond film “No Time to Die” again placed third at $ 6.2 million. The studio says this is the last time Daniel Craig plays the sweet spy.

It will be available on digital platforms starting Tuesday, a quick turnaround after its October 8 release.

Sony’s superhero film “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” took a spot this weekend, in fourth place, with $ 4.5 million. Its national total is now almost $ 200 million.

And in fifth was the 20th century computer-animated sci-fi comedy “Ron’s Gone Wrong,” at $ 3.6 million. Her voice cast includes Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Olivia Colman.

To complete the top 10:

“La Dépêche française” ($ 2.6 million)

“Halloween Kills” ($ 2.4 million)

“Spencer” ($ 2.1 million)

“Wood” ($ 2 million)

“Last Night in Soho” ($ 1.8 million)

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