LeBron James and the Looney Tunes give Warner Bros. its best post-pandemic opening since “Godzilla vs. Kong”
Warner Bros.’ “Space Jam: A New Legacy” has blasted past box office expectations with a $31.6 million opening weekend from 3,985 locations, beating Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow,” which earned an estimated $25.6 million in its second weekend.
The combination of LeBron James, the Looney Tunes, and references to Warner Bros.’ entire IP catalog was enough to give the studio its strongest opening weekend since the $32.2 million Fri.-Sun. start of “Godzilla vs. Kong” back in early April. In fact, this opening total tops the entire theatrical run of “In the Heights,” which has grossed $29 million through six weekends in theaters. All Warner Bros. films have also been released simultaneously on HBO Max at no extra charge.
Critics have rejected the sequel with a 31% Rotten Tomatoes score, but audiences have embraced it with an A- on CinemaScore along with a 3.5/5 rating on Postrak.
Also opening this weekend is Sony’s “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” with $8.4 million from 2,815 locations. Produced on a $15 million budget, the horror has met pre-weekend projections but is opening below the $18 million launch earned by the first “Escape Room” in January 2019.
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