Hey, North America, today’s supposed to be National Cinema Day — didn’t you get the memo?
The domestic box office is looking to be so slow this Labor Day weekend that a re-release of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” — a superhero film that first hit theaters almost nine months ago — may make a return to the top of the charts.
Though the third Tom Holland-led Spidey film debuted in theaters in December 2021, Sony releasing the “More Fun Stuff Version” of the film in 3,935 theaters over the holiday weekend, hoping to draw a few fans back with its promise of 11 minutes of unseen footage.
“No Way Home” added $1.75 million to its haul on Friday, projecting a four-day weekend gross of $6.1 million. That’s just a cherry on top for the Marvel Cinematic Universe entry, which stood as the third-highest grossing domestic release of all time with a $804 million gross heading into the weekend.
A victory lap at No. 1 is hardly a guarantee for “Spider-Man” though. With no new releases really making a dent at the box office, the five or six films likely to top box office charts are all projecting weekend grosses within one or two million dollars of one another — enough wiggle room for things to change through Monday.
Other contenders for what is sure to be a prize in the low millions include last weekend’s champion, horror film “The Invitation,” which opened at No. 1 with only $6.8 million. Theater mainstay “Top Gun: Maverick” could also easily swoop in and take the prize.
The only new release this weekend is religious satire “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul,” starring Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall. Though it is screening in 1,879 theaters across the U.S., the movie is also debuting the same day on Peacock, meaning it might just be easier for viewers to enjoy the film from their couches.
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