AceShowbiz - "Spiral (2021): From the Book of Saw" is unchallenged at the North American box office on its second week. The latest and ninth installment of the "Saw" film series remains atop the chart as it faces almost no competition on yet another quiet weekend.
The Chris Rock-led horror film adds an estimated $4.6 million to its domestic gross, bringing it to $15.8 million so far. Internationally, it has earned $6.7 million for a global total of $22.5 million, bringing the "Saw" franchise to cross the $1 billion mark globally with $1,000,799,533 to be precise.
Former champion "Wrath of Man" also holds on to its last week's position at No. 2 with approximately $2.9 million, while Angelina Jolie's "Those Who Wish Me Dead" is unmoved at No. 3 with additional $1.8 million.
"Raya and the Last Dragon" and "Godzilla vs Kong" are up one position each to round out the top five with approximately $1.7 million and $1.4 million respectively, as "Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train" is pushed two places to No. 6 with an estimated addition of $1.3 million.
Internationally, the race is more lively this weekend with the release of "F9", the ninth and latest installment of the hugely popular "Fast & Furious" franchise. The Justin Lin-directed pic debuts to $162.4 million in eight markets, including China, Korea and Hong Kong.
The number marks the best start for a Hollywood blockbuster since COVID-19 pandemic hit the film and theater industries, breaking the record previously set by "Godzilla vs Kong" with $121.8 million last spring.
"Moviegoers are eager to come back to theaters when the right movie is out there," said Universal's president of international distribution Veronika Kwan Vandenberg of what the box office performance of "F9" denotes. "It's a great movie for the China market. It has a strong fanbase."
This excitement, however, will only be seen domestically next month as the movie is not scheduled to open in U.S. theaters until June 25. In the meantime, the arrivals of horror sequel "A Quiet Place Part II" and Disney's live-action "Cruella" are expected to drive up moviegoing on Memorial Day weekend.
Top 10 of North America Box Office (May 21-23, 2021):