'Eternals' Remains Atop Domestic Box Office for Second Straight Weekend

Despite some extremely tepid reviews, Marvel's 'Eternals' earned $27.5 million this weekend, placing it atop the domestic box office once again

Moviegoers attend opening night event for 'Eternals.'

A general view of the theater and screen at Marvel Studios "Eternals" Special Opening Night Fan Event.

Moviegoers attend opening night event for 'Eternals.'

Even when Marvel loses, it wins. 

Despite some extremely tepid reviews, Eternals earned $27.5 million this weekend, placing it atop the domestic box office once again, Varietyreports. That number was just enough to stave off the $22 million amassed during the five-day theatrical release of the Paramount family film, Clifford the Big Red Dog

Eternals saw a steep decline of 61 percent in its second weekend, falling in line with the other MCU releases from earlier this year. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings fell 52 percent, while Black Widow dipped 67 percent. The latter was infamously subjected to a day-and-date release, and resulted in Scarlett Johnansson ultimately reaching a settlement with Disney over an alleged breach of contract. 

The Chloé Zhao-directed film also eclipsed the $100 million mark domestically, a significant accomplishment that only a handful of movies have achieved this year. Eternals reached this rarefied air despite the aforementioned less than favorable early reactions and an all-time low Rotten Tomatoes score for a Marvel movie. The widely-panned 2013 film Thor: The Dark World currently has a 66 percent rating, but Eternals has cemented its Rotten status with a 47 percent score, as of this writing. 

Eternals hauled in another $48 million overseas, bumping its total to $162.6 million, and pushing its worldwide sum to $281.4 million. 

In further proof that superhero movies simply don’t miss at the box office, Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage has now pulled in $202 million domestically, becoming just the second film to do so in the COVID-era. Shang-Chi is still the highest-earning film of 2021 with $224 million, but its reign could be in danger of being toppled.

Still, these explosive numbers will likely be eclipsed on December 17, when Spider-Man: No Way Home storms into theaters. Get ready, folks.

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