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World Box Office, May 3-9, 2021

Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham, teaming up for the fourth time in Wrath of Man, unleashed box office fury this past weekend with $8.1 million to take the number one spot in the domestic chart.

The action-thriller also starring Josh Hartnett, Andy Garcia, Scott Eastwood, and Holt McCallany dislodged Demon Slayer: Mugen Train from the top. While it retains its two records as the highest-grossing anime and Japanese movie worldwide, Haruo Sotozaki’s Demon Slayer settled for second place after earning $3.05 million.

Falling to third place was Simon McQuoid’s Mortal Kombat, which took in $2.38 million.

Comprising the rest of the top 10 were Godzilla vs. Kong ($1.93 million), Raya and the Last Dragon ($1.87 million), Separation ($1.075 million), Here Today (a comedy, directed by Billy Crystal , with Sharon Stone, Penn Badgely, Tiffany Haddish, Laura Benanti and Kevin Kline, which debuted with $900,000), Nobody ($760,000), The Unholy ($730,000) and Tom and Jerry ($426,000).

The North American box office action is expected to continue heating up with the release this month of three films.

These are John Krasinski’s eagerly awaited A Quiet Place Part II, starring Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy, and Noah Jupe, whose release was delayed when the coronavirus pandemic struck last year; Craig Gillespie’s Cruella, with Emma Stone in the title role; and Darren Lynn Bousman’s crime/horror/mystery Spiral, featuring Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella and Morgan David Jones.

Overseas, Wrath of Man was also forceful, especially in Russia where it opened earlier and has been on top of the chart for several weeks. Ritchie’s heist-revenge caper, set in Los Angeles and based on Nicolas Boukhrief’s 2004 French flick, Cash Truck, drew $4.4 million for an international total of $17.6 million so far.

Elsewhere, China remains not only the world’s largest film market but also the hottest in these COVID-19 health crisis times. Early reports indicate that respected filmmaker Zhang Yimou’s Cliff Walkers took in $5.7 million last Friday, topping Break Through the Darkness and My Love, in that order.

Cliff Walkers, a historical action film set in pre-World War II, has now earned $118.2 million while Van Han’s melodrama, My Love, boasts of cumulative ticket sales of $114 million.

In the SVOD (subscription video on demand) race, for the first time, Netflix did not rule the top two berths. For the week of April 5 to 11 (Nielsen lags in its reporting), The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, powered by Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, and Wyatt Russell, put Disney Plus back on the peak of Nielsen’s chart of streamed shows.

In another first, Amazon occupied the second spot, thanks to Them, a horror drama series from creator Little Marvin, producer Lena Waithe and stars Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Alison Pill, Ryan Kwanten, and Melody Hurd.

Netflix dominated the rest of the top 10, in this order: The Serpent, Who Killed Sarah, This is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist, Family Reunion, The Crown, The Irregulars, Ginny & Georgia, and The Great British Baking Show.