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‘The Boy and the Heron’ Tops Slow Dec. 10 Weekend Box Office Media Play News

December 10, 2023

With no major theatrical new releases, GKIDS’ anime feature film The By and the Heron topped the slow weekend box office with an estimated $12.3 in North American debut ticket sales through Dec. 10.

The title from Japanese animator, filmmaker, and manga artist Hayao Miyazaki has now sold about $100 million in global ticket sales since its July 14 theatrical debut in Japan.

At No. 2 for the weekend, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes took in an estimated $9.4 million in North America revenue, lifting the film’s four-weekend tally to $135.66 million in North America. Overseas, the movie took in another $11 million this weekend, upping the international box office total to $143.3 million for a global tally of $278.96 million.

Separately, Saw director John Woo’s Silent Night took in another $1.72 million this weekend, lifting the holiday-themed horror film’s two-weekend total to approximately $5.84 million.

At No. 3, Toho Entertainment’s Godzilla Minus One added another $8.3 million second-weekend ticket sales to up its total past $25.3 million. That was followed by Universal Pictures’ Trolls Band Together, which upped its four-weekend tally past $83 million following an additional $6.2 million in ticket sales.

Disney’s animated musical Wish and last weekend’s chart topper, AMC Theatres’ music documentary Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé entered Sunday in a virtual tie at more than $5 million in ticket sales. A near 75% drop in revenue for Beyoncé’s concert film.

Elsewhere, Paramount Pictures/Apple Studios’ Killers of the Flower Moon added $400,000 in revenue across in 44 markets on the film’s 8th international weekend. The foreign box office now stands at $83.1 million, upping the global tally past $155 million, including $71.9 million in North America. 

Finally, animated family title Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie grossed $300,000, off 45% from last weekend, across 39 markets. The international tally now stands at $130.4 million, including $65 million across North American screens.

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Erik Gruenwedel

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