Despite the fact that they could watch
" at home, moviegoers flocked to theaters in epidemic proportions this weekend to see the first Marvel
film in two years.
The Walt Disney
Company said on Sunday that the superhero film grossed more than $215 million in its first weekend, with an estimated $80 million in North American ticket
sales, $78 million from international theaters, and at least $60 million in Disney+ Premier Access rentals.
The previous pandemic
recordholder in North America was Universal's "F9
," which debuted to $70 million a few weeks ago; however, unlike "Black Widow," which is playing on 4,100 screens, the ninth "Fast & Furious" film was only available in theaters.
The blockbuster “Black Widow,” starring Scarlett Johansson
, has had a long journey to theaters. Originally scheduled to come out in May of 2020, the blockbuster was delayed due to the pandemic. Disney eventually decided to release it “day and date,” meaning on more than one platform at the same time
It is unusual for studios to release real-time gross profits from streaming services
“The strong performance of ‘Black Widow’ this weekend confirms our flexible distribution strategy of making franchise films available in theaters for a true cinematic experience and, as COVID concerns continue globally, providing choice to consumers who prefer to watch at home on Disney+,” said Kareem Daniel, chairman of Disney Media
Distribution, in a statement.