There has been much discussion surrounding Eternals when it came to its measure of success. It hasn’t been accepted as much by critics as other films of the franchise and even got a B Audience Score which showed it was less the crowd-pleaser that many are accustomed to. Still, it opened to the fourth-biggest opening of 2021 and since the pandemic began. It did face a harsher drop in the second weekend but was on par with other recent releases like Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Still, it looks like the film is on track to pass Black Widow‘s worldwide box office.
The film officially passed the $300M mark over the weekend and already beat Free Guy’s global $331.4M cume. At this rate, it might pass Black Widow‘s $376M in the next few weeks Shang-Chi currently stands at $418M and there is a chance that the latest installment could pass that film’s box office if it hits the higher end of its speculated $445M global run. The film is carried by a very impressive international run and has seen some mid-week impressive numbers even with harsher drops on weekends. South Korea has been a strong market for the film with $21M and leading the international markets.
Even with some of the criticism surrounding the project, it does look like the film is still having an impressive box office run without a Chinese release. Spider-Man: No Way Home may be the first to get that release and many are predicting it’s going to be the first post-pandemic release to pass the billion mark. So, Marvel Studios is doing quite well even with the challenging situations posed by the pandemic.