Box Office: ‘Violent Night’ Ho Ho Hoarding Projected $11.8 Million Opening

Box Office: ‘Violent Night’ Ho Ho Hoarding Projected $11.8 Million Opening

December 3, 2022

“Violent Night” is receiving some holiday cheer with a second place opening on domestic charts, but Santa and his reindeer won’t be able to sleigh the reigning box office leader “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

Universal’s action film, which stars David Harbour as a cranky Kris Kringle that takes on a team of mercenaries taking a family hostage, is debuting around the middle of its projections, projecting an $11.8 million haul from 3,682 locations. That’s a decent result for the 87North production, which carries a frugal $20 million production budget.

Directed by Tommy Wirkola, “Violent Night” landed so-so with critics, but earned a more positive “B+” grade through research firm Cinema Score, indicating some solid approval from ticketbuyers. Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman wrote that the film “throws every genre it can into the compactor, but that may prove to be a winning holiday buffet.”

With a foundation to build from, “Violent Night” could find itself in a solid position, potentially drawing seasonally tickled viewers in the holiday spirit through the month.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” looks to dominate the box office once again. The superhero sequel added $4.4 million on Friday, expanding its already hefty domestic total to $380 million. A finish above $400 million seems more than likely, which would make “Wakanda Forever” only the third release this year to surpass that total in North America.

The “Black Panther” follow-up will then look to surpass fellow Marvel entry “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” which topped out in the summer with $411 million and currently stands as the second-highest grossing 2022 domestic release. Beyond that, a finish matching the first “Black Panther” ($700 million) is out of the cards. It’s difficult to reach that superlative level of interest though.

Former box office champion “Top Gun: Maverick” is also making an appearance back in theaters this weekend, as Paramount is re-releasing the Tom Cruise sequel from through Dec. 15. The film, which is now available to watch at home, isn’t making much of a splash, looking to add $600,000 this weekend.

More to come…

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