The anime action adventure “Demon Slayer” is expected to end the weekend with $6.4 million in ticket sales, while “Mortal Kombat” trails closely behind with $6.2 million between Friday and Sunday. Both films debuted last weekend and dipped roughly 70% from their initial outings.
In normal times, those figures would have been somewhat disappointing for nationwide releases but during a pandemic, it’s not a terrible result. Still, it leaves lingering questions about when moviegoing will return in earnest — and if upcoming potential blockbusters like “A Quiet Place Part II,” Marvel’s “Black Widow” and “Fast and Furious” sequel “F9” will premiere as expected this summer.
“It should come as no surprise that as the theatrical marketplace finds its footing, the box office will naturally move in fits and starts,