Tim Hill‘s family friendly comedy The War With Grandpa topped the U.S. box office with $3.6 million, enough to topple Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet from the top spot.
Tenet, now in its sixth weekend of play in the U.S. grossed $2.1 million for a problematic domestic total of $48.3 million. Overseas, it zoomed to $275 million for a global total of $323.3 million, according to Warner Bros.
Overall, it was a quiet weekend in the wake of Regal Cinemas closing all but seven of its U.S. locations because of a lack of Hollywood product amid the ongoing pandemic.
From David Glasser‘s 101 Studios, The War With Grandpa stars Robert De Niro as a cantankerous grandfather who goes to war with his resourceful grandson (Oakes Fegley). The film is a leftover title from The Weinstein Co., where Glasser used to work.
Both families — as well as older adults — turned out to the see War With Grandpa. Of those buying tickets, 46 percent said it was their first time back to the cinema. “We are really pleased that 101 Studios was able to offer audiences a comedy that is bringing the whole family back to theaters,” 101 Studios president of distribution Laurent Ouaknine said.
With catalogue titles taking up more and more of the marquee, Disney had three re-releases in the marketplace, led by Hocus Pocus, which earned another $1.2 million in its second weekend. Coco, a new catalogue this weekend, earned $603,000 followed by $145,000 for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Road-rage thriller Unhinged hit $19.3 million domestically, while fellow indie title After We Collided continues to please overseas, where it has now earned north of $42 million.