LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JULY 12: (L-R) Sonequa Martin-Green, Harper Leigh Alexander, Ceyair Wright, Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe, LeBron James, and Malcolm D. Lee attend the premiere of Warner Bros “Space Jam: A New Legacy” at Regal LA Live on July 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
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King Lebron Reigns Again As New ‘Space Jam’ Tops North America Box Office

New Warner Bros. release “Space Jam: A New Legacy” rocketed to the top of the North American box office over the weekend, taking in $31.7 million in the best showing of a family film since Covid first hammered the industry.

The live-action/animated movie — a sequel nearly 25 years after the original “Space Jam” with Michael Jordan — has NBA superstar LeBron James teaming up with Bugs Bunny and other Looney Tunes characters in a high-stakes basketball game against a rogue artificial-intelligence entity threatening his son.

The film’s strong performance, which came despite middling-to-terrible reviews — the New York Post called it an “abomination” — propelled it past last weekend’s leader, Disney superhero film “Black Widow.”

 

 

That Marvel Studios production, starring Scarlett Johansson, took in $25.8 million in the Friday-through-Sunday period, down sharply from its $80.4 million opening, according to industry watcher Exhibitor Relations.

In third place was Sony’s psychological thriller “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions,” at $8.8 million. Taylor Russell and Logan Miller, reprising their roles in 2019’s “Escape Room,” face a series of deadly traps and puzzles set by the evil Minos.

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Fourth place went to Universal’s “F9: The Fast Saga,” at $7.7 million, bringing the four-week domestic total of the Vin Diesel/John Cena action thriller to almost $155 million.

And in fifth was Universal’s animated “Boss Baby: Family Business,” at $4.7 million.

 

Film Name: SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY
Copyright: © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Photo Credit: Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures
Caption: (L-R Backs to Camera) SYLVESTER, DAFFY DUCK, LOLA BUNNY, (Center frame) LEBRON JAMES, and TWEETY BIRD in Warner Bros. Pictures’ animated/live-action adventure “SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

 

Further down the top 10, “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” — the Focus Features/CNN Films movie about the world-traveling chef — had the best opening of a documentary this year, at just short of $2 million.

 

 

Rounding out the top 10 were:

“The Forever Purge” ($4.1 million)

“A Quiet Place: Part II” ($2.2 million)

“Roadrunner” ($2 million)

“Cruella” ($1.2 million)

“Pig” ($970,000)

 

 

(FILES) In this file photo basketball player/actor LeBron James arrives at the Warner Bros Pictures world premiere of “Space Jam: A New Legacy” at the Regal LA Live in Los Angeles, California, July 12, 2021.  (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

 


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JULY 12: (L-R) LeBron James, Zhuri Nova James, and Savannah Brinson attend the premiere of Warner Bros “Space Jam: A New Legacy” at Regal LA Live on July 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
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