Space Jam: A New Legacy managed to send Black Widow down into the number two spot after a better-than-expected opening weekend.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new Space Jam did far better than it’s expected $20 million opening with a whopping $31.7 million. This meant that Marvel’s Black Widow fell to the second spot on its second weekend bringing in only $26.3 million, a devastating 67% decline.
This marks the biggest decline weekend over weekend for a Marvel film released by Disney. The likely reason for this is due to the pandemic keeping people at home and the simultaneous availability on Disney + Premier Access.
Internationally, Space Jam 2 hasn’t done as well due the pandemic still causing havoc in many markets. It pulled in $23 million from 64 territories.
This is all in spite of the terrible reviews the film has received. It currently holds a 32% critic approval on Rotten Tomatoes and a 4.2/10 on IMDB. However, the audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes holds a strong 81%.
Peter Travers from ABC News said of the film, “Critics will pick on this sequel. It’s what we do when an alleged creative enterprise turns into a corporate ad campaign. Expect no grumbles from the under-13 crowd eager to eyeball LeBron James jamming in cyberspace with cartoon royalty.”
The audience consensus on Rotten Tomatoes states that, “LeBron James probably won’t win any acting awards, but this is an entertaining all-ages movie with solid animation, a positive message for kids, and fun cameos for older viewers.”
It seems that the reasons critics hate it are the same reasons that audiences are enjoying it.