Despite the global pandemic in different countries, Space Jam: A New Legacy has taken the number-one spot at the box office in its opening weekend.
According to Deadline, the LeBron James-led film opened with $13.1 million USD at 3,965 theaters, for what will be a $32 million USD opening weekend. The film is so far the biggest for Warner Bros. since the Covid-19 pandemic, knocking Godzilla vs. Kong‘s 3-day of $28.2M and the best opening for a family movie.
On the flip side, the film also beats out the recently Disney/Marvel’s Black Widow, which did $8M on Friday, 16th July 2021.
Space Jam: A New Legacy follows Michael Jordan’s 1996 movie by transporting LeBron James into a digital world with Warner Bros’ Looney Tunes characters for a basketball game against the Goon Squad. The fate of James’ son, played by actor Cedric Joe, and the Looney Tunes themselves, will be decided by the outcome of the game.
Space Jam 2 will only hit Ster-Kinekor later this month, otherwise, it is available for streaming on HBO Max.