Los Angeles, April 27, 2021: Warner Bros.' "Mortal Combat" did surprisingly well in the opening weekend at the domestic box office. The movie grossed $23.3 million and topped its debut weekend in North America.
The movie, which is R-rated, blown away the local surveys which predicted a maximum of $15 million in the first weekend in the domestic market. These are the signs that the US box office is on a steadfast recovery path given the fact that all Warner Bros. movies of 2021 are scheduled to release in theaters and studios streaming platform, HBO Max simultaneously.
"Mortal Combat", however, facing tough competition from " Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train", the feature film based on a popular shonen anime. It had the second-best run in the opening weekend with $21.1 million.
Demon Slayer is already the highest-grossing Japanese film of all time, in the animated and live-action category. It was released in October last year and earned roughly $350 million at the box office, breaking the record previously set by Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.