Box Office: With Jason Statham’s ‘Wrath of Man,’ Summer Movie Season Gets Slow Start

Wrath of Man,” a heist thriller starring Jason Statham, is leading box office charts with its $8.1 million debut.It’s hardly the start to summer movie season, which typically kicks off the first weekend in May, that many theater owners were hoping would ignite with Marvel’s “Black Widow.” (Disney recently moved the release of its superhero tentpole starring Scarlett Johansson from May 7 to July 9).

At the very least, it’s something to keep film exhibitors afloat until moviegoing is expected to pick up with Disney’s “Cruella” and Paramount’s “A Quiet Place Part II” at the end of the month, followed by “F9,” the musical “In the Heights” and “The Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Wife” in June.In North America, the box office has returned in fits and starts as Covid-19 vaccination rates rise and major movie markets, such as New York City and Los Angeles, loosen capacity restrictions in theaters.

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