You’ve got to take the good with the bad at the box office, especially with the pandemic still having a detrimental effect on business across the board, so the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Eternals shouldn’t be viewed as anything other than a massive success after its first weekend in theaters.
Sure, the 26th installment in the franchise may have delivered the lowest first frame numbers since Ant-Man back in the summer of 2015, but a $71 million haul in three days has only been bettered by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Black Widow and Venom: Let There Be Carnage since the end of 2019.
On top of that, a $162 million global bow is the second-highest of the COVID-19 era behind No Time to Die, so Eternals is a winner when you look at nothing but the facts. Tooting its own horn, Marvel Studios celebrated the movie’s healthy coffers on Instagram, as you can see below.
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Now the questions turns to whether or not Eternals will show enough legs to justify a sequel, with many of the core cast tied down to multi-picture contracts. The Incredible Hulk remains the MCU’s only one-and-done effort ever, so you’d be foolish to bet against the immortal aliens returning for another cosmic adventure in the future.