Mortal Kombat’s Now The Highest-Grossing R-Rated Movie Released During Pandemic Era

Mortal Kombat

Since being released in the US last Friday, the rebooted Mortal Kombat has had a pretty positive response from audiences, if not critics, and appears to be bearing out Warner Bros.’ strategy of dual theatrical and HBO Max debuts. Moreover, the production had a solid weekend at the box office, taking in around $22.5 million, and is now the highest-grossing R-rated movie to arrive in cinemas during the pandemic.

Commenting on Twitter about Mortal Kombat‘s success so far, producer Todd Garner had this to say:

Although there isn’t a lot of competition for Mortal Kombat right now, it did still have to overcome a challenge from Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train, which took home a respectable $19.5 million. In a nice bit of coincidence, the video game adaptation also did very similar business to the 1995 version of the story, which opened to $23.5 million.

Warner Bros. has now enjoyed four of its pictures landing at the top of the box office in 2021, albeit with a limited playing field. According to Deadline, several of the tactics that helped Mortal Kombat perform well included releasing the first seven minutes of the feature as a preview online, and canny advertising spots to bring out customers in available areas of the country.

Meanwhile, a sequel now seems to be all-but-assured, and will hopefully satisfy fans that were disappointed with notable omissions from the Simon McQuoid-directed effort. Personally, I caught up with Mortal Kombat the other day, and while it’s not as effective as Godzilla vs. Kong, it’s still a decent action experience enlivened by a few significantly gory fatalities. Going forward, then, Warner Bros. and the rest of the majors must have renewed confidence about salvaging the summer blockbuster season, at least to a partial degree.