Bob Odenkirk, action star?

It’s a premise so unexpected, so curious, that it just might have enticed audiences to watch “Nobody,” a revenge thriller that sees an otherwise unassuming Odenkirk kick ass and take names. “Nobody” debuted atop domestic box office charts, generating $6.7 million from 2,460 venues. It’s a solid but not stellar start as movie theaters in Los Angeles and around the country begin to reopen in earnest.

Directed by Ilya Naishuller, “Nobody” was well received by critics and audiences. At the international box office, the film added another $5 million, boosting its worldwide haul to $11.7 million. With solid word-of-mouth and without notable competition, “Nobody” is primed to stick around on the big screen before Universal puts the film on premium video-on-demand in a matter of weeks. The budget was $16 million, so it shouldn’t be difficult to get out of the red.

Aside from two Warner Bros. titles — “Godzilla vs. Kong” (March 31) and video game adaptation “Mortal Kombat” (April 16) — movie theater marquees will be light on new releases in early spring. That’s because Disney majorly overhauled its film calendar last week, delaying or amending plans for “Black Widow,” Emma Stone’s “Cruella,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” “Pixar’s “Luca” and more. “Black Widow” was pushed from May 7 to July 9, when it will premiere in theaters and on Disney Plus for a premium $30 rental fee. “Cruella” will also play on the big screen and the company’s streaming platform when it arrives on May 28.

Disney has tested several hybrid strategies amid the pandemic, most recently with the animated adventure “Raya and the Last Dragon.” The animated adventure, currently in theaters, slipped to second place on box office charts with $3.5 million in its fourth weekend of release. So far the film, which is also available to Disney Plus subscribers on Premier Access, has made $28 million in U.S. theaters and $82 million globally.

Otherwise, a swath of holdovers rounded out box office charts. “Tom and Jerry” came in third place with $2.5 million from 2,464 locations. After five weeks in theaters, the Warner Bros. live-action-animated hybrid has amassed $37 million.

At No. 4, Lionsgate’s sci-fi fantasy film “Chaos Walking” pulled in $1.18 million for a domestic tally of $11.3 million. Starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, the $100 million-budgeted film will result in a massive write-down for the studio. “The Courier,” a Cold War drama led by Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel Brosnahan, rounded out the top five with $1 million, bringing its overall ticket sales to $3.4 million.

Outside of the U.S., “Godzilla vs. Kong” launched this weekend in China with an impressive $70.34 million over the three-day stretch. Ticket sales for the film, a co-production with Legendary Entertainment, mark the biggest opening weekend for a non-local film in the country.

More to come…


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