Amidst the dwindling number of movie goers theaters are seeing due to the pandemic, people managed to turn out for John Lee Hancock‘s, The Little Things. Although the film didn’t become a blockbuster sell-out since Friday, it had the biggest opening among R-rated movies since the pandemic.
The film played in 2,171 theaters in North America, and grossed approximately $5 million. It may not sound like much, but is, all things considered.
Big screen R-rated movies have been on the decline since last March, but it appears that people love a serial killer thriller with Denzel Washington starring in it.
It is entirely unexpected that The Little Things box office managed to set a record at all. Warner Bros. announced at the close of 2020 that they intended to release their entire 2021 slate day-and-date in theaters and on HBO. Film industry critics forecasted that audiences were more likely to take advantage of streaming services than go to theaters. But, the doomsday predictors stand corrected.
In the new film (written and directed by John Lee Hancock), Denzel Washington portrays an aging sheriff’s deputy working in a small town north of Los Angeles, who goes to the city to collect evidence. While at his former precinct, he’s made aware of a series of murders and believes they’re linked to an unsolved case from years prior. He convinces a rooky, hot shot detective (Rami Malek) to let him accompany him on the investigation. Not long after, the two zero in on a strange appliance repairman named Albert Sparma (Jared Leto), and while they are convinced that he is their guy, the killer remains one step ahead.
The Little Things is now playing in select theaters, and will be available to subscribers on HBO Max until March 1.