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'Eternals' Opens With $71M But Audience Response Is Mixed

This image released by Marvel Studios shows Kumail Nanjiani in a scene from "Eternals." (Marvel Studios via AP)
This image released by Marvel Studios shows Kumail Nanjiani in a scene from "Eternals." (Marvel Studios via AP)

New York (AP) -- “Eternals,” one of Marvel's most ambitious efforts to expand its superhero universe, arrived in theaters with about $71 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates.

By most studios' box-office standards, the opening was enviable. Only three other films have debuted better during the pandemic: “Black Widow” ($80.3 million), “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” ($75.3 million) and “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” ($90 million). But for Marvel's well-oiled blockbuster machine, the “Eternals” launch in some ways constituted a bump in the road in an unparalleled 26-film streak.