Ticket sales overall struggled to reach $42 million over the weekend, making it the worst-grossing Super Bowl ever, for Variety. Unfortunately, the Bleecker Street horror film “Out of Darkness” also opened and only grossed $1 million on nearly 900 screens, which didn’t help matters. tried to do its part by re-releasing “Dune,” with the 2021 box office hit grossing another $1.6 million. Disney's re-release of “Turning Red” was DOA, grossing just $535,000. While these efforts are appreciated, they haven't done much to move the needle.

As I've discussed extensively in recent weeks, the box office is in trouble. Overall ticket sales are down at least 10% compared to 2023 so far, and significant help will only arrive in March when blockbusters like “Dune: Part Two” and “Kung Fu Panda 4” arrive. But will any of these big upcoming films do well enough to make up for the terrible first two months of the year? That remains to be seen. Ideally, the studios would have collectively rearranged some things to ensure that January and February were a little more robust. That didn't happen, so here we are.

Now, we're looking forward to Valentine's Day, when “Bob Marley: One Love” and “Madame Web” hit theaters. That should bring the box office back to life, it's just a question of whether or not one (or both) of these films can break through in a truly significant way. Otherwise, the rest of the month will be equally bleak.

“Argylle” and “Lisa Frankenstein” are now in theaters.