'Space Jam: A New Legacy' Scores No. 1 Spot at Box Office with $31M Opening, LeBron James Reacts

In its second weekend, Marvel's Black Widow movie dropped to second place with $26.3 million

LeBron James is making sure his "haters" take note of his box office success.

In its opening weekend, Space Jam: A New Legacy earned an estimated $31.7 million, according to the Associated Press and Variety, taking the No. 1 spot and surpassing industry expectations at the domestic box office following its July 16 premiere.

The film — a sequel to the 1996 Michael Jordan original — also debuted at no additional cost for HBO Max subscribers to stream at home, like Godzilla vs. Kong back in March, which opened to $32 million in its opening weekend.

On Twitter Saturday, James, 36, shared a news report about the box office return, writing, "Hi Haters!" with a smiling emoji. Director Malcolm D. Lee added in a tweet, "Many thanks to the fans!!! We made this for you and reward us with your presence. Thanks for coming back to the movies!"

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Black Widow, the Scarlett Johansson–led Marvel film, dropped to second place in its second weekend in theaters, making $26.3 million. The superhero action movie is also currently available to stream at home on Disney+ at a $29.95 premium price point.

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Black Widow raked in $80 million in its opening weekend in North America last week. With an additional $78 million in international box office sales and more than $60 million in Disney+ Premier Access rentals, the movie's opening grossed over $215 million, according to CNBC. The film also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour and Rachel Weisz.

James previously spoke to Entertainment Weekly about being approached to do a Space Jam movie 15 years ago, and why it finally felt like the right time to take it on.

"I didn't think I was ready to do anything of that magnitude. I wanted to continue to focus on my game and give it as much as I could," said the NBA star, adding, "In my younger days, part of my thinking was 'Space Jam was so good, how can I top this?' There's always going to be conversations about LeBron trying to do everything Michael [did]. But I've gotten older, and you know who you are. You know what you stand for."

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