While IFC kept the box office afloat for May, no new releases for the next two weeks look to usher in a drought.
Last week I speculated that we’d see some lean weeks before the first new wide release drops in late June. I appear to be correct. This week the box office shrank for the first time since early May. IFC still held on to the top spot, but the fire hose of drive-in friendly films has dried up.
This Week in Box Office History.
Despite some bad omens, there is some good news buried in the numbers. Two films that had tried to make a go of the early pandemic returned to theaters this week. While they didn’t make a big splash, it does show that the improving numbers has distributors looking to jump back in the water.
Top Film One Year Ago: Godzilla – King of the Monsters.
Top Film Ten Years Ago: Shrek Forever After.
Top Film 40 Years Ago: The Gong Show Movie.
Top Three Films.
The Wretched keeps the momentum rolling into June after dominating May. The film put up another 175K in its 5th week at the top spot. Its domestic total sits at 835K, meaning it may well be the first film to break a million dollars during the pandemic.
We Summon the Darkness, a teen horror about a rock concert after-party that goes wrong, returned to theaters and took second place. It made 26k, inching up its grand total up to 60k in two weeks that bookend the lock-down.
Third place saw another returning film, the animated soccer movie Strike. Now, Box Office Mojo has the film at ten weeks in distribution, so it’s most likely that this week was the first time it cleared enough money to warrant the studio releasing figures sine the March premier.
Top Ten Films
- The Wretched (175.6K)
- We Summon the Darkness (26.1K)
- Strike (1.4K)
- The Trip to Greece (.2K)
- How to Build a Girld (.1K)
- True History of the Kelly Gang (.04K)