As coronavirus empties theaters around the US, the box office tumbles.
As we’ve seen in other countries effected by the Covid-19, the movie industry is one of the many social activities to take an early wallop. This weekend, we saw the first clear indication of it at the domestic box office.
The three new wide releases landed in the top five. Unfortunately, they ended up taking medals in a race without many spectators.
This Week in Box Office History.
The box office dropped 46% compared to last week and 61% compared to last year. The overall take of 53 million dollars was the lowest take for the week since 1993. No returning film in the top ten managed a loss better than 61% versus last weekend.
Top Film One Year Ago: Captain Marvel.
Top Film Ten Years Ago: Alice in Wonderland.
Top Film 40 Years Ago: Kramer Vs. Kramer.
Top Three Films.
Onward retained the top spot, at the cost of a 73% drop to earnings. Arriving just before the storm, it managed to squirrel away another 10 million dollars in first place, bringing its domestic total to 60 million and its global total to 100 million.
Bloodshot won the race among the new arrivals, taking 9 million dollars and second place. It’s fate was a touch better abroad, where it has put away 14 million dollars so far. For a comics-based movie with a big star in the lead, it had a modest budget of 45 million dollars, making its fate less precarious.
I Still Believe tried to pray away the coronavirus, landing in third with just 75K separating it from Bloodshot.
For all of its controversy courting, The Hunt finished up in fifth place. It took in just 5 million dollars against a 15 million dollar budget. Makes you wonder if all that postponing was worth the results.
Top Ten Films.
- Onward (10.6)
- Bloodshot (9.1)
- I Still Believe (9.1)
- The Invisible Man (5.8)
- The Hunt (5.3)
- Sonic the Hedgehog (2.5)
- The Way Back (2.3)
- The Call of the Wild (2.2)
- Emma (1.2)
- Bad Boys for Life (1.1)