The box office continues to yo-yo as a new wide release bolsters ticket sales.
Diane Lane and Kevin Costner might not be the stars you’d pick to top the box office in November, but a lack of wide releases brightened the glow of these aging stars. While horror movies have been the only sure-fired formula to take first place in the Covid-19 era, we may be seeing a new trend. Let Him Go is the second Western to make it to first place, after the early success of True History of the Kelly Gang.
This Week in Box Office History.
The box office continued it’s gentle bob on the waves of lessened wide releases. At a total of 11 million dollars in the US, it grew 14% from last weekend. I’d expect that we’ll see the wave recede next weekend as no new wide releases are on the horizon, though we have had some evidence lately of second weekends showing continued growth before coming back to the 8 million dollar baseline that’s characterized the new normal.
Top Film One Year Ago: Midway.
Top Film Ten Years Ago: Megamind.
Top Film 41 Years Ago: Fiddler on the Roof.
Top Three Films.
Let Him Go took in 4 million dollars in its first weekend. Though no budget information is currently available, the film did score well with audiences and critics on aggregators like Rotten Tomatoes.
Last week’s winner, Come Play, fell back to second place this week. It added 1.7 million dollars to a cumulative domestic total of 5.7 million dollars.
The War with Grandpa retained third place, actually bettering its sales despite starting to draw down in theater count. It pulled in 1.5 million dollars against a total of 13 million dollars in the US.
In ninth place, The Informer was the only other new film to hang on to the top ten. Showing in just shy of 300 screens, it pulled down just 133 thousand dollars for a fairly lackluster 471 dollars per screen average.
Top Ten Films
- Let Him Go (4.0)
- Come Play (1.7)
- The War with Grandpa (1.5)
- Honest Thief (1.1)
- Tenet (.90)
- Toy Story [re-release] (.50)
- The Empty Man (.29)
- Spell (.13)
- The Informer (.13)
- The New Mutants (.12)