IFC stands atop the box office again with another limited release horror film, The Rental.
With only a handful of movies dripping out of the faucet each week, it’s been easy to spot the trends during the summer of Covid-19. The latest top earner is yet again another indie horror film from IFC Films. With one of the biggest opening takes of the pandemic summer, The Rental stands tall alongside the other half dozen horror films to take the number one spot in the topsy-turvy summer of 2020.
This Week in Box Office History.
Thanks to a big opening from IFC, the box office is up a whopping 154% from last weekend. While we haven’t hit the million dollar weekend yet, the total take of 651 thousand dollars is the biggest haul so far since theaters started closing (excluding the couple of weeks where re-releases of Star Wars and Jurassic Park goosed the numbers!)
Top Film One Year Ago: The Lion King.
Top Film Ten Years Ago: Inception.
Top Film 40 Years Ago: The Empire Strikes Back.
Top Three Films.
The Rental checked in to first place with 400 thousand dollars in sales, playing at 250 theaters. That is the high-water mark for a new film since the pandemic began, in both categories. The film scored a solid 72% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and with a dearth of competition, it should be on its way to at least a million dollars domestically over its run.
Another new film, The Big Ugly, slipped into second place. It’s take of 152 thousand dollars (in just 62 theaters) would have made it first place material any other week over the last two months.
IFC rounded out the top three with another horror film, Relic, which added 63 thousand to its domestic take of just under one million dollars.
Top Ten Films.
- The Rental (403.8K)
- The Big Ugly (152.5K)
- Relic (63.7K)
- The Wretched (20.4K)
- Followed (5.2K)
- Becky (4.2K)
- Guest Artist (.5K)
- The Painted Bird (.5K)