Box office near the 20-year low as viewers stay at home due to the corona virus
The North American box office, in the shadow of the coronavirus outbreak, had the lowest weekend ticket sales in two decades.
Spectators stayed at home and some theaters limited their capacity to ensure that visitors could sit near empty seats, industry observers said.
Pixar / Disney’s animated film “Onward” maintained second place in the second week, but saw a drop in estimated ticket sales for the Friday to Sunday period from $ 39 million last week to just $ 10.5 million last week, reported Exhibitor Relations on Sunday.
Overall, the box office seemed to be at a 20-year low of around $ 55 million, a figure that, according to the Hollywood Reporter website, was even below the first two weekends after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
One manager estimated that 100 of the 5,000 theaters in North America were completely closed, with others likely to follow.
Second in the weekend was the new Lionsgate film “I Still Believe” with $ 9.5 million. Country singer Shania Twain casts the romantic Christian drama.
Third place went to another new release, Sony’s “Bloodshot”, a superhero film with Vin Diesel. An estimated $ 9.3 million was needed.
The universal thriller “The Invisible Man” took fourth place with $ 6 million. It plays Elisabeth Moss as the former girlfriend of a man who returns to persecute her after allegedly committing suicide.
And in fifth place was another new film, Universal’s thriller “The Hunt”, with $ 5.3 million. Hilary Swank and Betty Gilpin are among the stars in a story of a dozen strangers pursued as a sport by a group of wealthy hunters.
The top 10 were rounded off by:
“Sonic the Hedgehog” ($ 2.6 million)
“The Way Back” ($ 2.4 million)
“The Call of the Wild” ($ 2.2 million)
“Emma” ($ 1.4 million)
Bad Boys for Life ($ 1.1 million)