Positive Audience Reviews and Decent CinemaScore Can’t Save Bloodshot

It’s always entertaining to speculate “What If” situations. In this case I pose the question regarding Sony’s Bloodshot, which is based of the classic Valiant Entertainment character. What if it would have opened on February 21st as it was originally intended to? The reason this is such an important question today is because of the current pandemic the world finds itself today.


The government first began to recommend social distancing to slow down the spread of the virus. AMC then took the initiative to limit their theater capacity to 50 percent. Then by the end of the weekend many states had moved to close US theaters all together. This lead to a 22 year low $55 million weekend box office haul.

Although critics were not kind to Bloodshot which stars Vin Diesel, audiences seemed to really enjoy the film. Cinemascore also released their grade for the film which was a “B”. Even with audiences enjoying the film, it still could not be saved by the pandemic that has put a pause on our day to day lives. In it’s opening weekend, Bloodshot only made $9.3 million. This was good for third at the box office behind Disney’s Onward and Lionsgate I Still Believe. This number does not reflect the $1.2 million that it made on Thursday night screenings.

Sony’s Bloodshot is directed by Dave Wilson, based on a script by Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer. Starring on the film with Diesel is Sam Heughan, Guy Pearce, Eiza Gonzalez, Toby Kebbell, Talulah Riley, Alex Hernandez, Lamorne Morris and Johannes Haukur Johannesson.

I had the opportunity to see the film on Thursday and I was surprised that there were about 20-25 people in the room. Bloodshot is one of my favorite characters in the Valiant Universe. I thought it was a very enjoyable and entertaining classic action film. The pacing was great and by the end of the film I was excited to see what else they can put together for another Valiant character.


Unfortunately the future for a connected Valiant Universe looks bleak as Sony sold the rights to Harbinger to Paramount. Not to mention the fact that this film ran right into this pandemic that has shut everything down. Even with positive audience reviews, with theaters shut down there is no way for people to go out and see the film.

This all of course brings me back to our original question. What would the numbers be for this film if it was released during it’s original release date?

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Source: Deadline, Variety

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