Weekend Box Office Numbers At A 22 Year Low

It was going to be interesting to see the theater box office numbers this this weekend. The President declared the COVID-19 situation a national emergency and most states are recommending not getting together in large groups. At first theaters like AMC started limiting audiences but as the weekend progressed states have started shutting down theaters all together. With most people taking precautions and staying home, it’s no surprise that box office numbers would be very low.

According to Comscore via Deadline, box offices brought in $55.3 million. This is a 22 year low that has not been seen in box offices since 1998. This came during the October 30th through November 1st weekend of that year when John Carpenter’s Vampire was the top film that help make up the $55.2 million for that weekend. Just for comparison, even though it’s a totally different crisis, the weekend following the 9/11 terrorist attacks had box office totals of $66.4 million.

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Coming in first over the weekend was Disney’s Onward. This film which is on it’s second weekend brought in $10.5 million. Lionsgate’s I Still Believe came in second with $9.5 million. Sony’s Bloodshot came in third with 9.3 million. Fourth and fifth were Universal/Blumhouse’s Invisible Man and The Hunt with $6 million and $5.3 million.

With theaters closing across the country, we’ll have to wait and see when they decide it is safe to open theaters again. Also when they do open, which films will they open with? Without a doubt these are very strange times we are living in. What is the last film you saw in theaters before this pandemic? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Source: Deadline

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