Weekend Box Office (March 6 - 8, 2020)
THIS WEEKEND With the spread of coronavirus across the U.S. impacting the lives of millions and many trying to avoid crowds, the box office saw sluggish numbers overall with the coming weeks also at risk of a slowdown. Opening at number one was the new Pixar film Onward with an estimated $40M from 4,310 locations for a $9,281 average. Reviews were solid as always for this brand and as an original film, the result came in on the lower end for the animation studio.
Audience feedback has been very good with an A- grade from CinemaScore and with some schools having spring break holidays this month, there is potential to make more cash in the long run, if moviegoing can remain at normal levels. Overall, spending this weekend was lower than normal for early March.
The popular horror film The Invisible Man fell from first to second this weekend but still grossed an impressive $15.2M, according to estimates. The decline of 46% was not bad for a fright flick's sophomore drop. Universal has banked $52.7M in ten days for its low-cost thriller.
Ben Affleck opened his latest film and was met with a moderate result as The Way Back bowed to an estimated $8.5M from 2,718 locations for a mild $3,127 average. Reviews were positive and the B+ grade from CinemaScore was fine too. The R-rated Warner Bros. title skewed to a mature adult audience.
Sonic the Hedgehog followed with an estimated $8M, down 51%, for a new cume of $140.8M for Paramount. Fox's The Call of the Wild fell 48% to an estimated $7M giving the Harrison Ford film $57.5M to date.
The period film Emma expanded nationwide and saw respectable results with an estimated $5M from 1,565 locations for a decent $3,199 average. Total is $6.9M. Sliding only 30% was Sony's Bad Boys For Life with an estimated $3.1M and a big $202M overall.
Birds of Prey ranked next with an estimated $2.2M, down 47%, for a sum of $82.6M for Warner Bros. Prank comedy Impractical Jokers dropped 49% to an estimated $1.8M for a new cume of $9.5M for truTV. 1917 was in the top ten in its 11th weekend of play with an estimated $1.4M, down 49%, for a cume of $158.3M.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $92.1M which was down 54% from last year when Captain Marvel opened at number one with an astounding $153.4M; and down 25% from 2018 when Black Panther remained in the top spot with $40.8M in its fourth weekend.
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|#||Title||Mar 6 - 8||Feb 28 - Mar 1||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||Onward||$ 39,119,861||4,310||1||$ 9,077||$ 39,119,861||Disney|
|2||The Invisible Man||15,132,340||28,205,665||-46.3||3,610||2||4,192||52,675,910||Universal|
|3||The Way Back||8,170,315||2,718||1||3,006||8,170,315||Warner Bros.|
|4||Sonic the Hedgehog||7,704,067||16,261,393||-52.6||3,717||4||2,073||140,522,219||Paramount|
|5||The Call of the Wild||6,762,405||13,362,823||-49.4||3,914||3||1,728||57,246,143||20th Century|
|7||Bad Boys For Life||3,022,087||4,350,134||-30.5||2,159||8||1,400||202,000,190||Sony|
|8||Birds of Prey||2,137,794||4,104,283||-47.9||2,173||5||984||82,538,376||Warner Bros.|
|10||My Hero Academia: HR||1,704,205||5,750,000||-70.4||699||2||2,438||12,890,000||Funimation|
|12||Jumanji: The Next Level||1,323,154||2,181,242||-39.3||1,403||13||943||315,854,748||Sony|
|13||Brahms: The Boy II||1,239,717||2,622,542||-52.7||1,355||3||915||11,771,571||STX|
|16||Portrait of a Lady on Fire||524,107||748,297||-30.0||334||14||1,569||3,346,388||Neon|
|Top 5||$ 76,888,988||$ 67,930,015||13.2|
|Top 20 vs. 2019||97,887,259||205,273,216||-52.3|
Last Updated: March 8, 2020 at 12:10PM ET
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