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Weekend Box Office Faces 21-Year Low in Sales Due to Coronavirus

The box office is taking a massive hit due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

According to early estimates on Sunday (March 15), all films over the weekend brought in an estimated $54.4 million, according to Deadline.

The number is lower than the September 15-17 weekend in 2000, which brought in $54.52 million, resulting in what looks to be a 21-year low. (The next lowest weekend, according to Box Office Mojo, was in 1999 in the January 15-17 timeframe, bringing in $54 million.)

Over a hundred theaters across the country are said to have closed in order to strengthen self-quarantine efforts and prevent the further spread of coronavirus.

“All estimates are down, as analysts can’t keep track of this depressing wave. Disney’s Onward posted the biggest second weekend drop in Pixar history through no fault of the pic’s own with $10.5M, down 73% for a $60.3M 10-day,” Deadline reports.

“Overall, one studio analyst says in updated weekend estimates that the new movies underperformed as much as 20% to 35% then they were projected to come in with the top films being off north of 25% than they would have under normal circumstances.”

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U.S. Box Office Heading to 22-Year-Low While People Practice Social Distancing Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The weekend box office is on track to drop to its lowest point in 22 years amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Movie theaters around the country have experienced a drop in attendance while movie fans are too scared to go to the theaters. Big chains like AMC and Regal have been supporting “social distancing” practices by restricting attendance to a maximum of 50% capacity in all auditoriums, though it doesn’t seem the theaters are filling up that much.

Deadline reports that this weekend’s films are on track to gross an estimated $58.5 million, which would be the lowest cumulative gross since the weekend of September 11-13, 1998. The movies that weekend grossed $56.8 million.

Certain counties in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have actually shut down all movie theaters this weekend because of the virus.

The new movies in theaters this weekend are I Still Believe, The Hunt, and Bloodshot. Holdovers include Onward, The Invisible Man, and The Way Back.

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'Onward' Has One of Pixar's Lowest Opening Weekends at the Box Office, Possibly Due to Coronavirus Fears

Onward is on top at the box office – but the number isn’t very impressive for a Pixar movie.

The film brought in $40 million across 4,310 theaters in North America in its opening weekend, according to THR on Sunday (March 8).

The opening marks one of the lowest openings for Pixar – and it may be due to coronavirus.

“It’s unclear how much of an impact worries over the coronavirus had on moviegoing in the U.S. this weekend, or whether Onward faced its own challenges. Comparisons to last year — when Captain Marvel opened to $153 million — were always going to be brutal. Overall, revenue for the weekend was down more than 50 percent from the same frame in 2019,” THR reported.

The movie has an 86% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- CinemaScore.

Onward was also banned in some countries because of a scene – find out why.

'The Invisible Man' Dominates at the Box Office - See the Opening Weekend Numbers!

The Invisible Man is winning at the box office.

The film brought in $29 million during its North American box office debut weekend, and $20.2 million overseas, according to THR on Sunday (March 1).

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The horror movie also notched the best domestic opening for a horror film since It: Chapter Two in September of 2019.

The film cost $7 million to produce before marketing, and currently commands a 92% rating at RottenTomatoes. It is described as a “modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal’s classic monster character.”

Should you stick around after the credits for another scene in The Invisible Man? Find out!

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'Sonic the Hedgehog' Remains No. 1 at the Box Office for a Second Week!

Sonic the Hedgehog is continuing to speed ahead.

The film once again dominated at the box office, pulling in $26.3 million in its second week, according to Variety on Sunday (February 23).

The movie narrowly beat out Harrison Ford‘s Call of the Wild, which debuted at $25 million.

The movie debuted at $70 million in its first week, and has now crossed the $100 million mark in North America. It’s also made nearly $100 million internationally, pushing it past the $200 million mark overall.

Other movie tallies for the week included Brahms: The Boy II, which opened at $6 million, and Birds of Prey at $7 million, earning $72 million domestically and $173.7 million globally overall.

Sonic has also set a video game movie record. Find out which one!

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Harrison Ford's 'Call of the Wild' Might Beat 'Sonic' at the Box Office This Weekend!

The new movie The Call of the Wild is surprising box office analysts as it possibly will gross more than all the other movies this weekend!

Harrison Ford stars in the animal/wilderness film, which was originally a 20th Century Fox film and is now being released by Disney. The movie earned $8 million on Friday to win the day and now it’s on track to earn around $26 million for the weekend, according to Deadline.

Sonic the Hedgehog was expected to win the weekend box office for the second week in a row, but it is currently estimated to earn $25.4 million. It’s still a tight race and things can change as we get closer to Monday.

The weekend’s other new release, Brahms: The Boy II, is going to earn about $6 million for the opening weekend.

'Parasite' Has a Record Box Office Boost After Oscars 2020 Win!

Parasite is having a phenomenal run at the box office!

The Bong Joon-ho-directed film, which picked up the Best Picture award at the 2020 Oscars, got a record boost at the box office following the win, Variety reported on Sunday (February 16).

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The film brought in $5.5 million over the weekend – a 234% increase in ticket sales, marking the biggest post-Oscars boost in the past decade. The movie has brought in $8.8 million since the ceremony. To date, Parasite has made $44 million in the United States, resulting in a global earning of $175 million.

It is the first non-English film in history to win the Best Picture award. Here’s why Bong Joon-ho only gets to keep three out of four Oscars for Parasite