People are reacting in very calm and proportionate ways to the COVID-19 virus, as I’m sure you’ve been able to tell from the news coverage of panic-buying toilet paper. We all know that Coronavirus doesn’t come with a side-effect of diarrhea, right? Oh well, better safe than sorry, I suppose …
Box Office Mojo believes that fears over the illness may have had a minor impact on the domestic numbers this weekend, but nothing life-changing. Pixar’s Onward had big star power and a solid March opening with no real competition, so of course it took the top spot, but that $40 million opening was a tad below even the more tepid expectations. Audiences seem to love it, at least, and word-of-mouth could be strong assuming people are willing to leave the house over the next couple of weeks.
The Invisible Man slid to number two with $15.1 million but already has $52.6 million in the kitty, plus its total worldwide gross is ever-so-close to $100 million, so expect plenty of Blumhouse/Universal collaborations in the future.
Ben Affleck’s latest comeback vehicle The Way Back is an adult-oriented drama so it was never going to break the bank. Its $8.5 million opening is about what Warner Bros. was expecting, so all is well. Meanwhile, the latest Austen adaptation Emma expanded to another 1,400 theaters and saw its gross jump over 331% to $5 million. There’s always room for a plummy period drama, right?
In limited release news, the Indian drama Baaghi 3 made a solid $475k from 236 theaters, while Kelly Reichardt’s wonderfully titled First Cow did some solid business for A24 thanks to its $96,059 gross from only four theaters. Reichardt is an indie darling whose work doesn’t make a lot of money so we’re rooting for her! British drama Hope Gap, starring Bill Nighy and Annette Bening, made $32,655 from 18 theaters, while the also fabulously titled The Burnt Orange Heresy, starring Mick Jagger, brought in $18,296 from four theaters. Celebrated Brazilian movie Bacurau saw a $15,210 gross from two theaters.
This coming week sees the release of Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot, the award-winning drama Never Rarely Sometimes Always, the previously canceled thriller The Hunt, and the big-screen sequel to everyone’s favorite Australian detective series, Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears.
You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.
What films did you watch this weekend? Let us know in the comments.
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