The Box Office Numbers Aren't Pretty

On a terrible weekend, 'Onward' stays at the top
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 15, 2020 12:46 PM CDT
The Box Office Numbers Aren't Pretty
People enter an AMC theater Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Ticket sales plunged to their lowest levels in at least 20 years at North American movie theaters, as the coronavirus pandemic led to one of Hollywood's worst weekend's ever at the box office, the AP reports. Studio estimates Sunday show receipts totaled about $56 million in US and Canada theaters. According to data firm Comscore, box office revenues haven't been that low since September 2000. At that time, $54.5 million in tickets were sold on a quiet weekend. More people went to the movies the weekend after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, in 2001.

Disney's latest release from Pixar, Onward, remained the top film at the box office, with $10.5 million in its second weekend. The Christian romance I Still Believe, from Lionsgate, brought in $9.5 million. Sony's comic-book adaptation Bloodshot, with Vin Diesel, grossed an estimated $9.3 million. All of those totals were notably below expectations.

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