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Onward Tops But Box Office Is Hit by Coronavirus Pandemic


Disney and Pixar’s Onward remained in first place for a second-straight week, but the box office was hampered by the Coronavirus pandemic. Box office revenue for all the movies was the lowest it has been in about 20 years. People just didn’t go to movie theaters, and we applaud that decision at this moment. Social distancing is the best way to fight the Coronavirus pandemic right now.

Some people did show up, however, and allowed Onward to bring in $10.5 million – a plunge of 73% in ticket sales from last weekend. The film’s domestic total is now $60.3 million. Onward also brought in $6.8 million from 47 international markets and has grossed $41.4 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $101.7 million.

Directed by Dan Scanlon (Monsters University), the film features the voices of Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer.

Opening in second place was Lionsgate and Kingdom Story’s I Still Believe with $9.5 million from 3,250 theaters, an average of $2,923 per location. The film received an A CinemaScore from audiences.

Directed by The Erwin Brothers, the faith-based film stars KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Shania Twain, and Gary Sinise. It is based on the based on the book by GRAMMY-nominated singer and songwriter Jeremy Camp.

Coming in at No. 3 was comic book adaptation Bloodshot (Sony Pictures), which earned $9.3 million from 2,861 theaters, an average of $3,251 per site. The film, which received a B CinemaScore, also earned $13 million from 50 international markets and is now at $15.1 million overseas.

Dave S. F. Wilson directed Bloodshot, which is based on the Valiant Comics title and stars Vin Diesel, Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan, Lamorne Morris, Toby Kebbell, Talulah Riley, and Guy Pearce.

Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man (Universal Pictures, Blumhouse) dropped two spots to fourth with $6 million and has grossed $64.4 million domestically after three weeks. The thriller has also earned $58.3 million overseas and has a global total of $122.7 million.

Made for just $7 million, The Invisible Man stars Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.

Also from Universal and Blumhouse, The Hunt rounded out the top five with $5.3 million from 3,028 theaters, an average of $1,757 per theater. Receiving a C+ CinemaScore, the thriller debuted with $0.7 million overseas.

Directed by Craig Zobel, The Hunt stars Ike Barinholtz, Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts and Hilary Swank.

Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog added $2.6 million in sixth place and has earned $145.8 million in five weeks. The video game adaptation also brought in $2.9 million from 58 international markets and has grossed $160.7 million overseas. The worldwide total is now $306.5 million.

Directed by Jeff Fowler, Sonic the Hedgehog stars Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, James Marsden, Natasha Rothwell, Tika Sumpter, Neal McDonough, and Adam Pally. Ben Schwartz provided the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog.

Dropping four spots to seventh place, Warner Bros.’ The Way Back earned $2.4 million its second weekend and has earned $13.4 million domestically.

The Gavin O’Connor-directed film stars Ben Affleck, Al Madrigal (Night School), Michaela Watkins (TV’s Casual), Janina Gavankar (TV’s True Blood), and Glynn Turman (Bumblebee).

In eighth place, 20th Century Studios’ The Call of the Wild brought in $2.2 million its fourth weekend and has reached $62.1 million in North America. With an international total of $45.2 million, the film’s global sum is $107.3 million.

Based on Jack London’s legendary adventure, the Chris Sanders-directed movie stars Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford, Cara Gee, Michael Horse, Jean Louisa Kelly, Colin Woodell, Adam Fergus, and Abraham Benrubi.

Focus Features’ Emma. landed in ninth place with $1.4 million and has earned $10 million after four weeks in theaters. The movie has also earned $15.1 million overseas, for a global total of $25.1 million.

The adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved comedy was directed by Autumn de Wilde and stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson, Tanya Reynolds, and Connor Swindells.

Tenth place belonged to Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures), which added $1.1 million and is up to $204.3 million in North America after nine weeks. The movie has grossed $213.6 million internationally and the worldwide total is $417.9 million.

Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Bad Boys for Life stars Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Joe Pantoliano, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Jacob Scipio, Paola Nuñez, Kate Del Castillo, and Nicky Jam.

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Mirko Parlevliet
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded to cover movie, TV, video game, music, and theme park news.


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