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Highest chart position: 1
Weeks on box office: 4
31st March 2020
With the first quarter of the year over and most of the cinemas closed across the US it a good time to pause for a moment and take a look at the top film during the first 3 months of 2020.
Twenty five years after the first teaming of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence first hit cinemas the third film in the buddy cop movie beats all expectations.
The movie was a mega smash at US box office with a total gross of $204 Million, and it was still at cinemas before the close down.
The movie was the hot tip to sweep the Oscars this year before everyone decided Parasite was the better film, but it didn't hurt Sam Mandes War Drama at the box office.
The movie was still a hit and pulled in a very good $158 Million at the US box office.
Despite getting a very mixed reaction from the Star Wars hard core, the much hailed end of the saga movie still pulled in the audiences with over $500 Million in the US box office in total.
In 2020 the movie took and impressive $153 Million.
Despite the early signs suggest this would be a flop the redesign of the main character Sonic pushed it to a $145 Million US gross.
Dwayne Johnsons sequel to the smash hit Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle didn't quite hit the same note but it was still a smash hit taking $141 Million in 2020, it has taken $316 Million in total.
Warner Bros. were maybe expecting a bit more from the Harley Quinn movie but it still managed a quite respectable $84 Million, no flop but no smash hit.
Greta Gerwig's adaptation of the classic novel was praised by critics and audiences alike and took $78 Million in the first quarter of 2020 in the US, it has taken $108 Million in total.
This Robert Downey Jr. vehicle was never going to reach the heights of anything with Iron Man in but the film still did better than expected considering the bad reviews, it took $77 Million.
Just creeping in before the American coronavirus shutdown the Universal monster movie took a very respectable $64 Million, its box office run was cut short and the movie is now available on streaming services.
Harrison Ford went back to nature for this down to earth movie which held its own at the box office with a $62 Million total gross, again the movie was still doing well when cinemas closed their doors.
With the stay at home order issued by the UK government, and the closing of non essential businesses, cinemas are still closed and the public are not leaving home, hence there are no new releases at the box office this weekend.
This is going to continue for the coming weeks and it could be late April, early May before things resume to normal.
Its been an interesting week with more films being delayed, most notably Wonder Woman 1984 which was due for release next month has now been moved to August 14th.
Although there was no official box office chart this weekend, the first time since the regular box office was reported, with cinemas not closing down until the middle of the week some figures were reported and The Invisible Man would have been the top film in the UK.
Also across the globe there was some countries reporting box office figures, and Trolls World Tour would have been the top movie of the week.
Many studios released their most recent blockbuster movies on streaming this past week with the likes of The Invisible Man, Bloodshot and the last reported number one box office film Onward all doing well on the streaming services.
**UPDATE** It is being reported that cinemas in China are in fact closing down again as a precaution, and to help the global fight against the coronavirus.**UPDATE** In China where the coronavirus has subsided enough for cinemas to reopen, a number of older blockbusters have been re-released in a hope to get people back in the habit of going out to their multiplexes, these include Avatar, some Harry Potter films and a number of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films as well as The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy.
19th March 2020
Cinemas and hence box office takings have been hit hard with the coronavirus outbreak and with many people choosing not to leave their homes Onward remained at the top although with a big drop from the previous weekend, The Hunt defied expectations and was the top new film at number 3.
Pixars latest movie remained at the top of the UK box office over the weekend altohugh the gross for the movie was 62% down from the previous weekend as the film took £1.2 Million.
This brings the films total UK gross to £5.2 Million after 2 weeks of release.
Onward is the only film on the UK box office this weekend which has taken over a Million pound.
Remaining at number 2 this week is the Universal monster movie which takes £827,746.
This pushes the movies total gross to £6.5 Million after 3 weeks of release.
The movie is being released on home streaming platforms next week for $19.99 and a similar situation can be expected in the UK in the coming weeks.
Highest new film of the week is the latest film from director Craig Zobel which makes its debut at number 3 with £542,475.
After bad reviews from critics and audiences alike the new superhero movie starring Vin Diesel can only manage a number 4 debut with £444,917.
This can be seen as the first movie to suffer from the coronavirus pandemic as despite this the movie would have scored a much higher debut, many film set for release in the coming weeks have been delayed including Diesel's own Fast and Furious 9.
In a surprising, but expected move the studio has announced the movie will be released on streaming services in the US from next Tuesday, March 24th which may well kill the film box office run.
Interestingly over the Monday - Sunday week the film would not have hit the top 5 making its debut at number 8!
The film about a women singing group comprising wives of men in active service drops to number 5 this weekend with £407,409 giving the film a £2.3 Million total after 2 weeks.
Over the Monday - Sunday week the film would have been number 3 with a weekend gross of £1.4 Million.
The much praised and awarded war movie is the highest total grossing move this week with £43.7 Million and the movie with the longest chart run with 10 weeks.
Following a trend set by Universal with The Invisible Man and Warner Bros. with Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn), Bloodshot starring Vin Diesel will get a release on digital March 24th, next Tuesday!
Coupled with bad reviews and not so good word of mouth the movie which was released at the box office last Friday (March 13th) the film will have one of the shortest windows of a major blockbuster.
The self isolation and lockdowns of the world during this unprecedented time of the coronavirus pandemic is setting new standards of box office to home entertainment window.
For big blockbusters the window has always been 3 - 6 months, unlike the 80's and 90's when the window from box office to VHS could be a year or more.
We live in a time now when people have much better home entertainment systems, as opposed to a 14 inch low quality TV with a mono speaker attached and the best way to see a film was at the cinema.
It will be interesting to see if this 'experiment' sets a standard or its just a temporary measure while the world deals with the viral outbreak.
18th March 2020
As cinemas close and people decide to remain indoors due to the global coronavirus pandemic Pixar's Onward remains at the top while the Vin Diesel starring Bloodshot is the top new entry at number 2.
Pixars latest film is definitely feeling the effects of deserted cinemas as it takes only $10.6 Million on its second weekend of release.
This is down nearly 75% from last weeks total and puts the movies total at $60.3 Million.
One small glimer of hope is that Pixar films do tend to have longevity and providing the cinema closures in many US states is lifted in April and the schools might still be closed this movie could make money late in its run.
Many new films have had their release dates moved due to the viral outbreak but this movie still got a release, and maybe coupled with bad reviews and word of mouth the movie enters at number 2 but to only $9.1 Million.
The road ahead does not look good for the movie and the studio may just cut its losses in the coming weeks and put the film on streaming way before expected.
The faith based movie has a good opening weekend and makes its debut at number 3 with $9.1 Million.
Falling to number 4 is the Universal monster movie which takes $5.8 Million over the weekend.
This puts the movies total gross at $64.3 Million after 3 weeks of release and you cant help thinking the movie would be over the $100 million mark in a normal market.
Universal have announced that the movie will be released on streaming for $19.99 this coming Friday so it will be interesting to see what effect this has on the film box office performance, even with all the cinema closures.
Making its debut at number 5 is this Craig Zobel directed movie which takes $5.3 Million over the weekend.
14 weeks on the the Jake Kasdan directed movie is the longest running film on the box office and with $316.7 Million it is also the highest total grossing film this week.