This will come as no surprise to anyone, but the cinemas, which were largely closed in 2020, have been bad for the box office. Go figure, right? Well, now that 2020 is on the books, it’s just hammering the box office home for last year this final weekend. Yes, some theaters are open, but with theaters still closed in New York City, as well as Los Angeles, movies simply have no chance of making big profits this way. Wonder Woman 1984 is currently trying the hybrid approach, but most of all it aims to boost the HBO Max numbers. What about the box office? Read on but get ready … it’s no good.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 2020 box office is officially the worst in Hollywood history. At year-end, we pioneered the second weekend for Wonder Woman 1984 at $ 5.5 million, which is roughly $ 28.5 million domestically so far. Internationally, it’s around $ 90 million, a far cry from the original pre-COVID tie. Of course, the pandemic changed the game, so it was academic that the box office was going to be the worst ever. Will 2021 be better? Well it would be hard to get worse, for sure …
Here are some of their box office stories for this weekend:
Wonder Woman 1984 grossed $ 5.5 million on New Years weekend as the official Christmas season ended and Hollywood bid farewell to its worst year yet due to the novel coronavirus pandemic at the box office.
The superhero sequel has now earned an estimated $ 28.5 million domestically and $ 90 million overseas for a hushed global sum of $ 118.5 million. In a controversial move, Warners made the tent mast available on HBO Max and in cinemas on Christmas Day due to the COVID-19 crisis and the continued closure of theaters in many major markets on the same day. Exhibitors were sympathetic to the increasing number of cases and the re-activation of cinemas in much of the world.
WW84 fell 67 percent on its second domestic game weekend, a sharp drop for the holiday weekend, even with the pandemic. The Croods: The New Age, for example, rose 25 percent to $ 2.2 million on the sixth weekend.
The Croods 2 also plays at home, having made it available on premium VOD three weeks after its box office debut.
Overseas, Australia is a bright spot for World War 84, where the second frame grossed a superb $ 4.3 million for a total of $ 11.5 million. The sequel has not done as well in some Asian markets including China. This looks promising in Latin America, although some key market shares are increasing.
Elsewhere at the box office, Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods 2 took second place domestically as they passed the $ 100 million mark globally, ending Sunday with $ 115 million in global sales. The animated family film has held up remarkably well.
The global balance sheet for Croods 2 includes overseas sales of $ 80.44, led by China ($ 52.5 million).
It’s not the only animated family title that thrives in the Middle Kingdom.
Disney and Pixar’s Soul, which made their exclusive US Disney debut on December 25th on Dsney +, are building momentum in China, where they earned $ 13.7 million in the second weekend, well ahead of the first weekend (5.5 Million US dollars) of 25.7 million US dollars. In total, Soul has grossed US $ 32.5 million internationally from the eleven markets in which it plays on the big screen.
Back at the US box office, Universal’s News of the World took third place on New Year’s weekend with $ 1.7 million on the second weekend (down 22 percent), for a domestic balance of $ 5.4 million. Netflix is selling Tom Hanks’ drama overseas.
Monster Hunter ranked fourth with $ 1.2 million for domestic sales of $ 6.3 million. Sony takes care of the film domestically.
Lionsgate’s thriller Fatale rounded off the top 5 with $ 720,000 (minus 6 percent) for a total of $ 3.1 million.
And it’s official: North American box office revenues fell 80 percent in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and unprecedented theater closings, while global revenues fell more than 70 percent.
The New Year’s weekend with holiday titles at the end of the year is considered the closing of the previous year in terms of the box office.
As predicted, domestic movie tickets sold between January 1 and December 31 generated an estimated $ 2.3 billion (or $ 2.68 billion), up from $ 11.4 billion in 2019 according to Comscore estimates. That is the lowest value in at least 40 years. The dramatic decline was expected as many US cinemas have been closed for more than nine months
Stay tuned to see how 2021 goes at the box office …