2020 At The Boxoffice

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I know it's in its third week but Tenet only tripled the gross of an independent religious movie that had little advertising? So much for Warners' fantasy that Tenet would play for a long time. By the time it opens in New York and L.A., it'll be a memory in the minds of the general public so those places aren't gonna save it either.
 

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1 (1) Tenet Warner Bros. $4,700,000 -30% 2,930 +20 $1,604 $36,100,000 3
2 (2) The New Mutants 20th Cent… $1,600,000 -23% 2,518 -186 $635 $17,709,589 4
3 N Infidel Cloudburs… $1,500,000 1,724 $870 $1,500,000 1
4 (3) Unhinged Solstice … $1,300,000 -14% 2,324 -41 $559 $15,713,913 6
5 (4) The Broken Hearts Gal… Sony Pict… $800,000 -29% 2,221 +12 $360 $2,406,894 2
6 (-) After We Collided $304,986 302 $1,010 $1,199,425 2
7 (6) The SpongeBob Movie: … Paramount… $210,000 -7% 261 -6 $805 $4,200,000 6
8 N Alone Magnolia … $190,000 173 $1,098 $190,000 1
9 (5) Bill & Ted Face the M… United Ar… $187,761 -36% 607 -200 $309 $3,116,210 4
10 (7) The Personal History … Searchlig… $150,000 -23% 1,007 -196 $149 $1,656,176 4
- N The Secrets We Keep Bleecker … $89,955 471 $191 $114,722 1
- N No Escape Vertical … $88,000 45 $1,956 $88,000 1
- N The Nest IFC Films $62,000 301 $206 $62,000 1
- (-) Train to Busan Presen… Well Go USA $58,746 +13% 99 +14 $593 $1,033,955 7
- (-) Cut Throat City Well Go USA $29,564 -28% 82 -24 $361 $745,949 8
- N The Way I See it Focus Fea… $25,000 124 $202 $25,000 1
- N Foster Boy Gravitas … $6,100 1 $6,100 $6,100 1
- (-) I Propose We Never Se… Mongrel M… $1,471 +26% 9 +3 $163 $17,717 27
- (-) The Burnt Orange Heresy Sony Pict… $511 -37% 7 n/c $73 $143,764 29
- N Last Call Mutiny Pi… $478 3 $159 $478 1
 

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By the time it opens in New York and L.A., it'll be a memory in the minds of the general public so those places aren't gonna save it either.
I think their intention is to restart the ad campaign as if it is a new release whenever those markets are allowed to open. I'm not sure that will actually work. But I think they want to do that. Obviously, they moved Wonder Woman 1984 out of October for partially that reason, but the problem is they still don't know when those places will be open.

I'd just put it on Blu-ray in December if I were them, hoping for holiday sales, and cut their losses.
 
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Many of the theaters that are "open" are only open limited hours, too, further depressing the box office. The theater I usually attend used to be open all day, with 4-5 shows per film each day. Now they're only open for two shows in the evenings. I probably would have seen a movie yesterday afternoon if they were running matinees, but wasn't going to wait around town a couple more hours until the first evening show after 6pm. So they lost my business.
 

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I think the issue is that even if they got your business from running a matinee, not enough people are coming in order to make that viable. Dan mentioned in the video that @Wayne_j posted that a lot of the theaters are running on very thin margins right now. The other benefit of only running night shows is that everyone who does come has to pay full price without discounts.

The earliest starting time apart my theater today is 6:05pm for The New Mutants.

Tenet is on five screens with starting times ranging from 6:10 to 8:00. New Mutants has three screenings, and everything else has one.
 
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With all the recent date changes are there any reason why theaters should be opened?
No, they shouldn't, and should not have been. Because there's a pandemic. If not for the ridiculous hubris of Christopher Nolan, they wouldn't have been opened right now domestically in the first place.
 
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At this point, they may want to release No Time To Die in November because if they delay it until spring or whenever, I wonder if some of the theater chains might have failed by then and there will be even less screens to put movies in comparison to the current limit on seating capacity.
 

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I agree but it might be even worse financially, if they wait until the spring or summer IF theater chains have started to close up.
That's why we need a lifeline for the chains. But I don't think releasing big movies right now is going to do it because the content is irrelevant to people's desire to stay safe.
 

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The thing is, the rest of the world is in better shape that the U.S., and a Bond movie is going to make 75% of its money internationally, so... if it’s a choice between waiting a year for just the U.S., or opening everywhere else to healthy grosses and anemic ones here (or PVOD here), I think that is something they will likely have to consider.
 
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The thing is, the rest of the world is in better shape that the U.S., and a Bond movie is going to make 75% of its money internationally, so... if it’s a choice between waiting a year for just the U.S., or opening everywhere else to healthy grosses and anemic ones here (or PVOD here), I think that is something they will likely have to consider.
I'm not positive about the specifics in other countries (tough enough to keep up with this country :) ) but I think the English government and most European countries are telling their people to get ready for an impending second wave so things may be shut down again in Europe by November. If that's the case then I can't imagine how badly the U.S. is going to get hit again since we're still drowning in the first wave.
 

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I would agree that that would change anything. I think studios will continue to hold to dates for films that will be bigger overseas until they have reason to move them there.
 

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Here's the list of studio releases from mid-March to the end of December.

08/28- The New Mutants (Fox)
09/03- Tenet (Warner)
11/20- No Time To Die (Sony)
11/20- Soul (Disney)
11/25- The Croods 2 (Universal)
12/11- Free Guy (Fox)
12/18- Coming 2 America (Paramount)
12/18- Death On The Nile (Fox)
12/18- Dune (Warner)
12/25- News Of The World (Universal)
12/25- Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)

No doubt that list will get smaller as more movies get bumped or go streaming.
 
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Yeah, I expect many theaters to be bankrupt and closed permanently in the next few months unless there are changes in Washington that will change the thinking on aid/stimulus.

My theater announced today that they're going to be closed Mon/Tues starting next week, and will only show evening shows Wed-Fri, and all day shows on Sat/Sun. This is a theater that used to be open all day, every day. So not only is capacity limited, but now there are very few showtimes to choose from. So even if you want to see a movie, it's hard to fit into your schedule unless you're free during very specific times.
 
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Here's the list of studio releases from mid-March to the end of December.

08/28- The New Mutants (Fox)
09/03- Tenet (Warner)
11/20- No Time To Die (Sony)
11/20- Soul (Disney)
11/25- The Croods 2 (Universal)
12/11- Free Guy (Fox)
12/18- Coming 2 America (Paramount)
12/18- Death On The Nile (Fox)
12/18- Dune (Warner)
12/25- News Of The World (Universal)
12/25- Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)

No doubt that list will get smaller as more movies get bumped or go streaming.
There are rumours that Coming 2 America will be going to Netflix.
 

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