Ticket sales dive at box office; lowest turnout in 20 years
Posted Mar 15, 2020 05:13:04 PM.
NEW YORK — Ticket sales plunged to their lowest levels in at least 20 years at North American movie
Disney’s latest release from Pixar, “Onward,” remained the top film, earning $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.
Most of Europe’s cinemas have shuttered in recent days, along with closures in China, India, Lebanon and Kuwait. Those closures have already slashed international grosses.
But the wide majority of North American
“With the worldwide coronavirus epidemic causing many domestic
Health officials urged people to stay home and minimize social interaction, especially in states that have instituted bans on larger gatherings. California put a limit on gatherings of 250 people; New York set its ban at 500 people; Ohio banned gatherings of 100 people or more.
Most of the entertainment world has shut down. Broadway
Hollywood also has postponed most of its upcoming releases. Next week’s most anticipated movie, “A Quiet Place Part 2,” has been removed from the schedule. Other major releases, including Disney’s “Mulan” and the James Bond film “Die Another Day” have been put off.
That means that even if movie
Jake Coyle, The Associated Press