Weekend Box Office Top Ten - 9.7.20

September 08, 2020

Weekend Box Office Top Ten - 9.7.20

4-Day Weekend Box Office:

After delays and amid much speculation, TENET opened in the United States at #1 bringing in a debut of only $20.2M (Million) -- counting Thursday-Monday grosses, and 13 days of playing in Canada. The film earned a "B" CinemaScore from audiences who did attend screenings in available United States theaters. 

WB has issued a statement that "any comparisons to the pre-COVID world would be inequitable and baseless," but for a film which needs to earn $450-500M global to not lose money, the outlook even under a best-case scenario is grim.

Worldwide, TENET now stands at a two-week total of $146M through Monday's estimates. The top market is China at a disappointing $30M opening, coming in second place in the territory. Other markets include the U.K. at $13.1M, France at $10.7M, Germany at $8.7M, and Korea at $8.2M. 

THE NEW MUTANTS is #2 with $2.9M and a total of just $11.6M domestic, after falling an estimated -59% from its debut. Worldwide the film's total stands at just under $20M, meaning that even though it was a title inherited by Disney, it is unlikely to earn back even the studio's marketing expenses. 

UNHINGED is #3 with $1.6M, a domestic total of only $11.3M, and $23.6M worldwide. The domestic hope had been to leg out close to $30M, but it is unlikely that the film will even reach a $20M total in the United States. 

BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC is #4 with $765K (Thousand) and a total of $2.26M theatrically. As a simultaneous Premium Video On Demand (PVOD) release, it has remained at the top of the charts for two weeks straight, though Orion has yet to release the financial figures. 

THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD is #5 with $361K, a domestic total of $1.024M, and $11.068M global.

THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN is #6 with $345K playing exclusively in Canada, as the film is headed to CBS All Access in the United States. Total is $3.4M.

WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS is #7 with $282K and a total of $1.5M.

MY BROTHERS' CROSSING opened at #8 with $17K playing in 73 theaters. 

Overseas, MULAN brought in $6M from the handful of territories where it made a debut, ahead of a bigger play next weekend including China. In the United States, the film became available on Friday across Disney Plus as their first Premier Access Title at a $30 purchase price, but Disney has yet to release any figures. 

In comparison to last year's pre-Covid box office, the Friday-Sunday grosses of 2019's Labor Day Weekend brought in a total of $91M. This year, with TENET included, that total will be somewhere between $19-22M, representing a problem both for theaters which have opted to re-open and studios considering whether to release upcoming titles, including WONDER WOMAN 1984, which is currently set for an October 2nd debut.



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