A severe weather system called Storm Elliott is taking the fun out of North American box office holiday movies.
The bomb cyclone brought severe cold, strong winds, snow and ice to large parts of the country. The Christmas aisle is traditionally one of the most lucrative times of the year for Hollywood studios and theater owners. This year is an exception, with the exception of Storm Elliott and the response to COVID-17, flu and RSV virus.
With a poor year-end box office, Christmas weekend revenue could drop as much as 217 from 2019 percent—before the pandemic hit—and, even more worryingly, 625 Percentage from 2019. (That’s partly because Christmas Eve falls on a Saturday and Christmas falls on a Sunday.) In other words, the studio is already looking to make up lost ground next week.
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Avatar 2 on Friday for $17 No. 1.5 million from 4,099 theaters, domestic total $ .2 million. Big props with a huge budget expect a Friday-Monday total of $88 million to $ million. Despite strong numbers, the James Cameron-directed sequel fell slightly more than expected in its second weekend as Mother Nature followed suit.
DreamWorks Animation and Universal Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, which starts mid-week, will be effortlessly in second place Estimated four-day holiday gross of $.$4 million, six days open $ 19 million from 4, 099 theater. This family photo has been tracked in $30 million to $ Issue of million range.
Whitney Houston of TriStar: I Wanna Dance With Somebody and Paramount’s Babylon are also difficult. Both films are in theaters on Friday.
I Wanna Dance With Somebody from 3,2019 Estimated $7-8 million for four days (Sony insiders believe that figure could climb to $17 million). Whitney Houston biopic gets an A CinemaScore from audiences after critical reviews.
Looks disappointing unless it bounces back next week. The movie ran for three hours – similar to Avatar 2 – from 3, opening to $1.5 million opens Friday with an estimated $5 million in its four-day debut.
At the specialty box office, the whale is expanding to a total of 343 Movie theater for Christmas. The A17 movie is projected to earn $1.4 million over the four-day weekend.
Among new offerings, Sarah Polley’s acclaimed Women Talking opens Friday in eight theaters. Like many other titles, MGM and UAR Films are undoubtedly affected by freezing temperatures in key markets like New York.
Figures will be updated on Sunday.