The August 28-30 weekend saw the Greatest box office results of Any weekend because the COVID-19 pandemic closed cinemas back in March, together with The New Mutants resulting in a weekend that, while extremely quiet by pre-COVID standards, was big for 2020.
Variety is reporting the New Mutants Earned about $7 million to the weekend, after a $750,000 accept from Thursday previews. This is well above the 4 million Unhinged earned the previous weekend.
This is a humorous ending to The New Mutants’ long, strange street to a cinema release–the Movie wrapped in 2017, and was originally planned to get a 2018 release. It finally settled into an April 2020 launch date after several delays–but then needed to be pushed back.
The variety includes a quote from Cathleen Taffthe president of global distribution at Disney, about the film’s opening weekend. “We are encouraged by the results,” she says, noting that there’s”obviously an appetite” for visiting the cinema. “We must stay fluid and work with the framework of this new reality,” she notes.
Here’s the full top 5 for the weekend.
- The New Mutants: $7 million
- Unhinged: $2.6 million
- The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run: $604k
- The History of David Copperfield $520k
- Words on Bathroom Walls: $453k
The New Mutants received a 6/10 in GameSpot’s inspection, and basically concludes The long-running X-Men film franchise following Disney’s purchase of Fox–the X-Men will likely be folded in the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward.
Next weekend will see the limited release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which has already earned $53 million in global markets. This makes it the ninth highest-grossing movie of 2020 before its US launch; it will be intriguing to see how much it goes.
In much of the planet, of course, it’s still extremely risky to Traveling to a theatre –if you’re planning a trip, be cautious, and avoid cinemas Entirely if there’s a possibility of disease via transmission.