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An Unknown Box Office Leads to On Demand Boom

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It’s unknown when and if weekend box office results will be released. Major chains like AMC and Regal have shut down due to coronavirus leaving thousands of screens dark.

That has lead movie studios to shift their strategies either forgoing theatrical releases or crunching the time frame when movies are released for On Demand consumption early. It’s a massive shift in the industry and unknown if it’ll continue once the crisis has abated.

We’ll have an update when/if the weekend box office numbers are released but below is when you can watch some recent releases from the safety and comfort of your own home.

Emma
Original Release Date: Feb. 21
On Demand Plans: Universal has made the Jane Austen adaptation available as a 48-hour rental for $19.99 through numerous providers.

The Hunt
Original Release Date: March 13
OnDemand Plans: Universal has made the Betty Gilpin thriller available as a 48-hour rental for $19.99 through numerous providers.

The Invisible Man
Original Release Date: Feb. 28
On Demand Plans: Universal has made the Elisabeth Moss thriller available as a 48-hour rental for $19.99 through numerous providers.

Onward
Original Release Date: March 6
On Demand Plans: Disney has released Onward for digital download beginning this past Friday (March 20) via numerous providers; the Pixar film will begin streaming on Disney+ starting April 3.

The Gentlemen
Original Release Date: Jan. 24
On Demand Plans: Guy Ritchie’s return to the crime thriller will arrive via digital download on Tuesday, March 24.

Birds of Prey
Original Release Date: Feb. 7
On Demand Plans: Warner Bros. will make Margot Robbie’s R-rated superhero movie available for digital purchase beginning Tuesday, March 24; the film is expected to release for rental in early April. It’s unknown when it’ll arrive on the DCUniverse digital platform.

The Way Back
Original Release Date: March 6
On Demand Plans: The Ben Affleck film is set to arrive via digital purchase download beginning Tuesday, March 24 courtesy of Warner Bros.

Sonic the Hedgehog
Original Release Date: Feb. 14
On Demand Plans: Paramount announced on March 20 that the hit video game adaptation would arrive to digital platforms for purchase beginning March 31.

Bloodshot
Original Release Date: March 13
On Demand Plans: Sony will release the Vin Diesel superhero movie onto digital platforms beginning Tuesday, March 24.

I Still Believe
Original Release Date: March 13
On Demand Plans: The Christian rock biopic starring Riverdale’s KJ Apa is set to become available via digital download on Friday, March 27.

Trolls World Tour
Original Release Date: April 10
On Demand Plans: The film will release on the same date but will do so digitally instead of in theaters.

The Lovebirds
Original Release Date: April 3
On Demand Plans: The movie was pulled from theaters and has found a home at Netflix. A release date hasn’t been announced.

Onward Scores a Weekend Box Office Win

Onward

Onward took first place at the box office in its debut weekend. The film earned an estimated $40 million. That’s on the lower end of expectations for the Pixar and Disney film which was expected to open with closer to $50 million.

The film earned an “A-” CinemaScore from opening day crowds and a 96% audience score on RottenTomatoes. The audience was 52% female with kids and parents making up 58% of the opening weekend crowd.

Internationally, the film earned an estimated $28 million from 47 territories. It will open mid-April for Korea, Italy, and Japan while releases in Australia, Turkey, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Taiwan remain and a date yet to be set for China.

The Invisible Man dipped from last weekend’s first place coming in second with an estimated $15.2 million. The movie has earned $52.7 million after ten days and a budget of just $7 million. Internationally, the film added $17.3 million for an overseas total of $45.6 million.

The Way Back debuted in third place with an estimated $8.5 million. It too was on the lower end of expectations for the opening. The film received a “B+” CinemaScore with a crowd that was 53% female and 87% of the audience was aged 25 or older. The movie debuted in 14 overseas markets with an estimated $640,000 from 448 screens. The next key markets open in April.

Sonic the Hedgehog ran into fourth place with an estimated $8 million. Internationally, the film added $12 million. The film has earned $295.6 million worldwide after four weeks.

Rounding out the top five was The Call of the Wild which earned an estimated $7 million to bring its domestic total to $57.4 million. Internationally, the film added $4.8 million to bring that total to $42.1 million.

When it comes to comic films…

Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn came in at #8 with an estimated $2.2 million to bring its domestic total to $82.6 million.

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising was #10 after last week’s debut at #4. The film added $1.5 million to its domestic total to bring that to $12.7 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into 2019 and 2020’s comic films!