October 11, 2020

US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office Report – 10.11.2020


OPENINGS:  We had a new wide release this weekend, and THE WAR WITH GRANDPA (101) managed a win over the weary Tenet with $3.6M.  That’s certainly not a number that would make anyone feel good in non-pandemic times, and since War With Grandpa had a semblance of a national marketing campaign, it’s not at all clear that even a $20M US total would get the movie anywhere near profit.  Still, it offers some sustenance to the theatre chains that remain open.

YELLOW ROSE (Stage 6/Sony) opened at 900 theatres for a $150K weekend, a bleak $166 per-theatre weekend average that was roughly 10% of the per-theatre average for War Against Grandpa.

HOLDOVERS:  TENET (Warners) declined by 22% to $2.1M in its 6th weekend, and the next question regarding its release will be whether the studio will put the film into digital/VOD distribution a month from now, which would be the traditional end of the theatrical window, despite never having played indoor theatres in NY/LA.  Even if those cities reopen, which is far from certain in the near term, it’s hard to see how Tenet would get much past $60M in the US.  It’s also slowing down overseas, where it has $275M after a $9.8M weekend, with some small and mid-level markets yet to open.

The Halloween season re-release of HOCUS POCUS (Disney) dropped 40% to $1.2M.

THE NEW MUTANTS (20th/TSG/Disney), which has announced a home release in November, lost 34% to $685K in its 7th weekend, and may pass $25M in the US, although not by much.  It also has $21M overseas.

UNHINGED (Solstice) dipped 22% to $660K, and will hope to reach $25M in the US, with $18M overseas.

INFIDEL (Cloudburst) fell 56% to $205K in its 4th weekend and probably won’t see $5M in the US.

POSSESSOR (Neon) dropped 35% to $164K, perhaps on its way to a $1M US total.

NEXT WEEKEND:  HONEST THIEF (Open Road), a Liam Neeson vehicle, will hope to find some cash.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."