October 25, 2020

US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office Report – 10.25.2020


OPENINGS:  The only wide launch this week (2027 theatres) was the horror movie THE EMPTY MAN (20th/Disney), which despite its big-studio credentials had a nearly invisible level of marketing behind it, and started with a $1.3M weekend that was low even by pandemic standards.

AFTER WE COLLIDED (Open Road) had a limited arrival at 460 theatres (it’s also available digitally), for a $420K weekend.  It’s been a mild theatrical success internationally with $45.6M to date.

HOLDOVERS:  HONEST THIEF (Open Road) led the box office for a 2nd weekend, for whatever that was worth, down 43% to $2.4M, and on its way to perhaps $15M in the US.  It also has $3.3M overseas.

THE WAR WITH GRANDPA (101) declined 25% to $1.9M in its 3rd weekend, also headed for $15M or so in the US, and with $4.1M overseas.

TENET (Warners) dipped 19% to $1.3M in its 8th weekend, still on track for $55-60M in the US.  It has $289M overseas, although it’s slowing there as well with a $3.2M weekend.

There was a heavy drop after that to 2 HEARTS (Freestyle), down 39% to $320K, and unlikely to get much higher than $2M in the US.

The pandemic veterans THE NEW MUTANTS (20th/TSG/Disney) and UNHINGED (Solstice) are fading toward digital release (Unhinged is already available for at-home viewing), with Mutants down 39% to $290K, and Unhinged down 35% to $270K, both of them hoping to reach $25M in the US.  In addition, Mutants has $21M overseas, and Unhinged has $20.7M.

Disney is continuing to provide re-release product to theatres, with weekends for THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS at $580K, HOCUS POCUS at $530K, and MONSTERS, INC at $490K.

NEXT WEEKEND:  There are no wide openings currently scheduled for Halloween week.


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."