November 1, 2020

US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office Report – 11.1.2020


OPENINGS:  The only new wide release on Halloween weekend was the low-budget horror movie COME PLAY (Focus/Universal), which was relatively impressive compared to last week’s $1.3M for Empty Man with $3.2M.  It seemed to be helped by pandemic considerations, because while normally a Saturday Halloween would be a down day, this year moviegoing appeared less risky than trick-or-treating or large parties in some eyes, resulting in an 18% Saturday bump.  Come Play also took in $570K overseas in 12 markets.

In the same genre, SPELL (Paramount) had a limited release at 369 theatres and emerged with $210K.  (It’s also available digitally.)

HOLDOVERS:  HONEST THIEF (Open Road) fell 43% to $1.4M, and might reach $15M in the US.  It also has $7.6M overseas.

THE WAR WITH GRANDPA (101) fell 44% to $1.1M, also on track for $15M in the US, with $5.6M overseas to date.

TENET (Warners) lost 32% to $890K, and unless NY/LA cinemas open, $60M in the US may be a stretch.  It’s at $293.3M overseas.

Even with Halloween, THE EMPTY MAN (20th/Disney) fell 57% to $560K, and may not see $5M in the US.  It has $120K overseas.

Theatres continued to be fed with re-releases from Disney:  HOCUS POCUS at $460K, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS at $390K, and MONSTERS, INC. at $230K.

NEXT WEEKEND:  The highest-profile opening we’ve had in several weeks is LET HIM GO (Focus/Universal), which is backed by a relatively large national marketing campaign.

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."