November 22, 2020

US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office Report – 11.22.2020


OPENINGS:  With the pandemic raging throughout the country and about 20% fewer theatres open than last week, box office numbers plunged across the board.  There were no truly wide openings, but the Jackie Chan vehicle VANGUARD (Gravitas) opened at 1375 theatres with a low $400K start, a per-theatre weekend average of just $290.

Similarly, THE LAST VERMEER opened at 912 with $225K, a $246 average.

BUDDY GAMES (Paramount) had a brief pre-VOD run at 401 theatres, a $349 average.  The closest thing to a positive story was the limited release of THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS (Purdie) at 58 regional theatres, a $2078 per-theatre average.

HOLDOVERS:  In the current environment, FREAKY (Blumhouse/Universal) was able to keep the #1 box office slot despite a 66% plunge to $1.2M.  LET HIM GO (Focus/Universal) fell 59% to $710K.  COME PLAY (Focus/Universal) dropped 49% to $550K.  None of these currently seem likely to get much past $10M at the US box office, and all were released under Universal’s deal with several major theatre chains, allowing Come Play to already be on VOD, Let Him Go to arrive on Tuesday, and Freaky to no doubt be shortly behind.  Overseas, Freaky has $3.7M, Come Play has $1.2M, and Let Him Go has barely been released internationally.

THE WAR WITH GRANDPA (101), which had been holding up well as the only new family title in the market, took a 44% hit to $733K, and may stretch to $20M in the US, with $8.1M overseas.

HONEST THIEF (Open Road) dropped 42% to $452K, and might reach $15M in the US.  It also has $12.1M overseas.

TENET (Warners), which will stand as the only blockbuster to release only in theatres between March and the end of the year now that Wonder Woman 1984 will drop on HBO Max the same day as its US theatrical release, lost 51% to $360K, less likely to hit $60M in the US, but with $299.2M overseas.

NEXT WEEKEND:  The only wide holiday opening is THE CROODS: A NEW AGE (DreamWorks/Universal), which is also under the Universal deal and is set for a short theatrical run before reaching homes for Christmas.

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."