September 27, 2020

US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office Report – 9.27.2020


OPENINGS:  There were no truly wide openings this weekend.  However, a few low-budget films entered mid-level distribution.  The horror movie SHORTCUT (Gravitas) averaged $420 over the weekend at 725 theatres for a $305K total.  The other two arrivals were Sundance acquisitions.  THE LAST SHIFT (Sony) averaged $270 at 871 for a $235K total.  KAJILLIONAIRE (Focus/Universal) averaged $410 at 529 for a $215K total.

HOLDOVERS:  With no big-studio blockbusters scheduled to open until No Time To Die in late November, we’re mostly reduced to watching TENET (Warners) dwindle from week to week.  It dropped 28% to $3.4M this weekend, and is still on track for around $50M in the US, although that number will rise somewhat if NY and LA open their doors while Tenet is still in general release.  As has been the case since the film opened, overseas is much higher, but even there the numbers are going down, with a $15.8M weekend in 56 markets for a $242M total.  Although there are still territories left to open, it’s been released in most of the major areas, and it won’t get close to breaking even.

THE NEW MUTANTS (20th/TSG/Disney) fell 37% in its 5th weekend to $1.1M, and is unlikely to see $25M in the US.  Overseas, it’s at $19.4M after a $1.4M weekend in 41 territories.

UNHINGED (Solstice), which is scheduled to hit homevideo after next weekend, lost 22% to $1M, and might get to $20M in the US before it’s done.  It has $14.6M overseas.

A re-release of 1980’s THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (Lucasfilm/Disney) earned $900K at 2097 theatres, supplying product to starving moviehouses.

INFIDEL (Cloudburst) fell 46% to $745K from last week’s opening, and won’t get much past $5M.

THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY (TriStar/Sony) was down 41% to $470K in its 3rd weekend, and is also on track for around $5M in the US.

NEXT WEEKEND:  Once again, there are no wide releases on the calendar.

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."