This Week At The Box Office: Debuts falter as Coronavirus creeps

Plenty of new releases this week – but with audiences curtailed by COVID-19, the numbers aren't good.

Well, fears of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) seem to have started seeping into the box office already last weekend: despite a raft of new releases this week, the overall weekend taking was $7,928,178. That’s over a million less than last week’s takings of $9,127,938, despite last week’s lack of significant box office debuts. Not even a new superhero film could draw in the crowds: Bloodshot debuted in the top spot, but brought in a screen average of just $4,081 across 346 screens. Not bad numbers – but you’d expect better from a comicbook adaptation starring Vin Diesel. It was closely followed by The Invisible Man, which is down 49 screens, and earned 51% less than last week. The sci-fi thriller still brought in an average of $3,958 across its remaining 273 screens, however, for a total taking of $1,080,497.

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Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob