We can now see why upcoming major film releases were quick to postpone their premiere dates. The March 14-15 weekend box office report revealed a record low turnout for North American theatres in the last two decades.
With $10.5 million, Pixar's Onward took the top spot for the second straight week.
The coronavirus leads to box office decline
This poor box office showing was an expected development. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, social distancing has been encouraged. Some theatres have limited the number of tickets for sale per screening to address the problem. Other people, meanwhile, are simply avoiding public spaces such as movie theatres.
All of these factors combined to deliver the lowest box office numbers for a week in the 21st century. It was a 40% drop-off from the number that attended screenings the week before.
Coronavirus box office: I Still Believe and Bloodshot debut behind Onward
Pixar's Onward topped the box office in its second week in theatres. Other new movies, including I Still Believe, Vin Diesel's Bloodshot, and The Hunt opened to numbers below Onward. Onward's $10.5 million was nearly a 70% decrease from the film's opening weekend.
The top 5:
Onward - $10.5 million
I Still Believe - $9.5 million
Bloodshot - $9.3 million
The Invisible Man - $6 million
The Hunt - $5.3 million