Box office takings plummet as the industry prepares for cinema closures

Box office takings for the weekend leading up to Monday’s closure of cinemas were significantly down on the previous week, likely due to the push for Australians to self isolate and social distance amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Bloodshot, which took $1.4m across 346 screens for its first week of release, managed just $475,906 for week two across 341 screens – a decline of 66%.

Bloodshot managed the top spot but still fell significantly from the previous week

The Invisible Man took $429,514 for week four of its release – a 60% drop from the previous week, while Sonic The Hedgehog netted just $161,360 for its sixth week, a 76% drop. The film took $668,376 last week and has a running total of $12.08m.

The Current War, a historical drama about the 19th-Century competition between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse over which electrical power delivery system would be used in the US took $146,525 for its first week of release across 209 screens.

The film was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Edison, Michael Shannon as Westinghouse, Nicholas Hoult as Nikola Tesla, and Tom Holland as Samuel Insull.

I Still Believe took fifth place with $114,324 across 137 screens for its second week, followed by Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears with $50,673 for its fourth week.

Chal Mera Putt 2 held seventh with $47,912, followed by Bad Boys For Life with $40,306 and My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising in ninth with $39,273.

Birds of Prey rounded out the top 10 list, adding $38,782 to its running total which currently sits at $10.92m in the Australian box office.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Bloodshot (Sony) $475,906 341 $2,163,107
The Invisible Man (Universal) $429,514 258 $7,902,841
Sonic The Hedgehog (Paramount) $161,360 292 $12,088,578
The Current War (Roadshow) $146,525 209 $194,303
I Still Believe (Studiocanal) $114,324 137 $388,186
Miss Fisher And The Crypt Of Tears (Roadshow) $50,673 295 $3,000,101
Chal Mera Putt 2 (Mindblowing Films) $47,912 54 $585,985
Bad Boys For Life (Sony) $40,306 69 $19,275,022
My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Madman) $39,273 93 $472,236
Birds Of Prey (and The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) (Wb) $38,782 121 $10,918,132
The Gentlemen (Roadshow) $37,516 65 $15,156,965
The Call Of The Wild (Disney) $36,345 220 $2,536,978
1917 (Universal) $35,856 82 $23,108,760
The Way Back (Wb) $35,220 114 $612,311
Parasite (Madman) $32,150 58 $5,996,636
Dark Waters (Universal) $27,140 49 $499,152
Emma (Universal) $22,112 118 $3,930,902
Jojo Rabbit (Disney) $11,393 88 $9,359,919
Queen & Slim (Universal) $9,801 33 $72,112
The Big Trip (Roadshow) $8,922 73 $270,910

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