Universal, Focus Features Dominate Another Pandemic Weekend Box Office

Universal Pictures and subsidiary Focus Features again led a slow pandemic-addled domestic weekend box office (Dec. 11-13) devoid of new releases and safety-conscious moviegoers. The top 10 releases generated $5.63 million in ticket sales, which was 24% from $7.4 million in revenue during the previous-week period, according to industry data.

Universal’s DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age continued to lead ticket sales with $3 million in revenue across more than 2,000 screens; $24.1 million since its debut three weeks ago. The sequel to the 2013’s The Croods generated $8.4 million overseas to bring its global haul to above $76 million.

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Focus Features’ Half Brothers sold $490,000 in tickets across 1,386 screens. The movie had made $1.3 million in two weeks. Vince Vaughn horror flick Freaky sold $315,000 in tickets, topping $8.2 million domestically ($13 million worldwide) since its debut.

Other box office tallies: 2003 re-release of Elf, starring Will Ferrell, sold $400,000 in tickets to finish third on the weekend. Finally, Robert De Niro’s pandemic mainstay, The War With Grandpa, sold another $260,000 in tickets to near $18 million ($27 million worldwide) since its bow Aug. 28.

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