December 20, 2020
Sony Pictures’ Monster Hunter knocked off Universal Pictures’ The Croods: A New Age to lead another pandemic-sidelined weekend box office (Dec. 18-20). Hunter, starring Milla Jovovich, topped $2.2 million in estimated ticket sales across 2,300 screens, according to industry reports.
Previous topper The Croods: A New Age had an estimated $2 million in ticket sales across more than 1,900 screens nationwide. The animated sequel from DreamWorks Animation has tallied $27 million in domestic revenue after four weeks release; $79.4 million worldwide.
Box office revenue among the movies totaled around $5.5 million as moviegoers continue to stay away from theaters in major markets due to ongoing spikes in coronavirus infections. To put some perspective on the revenue freefall, with one week to go in the fourth quarter, projected domestic box office revenue ($110 million) is just 46% greater than what Netflix generated ($59 million) renting DVDs in Q3. And legacy by-mail disc rentals are no longer a line item on Netflix’s financials.
Theatrical results could improve significantly over the coming Christmas weekend box office with the launch of DC superheroine Wonder Woman 1984 — the first major studio release since The Croods: A New Age. But with HBO Max streaming the movie concurrently all bets are off.