As Cinemas Close, Comscore Pauses Weekend Box Office Reporting
According to Deadline, the box office reporting agency Comscore won’t be issuing a North American Top 10, Global Chart or commentary on the weekends ahead. As this article explains, if one major studio doesn’t report its box office returns, especially if it has a No. 1 hit, assembling the chart becomes pretty much pointless. Furthermore, no one wants to report plummeting earnings. Because of all this, we won’t be able to cover box office weekend results for a while.
Nevertheless, some cinemas did continue working throughout the last weekend. Deadline reports that, depending on the movie, there were between 80 and 135 theaters that remained open during the March 20 – March 22 weekend. Among them, Drive-Ins cinemas were by far the most profitable. Furthermore, Deadline learned that the top earners of the last weekend were Disney and Pixar’s Onward ($71 000 at 135 locations), Universal and Blumhouse’s The Invisible Man ($64 000 at 111 theaters), Sony’s Bloodshot ($52 000 at 79 theaters) and 20th Century Studios’ Call of the Wild ($46 000 at 86 theaters).
Bad Boys for Life Arrives Online; Picard and Samurai Jack Streaming For Free
Bad Boys for Life will be available for digital streaming by the end of March, says Deadline. This action-comedy starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence is the second sequel in the franchise that began way back in 1995. The decision to release it online isn’t all that surprising. After all, Bad Boys for Life was released in cinemas in mid-January. So far, it grossed over $420 million on a $90 million production budget.
This isn’t the only new streaming content available to viewers. AVClub reports that CBS All Access decided to release all episodes of Star Trek: Picard for free all through April as soon as the season finale airs this week. So far, Star Trek fans have had rather mixed reactions to Picard. But now everyone can watch the show and judge it for themselves.
Finally, GeekTyrant says Adult Swim decided to make its animated cult classic Samurai Jack available to stream for free. Genndy Tartakovsky’s masterpiece is a hyper-stylized epic about an ancient samurai thrown through the time portal into a dystopian world of the far future. There’s no word yet how long will Samurai Jack be available for free, but fans of super cool kung fu animation should definitely check it out.
Walking Dead and Supernatural Postponed due to Pandemic
According to BloodyDisgusting, AMC announced this week it couldn’t finish The Walking Dead season finale in time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the series will end with its fifteenth episode on April 5. The real season finale will hopefully be aired later this year. Even worse, a new Walking Dead spinoff – The Walking Dead: World Beyond – won’t be arriving this April at all, again due to pandemic. Deadline says the show was in post-production when the company had to be closed due to COVID-19 concerns.
Supernatural is facing a similar fate, says BloodyDisgusting. Showrunner Andrew Dabb tweeted that the show’s fifteenth and final season will have to go on a break after its thirteenth episode. While another five episodes have been filmed, visual effects and sound departments had to be closed because of the outbreak. Dabb assured the fans that both The CW and Warner Bros. are fully committed to returning and finishing the series.