Disney Will Temporarily Stop Reporting Global Box Office

Sundays Just Got A Lot Quieter

This should be a no-brainer because, well, if there are no theaters open that means no sales figures, but Disney is the first major studio to suspend reporting of global box office. With no reports, there’s no weekly box office roundup, which makes my Sunday wide open. Yay. Without Disney, that also means nothing from 20th Century Studios and Fox Searchlight.

Again, this was always going to be the case, but Disney acting as a frontrunner on this means the other studios should quickly follow suit. Not only are domestic exhibitors closed, but the global markets, as well. That said, there is some good news and it’s that China may be opening as soon as next weekend. They were at the forefront in tackling the coronavirus outbreak and so are ahead of the recovery effort. To ease the movie market back into gear they’ll start with a handful of popular local titles such as Wolf Warrior 2 and The Wandering Earth, along with American films that did surprisingly well such as A Dog’s Purpose and Green Book.

The last two weekends have been devastating for the Hollywood box office, with numbers reaching two-decade lows. Pixar’s Onward has been #1 for the last two weeks, and that’s despite the film drawing subpar figures for the typically-dominant studio.

Next major film on the horizon? Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5th. It’s possible Disney puts Mulan back on the schedule ahead of it, though. I’ll be personally curious to see if we get any streaming sales figures in the meantime.

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Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.

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