The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run Has Best Opening Since COVID-19 Cinema Shutdown


It’s been a wierd yr for the US field workplace, with Bad Boys For Life remaining the highest-grossing movie within the nation ($204.four million) for 2020. No movie has opened to over $1 million in cinemas for the reason that March 13-15 weekend, when the COVID-19 pandemic noticed cinemas shut across the country–but the brand new SpongeBob film simply got here shut.

Box Office Mojo is reporting the weekend numbers for August 14-16, and SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run has opened stronger than another film since March. The movie earned roughly $900,000 over the weekend from 300 screens–extremely low by the requirements of most years, however very excessive for 2020.

The movie will obtain a launch on CBS All Access in 2021, and the preliminary plans for a cinema launch were cancelled. However, plainly in some unspecified time in the future, a choice was made to do a restricted launch.

It was in any other case a particularly quiet weekend, as Box Office Mojo shouldn’t be reporting any revenue from re-releases. The second highest gross went to David Ayer’s The Tax Collector, which introduced in $203,722. Films which have topped the field workplace in earlier weeks in 2020 embrace Jurassic Park and Star Wars: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

Of course, you continue to should not go to the cinema in case you’re in an space with a average charge of group transmission. What this implies for different releases deliberate in 2020, together with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, stays to be seen. Other big films nonetheless scheduled for 2020 cinema releases embrace the James Bond film No Time To Die, Wonder Woman 1984, and Black Widow.

Cinemas have been reopening in different components of the world, though movies are, usually talking, not making a lot money–Sonic the Hedgehog just lately opened in China to a really low opening weekend.