The superhero action movie “The New Mutant”, one of the first major productions to debut since the coronavirus closed the cinema in March, raised $ 7 million in its opening weekend in the United States.
Although ticket sales are below expectations, the launch of Disney and 20th Century Studios marks the biggest debut of a new film during the pandemic.
About 60% to 70% of cinemas have reopened in the US and Canada, according to Disney. However, some of the largest cinema markets, with Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, remain closed.
Even before the pandemic broke out, “The New Mutants” faced headwinds. The “X-Men” spin-off, about young mutants discovering their powers, had a particularly arduous journey until it reached the big screen since it was originally scheduled to be released in 2018.
The film went through extensive reshoots and was postponed several times.”The New Mutants” debuted this weekend alongside a series of new releases, including “Bill & Ted: Face the Music”, starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, and “The Personal Story of David Copperfield” with Dev Patel in the main role.”Bill & Ted: Face the Music”, the third film in the science fiction comedy franchise, debuted simultaneously in digital movie rental services. In physical cinema, he raised $ 1.06 million.
While it is unclear how much money “Bill and Ted” earned on video on demand platforms, Orion Films reported that it was number one on iTunes, while the trilogy as a whole ranks second.
Among the titles that had already been released, the action movie “Uncontrollable Fury”, with Russell Crowe, grossed $ 2.6 million during its second weekend, bringing its total box office to $ 8.8 million.