The major US theater chains, the largest market for the film industry, have simultaneously announced that they crooms across the country will miss after the White House has recommended avoiding meetings of more than 10 people.
The decision made by projection giants such as AMC or Regal and continued by other companies -Alamo, Cinemark, Cineplex, Landmark- has been made after applying measures, such as the separation between seats and capacity reductions, which proved ineffective once the US government expanded the indications for social isolation to avoid COVID-19 infections.
On AMC’s Twitter, a message specifies that the closure will be at least between 6 and 12 weeks
AMC, the largest owner of cinemas in the US, has indicated that it closed “all its establishments in accordance with local, state and federal regulations”, while it has not set a reopening date, as it will “when those standards allow it. ” On AMC’s Twitter, a message specifies that the closure will be at least 6 to 12 weeks. The same statements have been made by the other companies, which dwill refund the amounts of tickets already purchased and maintain point programs for regular customers.
‘Onward’, the most affected
The tape most affected by the coronavirus is, at the moment, “Onward”, new from Pixar. This new adventure, from the animation factory responsible for ‘Toy Story “‘ and ‘Cars’, premiered internationally last week, just days before COVID-19 multiplied its presence in Europe and the US. collection of the film has fallen 73% in its second week in theaters, with 10.5 million dollars (9.6 million euros) in the USA. and another 6.8 (6.2 million euros) in the rest of the world, the second largest drop in Pixar’s history.
This past weekend the entertainment industry recorded a 60% drop in its box office receipts, the largest since records are available
Under the alarm of the coronavirus and with movie theaters closed in many of the key countries for the international market, this past weekend the entertainment industry recorded a 60% drop in its box office collection, the largest since records are kept. With this collapse, of 60.2% compared to the previous week, theaters in the US raised 50 million dollars (46 million euros), the lowest sum since 1994, swithout counting inflation and without knowing exactly the data of the rest of the international market, since more than 50 countries had already restricted attendance to projections.
Although The US has not imposed a quarantine In the style of countries like France, Spain and Italy, several of its most inhabited cities have taken more advanced precautions.
The city of San Francisco and a large part of its metropolitan area have already begun the confinement of their citizensyou and the closing of non-essential businesses; New York studies the same protocol and in Los Angeles, only establishments such as supermarkets and pharmacies are allowed to open.
This current coronavirus epidemic already leaves more than 8000 dead and some 200,000 infected worldwide, according to figures released today by the World Health Organization (WHO).