By default, IFC’s The Rental was once again the top movie at the domestic box office, as Dave Franco’s “vacation of peril” thriller earned another $318,000 from 242 locations to bring its domestic total to $916,000 after ten days. It is likely to join The Wretched ($1.7 million), Relic ($993,077) and Becky ($937,802) as this summer’s only over/under $1 million-plus grossers at least until theaters actually open (we hope) on August 21. We’ll see if Unhinged, the Inception rerelease and Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula can give us the first official $1 million-plus opening weekend since mid-March, with (theoretically) The New Mutants launching on August 28 and Tenet opening domestically on September 3.
As noted elsewhere, Interstellar reopened in China on Sunday and earned $2.84 million, the biggest single-day gross for any movie playing anywhere in the world since theaters began reopening. The Chris Nolan flick is one of a handful of high-profile reissues (Titanic, Inception, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Avatar) opening in China over the next month, alongside newbies Ford v Ferrari, 1917 and Bad Boys for Life. Dolittle has earned $11.98 million after ten days in China, which is not exactly a win (the Robert Downey Jr. talking animal fantasy has earned $235 million on a $175 million budget), but at least folks showed up.
Ditto Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot which had $29 million on a $42 million budget. Yes, it opened before everything closed, but it wasn’t exactly crushing it before the lockdown began. The Valiant adaptation has earned $5.58 million in ten days in China, boosting its global cume to around $37 million. Diesel is absolutely a movie star when he’s playing Dominic Toretto, less so when playing Riddick or Xander Cage and essentially (commercially) irrelevant when playing someone new. That’s stardom in 2020 for you.
Sonic the Hedgehog was a surprise flop in China, earning just $1.18 million over the weekend. Granted, the $82 million Paramount
In VOD and related news, Roadside Attraction’s PVOD release The Secret: Dare to Dream was the top title on FandangoNow and made a showing in the various other top-ten lists at Amazon
It’s even directed by Andy Tennant; whose Sweet Home Alabama and Hitch were the kind of star+concept monster hits that today would struggle to justify a theatrical release. Since the film is the only one currently charging $20-a-pop at the moment, I will wager that The Secret: Dare to Dream likely made more raw revenue than any other VOD movie title this weekend. HBO Max has nothing listed as “trending,” but I hope it’s the first two seasons of DC Universe’s dynamite Harley Quinn cartoon. If you haven’t seen the ultraviolent and profane sitcom yet, it’s one of the best things on TV.
Shudder has nothing listed as “top movie” or anything, but I’m guessing the buzzy (and quite enjoyable) Host was their most-watched feature this weekend. The horror streaming site, which unapologetically places Chopping Mall right next to The Wailing, released a “shot during quarantine” horror movie that applies the Unfriended/Searching formula to a Zoom meeting. The 56-minute feature concerns a séance that goes badly and, considering how it was constructed, is damn impressive. If writer/director Rob Savage wanted this to be his viral calling card, mission: accomplished.
There’s nothing weird over at Netflix