Numlock News: November 23, 2020 • Felonies, …

By Walt Hickey Welcome back! Freaky The bottom would appear to be falling out in the U.S. box office, with the number one movie at the cinemas — Freaky, a Vince Vaughn body swap campy horror flick — making $1.2 million, down 66 percent from its opening last weekend and one of the lowest top-grossing films in history. Contributing to this decline is not only the lack of big studio draws to the cinema (remember when the new Bond movie was going to come out next weekend?) but increasing cinema closures amid a surge in the pandemic. Last week, 646 movie theaters in the United States and 60 in Canada shut down, or roughly 11 percent of the total theaters in North America. That brings the total number of open movie theaters in North America to 2,154 out of the 5,449 locations, down from 2,800 locations a week ago.

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