Disney/Pixar’s Onward ruled global weekend box office on an estimated $68m debut as the ongoing spread of coronavirus took its toll amid theatre closures and restrictions across parts of the world.
With China out of the game while most of its 70,000 sites are shut down, significant box office drops in South Korea and Japan among others, and Italian theatres reduced to 30% earning power due to government-imposed restrictions that now include the quarantining of roughly one-quarter of the population, revenues are taking a hit.
At time of writing it remained unclear how much international box office was suffering, however a $28m international debut for a Pixar film in an opening sweep that includes the UK, France, Russia, Germany, Mexico and Brazil tells its own story. Onward did not open this weekend in Italy, Australia, South Korea, Japan and China, as well as Turkey, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Taiwan.
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