It’s an interesting time for those of us that love to go to the movies, thanks to the fear of the coronavirus. The James Bond film No Time To Die has been pushed back from its April release to November because of the potential impact the virus will have on keeping audiences out of theatres. So what about this weekend, as fears continue to escalate. Will it keep audiences from seeing either Onward or The Way Back, the two new films that arrive?
Families may be hesitant about heading out to see Onward, the new Pixar film. But let’s be real – this is Disney/Pixar we’re talking about. If they animate it, they will come. There’s definitely going to be a contingency of people who will avoid mass gatherings, but for audiences outside of the areas that are currently affected and are willing to venture outdoors, this is going to be the movie to see. Reviews have been excellent so far, so look for Onward to have a solid debut if a little less than spectacular because of circumstances with $45 million.
Also new this weekend is The Way Back with Ben Affleck. The actor has been way out in front of the film about an alcoholic basketball coach. The movie and Affleck’s performance have garnered strong notices, but I don’t see this one being escapist fare at a time when it’s really needed. Look for a fifth place debut for The Way Back with $7 million.
As for the rest of the top five, The Invisible Man will drop to second place with $13 million. Sonic The Hedgehog will be in third place with $10 million, with The Call of the Wild right behind it in fourth place with $9 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Onward – $45 million
2) The Invisible Man – $13 million
3) Sonic The Hedgehog – $10 million
4) The Call of the Wild – $9 million
5) The Way Back – $7 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!