5 of the ten top-grossing theaters nationwide are alongside the Wasatch Entrance.
The superhero film “Surprise Girl 1984” took in $16.7 million on the North American field workplace over Christmas weekend, essentially the most for any film for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic started — and Utah theaters led the best way.
The Wasatch Entrance ranked solely behind the Dallas space because the metropolitan space with the most important audiences for the film, The Hollywood Reporter stated. In the meantime, theaters in lots of main cities — together with New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Philadelphia — stay darkish, due to strict closure guidelines.
One other think about diminished box-office grosses: Warner Bros. debuted “Surprise Girl 1984” on HBO Max on Christmas Day, the identical day it opened in 2,150 theaters nationwide.
Megaplex additionally reported that its Jordan Commons location ranked first within the nation in box-office for an additional Christmas Day opening, the Western drama “Information of the World,” starring Tom Hanks. The Megaplex at Legacy Crossing in Centerville got here in tenth with that title.
Megaplex auditoriums are at lower than 50% capability, with three-seat buffers between household teams and each different row blocked off. Cinemark theaters have the identical buffers between teams, and in some theaters block off alternate rows; in theaters geared up with luxurious seats, the rows are already greater than six toes aside.
Each chains require visitors to put on masks once they’re not consuming popcorn and different concessions, and encourage social distancing within the foyer areas. And each chains, like most theater corporations, are providing personal watch events, the place household teams can lease out a whole theater. Warner Bros. stated theaters nationwide booked some 10,000 personal screenings for “Surprise Girl 1984,” The Hollywood Reporter stated.
Blake Andersen, president of Megaplex Theaters, stated in a press release that “we’re particularly grateful to our extraordinary group who labored tirelessly to scrub and sanitize each auditorium between every screening to make sure a wholesome and protected atmosphere for all of our visitors.”