CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) — It was another slow weekend at the box office as theaters struggle to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.
About 75% of theaters across the country have reopened, but low attendance is hampering a strong comeback for the industry.
The action-thriller ‘Tenet’ kept the top spot, earning $4.7 million. ‘The New Mutants’ came in at second, followed by ‘Infidel’ and ‘Unhinged.’
Only four movies grossed more than $1 million. ‘The Broken Hearts Gallery’ brought in just $800,000.
Analysts predict it could take time for people to return to theaters — even with strict safety measures in place.
Major theater chains closed for about six months due to stay-at-home orders brought on by the pandemic. Theaters in big cities like Los Angeles and New York remain shuttered.
Film studios are postponing the release of several films due to the slow comeback.
Industry experts say major release are vital in reviving the industry. However, it’s ultimately the public that will influences what and when a film is released.
CinemaSafe recently released a video in an effort to help movie-goers understand some of the changes theaters have made to keep film buffs safe during the pandemic.