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4th January 2021
With the 2020 box office collapsing in March due to the global pandemic the Chinese market was the first an quickest to recover and it dominated the global scene over the whole year.
The top grossing movie of the year was The Eight Hundred wich was released in August and did big business in China.
Chinese films accounted for 6 of the top 20 movies of the year and 7 of the movie were released in 2019 with a holdover in 2020.
Tenet which was the first big movie released during the pandemic made it into the top 5 movies of the year despite being considered a flop.
Many movies have had there releases moved to 2021 and cinemas did not have the massive tentpole pictures that would have pulled in over a Billion dollars in revenue, in fact its the first time in over a decade there has been no movie taking over $1 Billion.
Here are the top 5 movies by gross across the globe in 2020.
A massive hit in China the action war epic is directed by Hu Guan and took $161 Million on its full opening weekend.
Over its full global release the movie took $441.8 Million making the top grossing global movie of the year.
After a lengthy gap Will Smith and Martin Lawrence re-teamed as the Miami cops and the movie was a global smash.
Released at the start of the year its release just missed the cinemas closures due to COVID-19 and took $418.2 Million.
Sam Mendes released his Oscar nominated was movie in America in late 2019 but got its global release in early 2020 and its the 3rd top movie of 2020 with $375.4 Million.
Directed by 7 of Chinas top directors this anthology movie took $101 Million durings its Chinese opening.
Globally the movie is the 4th highest grossing of the year with $371.1 Million.
In America this movie was moved to an August release with studios hoping that cinemas would have re-opened after 4 months of closures, but the global pandemic had other ideas and although countries has started to re-opened cinemas had limited capacity.
The movie did relatively well in global cinemas but with mixed reviews it was not the film Warner Bros. had hoped, but a top five of the year is not bad with a gross of $362.6.
22nd October 2020
Japan led the way on the global stage this weekend as the animated movie Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train topped the global box office with a record breaking Japanese debut.
China also did well again this weekend as its box office continued to do well in what can be seen as a post COVID-19 re-opening.
Here is the global box office Quickview
Breaking the record for the biggest ever opening for a film in Japan the animated movie took nearly $44 Million on its debut.
A great opening for the Haruo Sotozaki directed movie and a great sign that cinema is open again, in Japan at least.
With Chinese cinema doing well over the last couple of weekends its current number 1 movie falls to number 2 on the global box office with $19.1 Million.
After 3 weeks the movie has now taken $360.2 Million globally.
Getting a release in the US and topping the chart there has given the Liam Neeson movie a massive boost and the film jumps from 18 to number 3 with $4.7 Million globally, up 91% from last weekend.
The film has taken $6.3 Million in total after 2 weeks of release.
The Christopher Nolan movie has had a troubled time at the cinema but despite that its at number 4 this weekend with $4,4 Million.
The film has a global take of $334 Million after 8 weeks of release.
The Tim Hill directed comedy falls to number 5 this week with $2.6 Million over the weekend pushing its total gross to $11.1 Million after 5 weeks of release.
16th October 2020
The two big Chinese hits My People, My Homeland and Legend Of Deification are still the biggest films across the globe this weekend but The Wars With Grandpa and Greenland make good ground as they open in more countries.
Here is the global box office top 15 Quickview.
This weeks global top 5 breakdown 9th - 11th October 2020.
This Chinese smash sequel from directors Hao Ning and Sicheng Chen stays at the top for a second weekend with $41.1 Million, 73% down from last weekend.
This gives the movie a total gross globally of $312.1 Million.
Remaining at number 2 for a second weekend is the animated tale from directors Teng Cheng and Li Wei which takes $11.3 Million, a 93% drop from last weekend.
The movie has now taken $163.2 Million globally, but its only been released in China so far!
Loosing momentum but still at number 3, Christopher Nolans movie takes $9.8 Million over the weekend, a 31% drop, for a total of $323.5 Million.
The Robert De Niro starring movie gets a US release this week and goes back up to number 4 with $9.8 Million, 86% up from last weekend, giving it a total global gross of $5.4 Million.
The latest Gerard Butler movie is getting a direct to VOD release in many parts of the world but where it is out its doing well and goes up to number 5 this weekend with $2.8 Million, up 83%.
The movie has taken $29 Million globally after 10 weeks of release.
8th October 2020
The Chinese box office is far outpacing any other country at the moment and can be seen as a model of how to re-open your box office as two movies gross over $150 Million each.
Sequel movie My People, My Homeland and animated feature Legend Of Deification were so far ahead in the weekend takings not nothing else had a look in and the third place movie, Tenet, took a fraction over the same period.
Here is a quick look breakdown of the weeks top 15.
Here is a breakdown of the top 5 movies globally at the box office 2nd - 4th October 2020.
The follow up to My People, My Country land on the Chinese box office at number 1 and hence lands on the global box office at the top with a weekend gross of $157.5 Million on its debut.
The movie directed by a whole host of directors and if it does as well at the previous movie could take near to $500 Million.
Called Jiang Ziya this animated fantasy tale hit the number 2 spot in China on its release being narrowly beaten by My People, My Country, but still the Teng Cheng and Li Wei directed movie took $151.7 Million to debut second globally.
Falling to number 3 this weekend as the Christopher Nolan movie starts to slow down across the globe, this weekend it took $14.2 Million.
This pushes the movies total gross after 6 weeks to $307.1 Million.
Disneys mutant movie goes back into the top 5 this weekend taking $1.95 Million at number 4.
This pushes the movies total global gross to $42.1 Million after 7 weeks of release.
The Halloween favourite gets a re-release in America, where it debuted at number 2, and makes its global debut at number 5 with $1.95 Million, 27 years after the movie first debuted.