The stats say it all: 1/3 of the way through 2020, 4 of the top 10 movies of the year are from… 2019.
Like so many other industries, Hollywood has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic as (almost) all movie theaters in the country — and across the world — have been closed for weeks. In fact, studios are currently experiencing their worst year since 1998. Big-budget, once-sure-to-be blockbusters like Mulan, Black Widow, Ghostbusters: Afterlife and more have been delayed until the fall or postponed with no new release dates. And production has obviously been halted on countless films.
Like remember when Tom Hanks scared the bejeezus out of all of us when he became one of the first celebrities to share that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, tested positive for the coronavirus? He had actually been in Australia working on Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic at the time, which has of course now shut down production until who knows when. (Hanks was to play Elvis’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker.)
On that note, even if Hollywood technically could resume filming again, it doesn’t seem like anyone’s chomping at the bit to get back to business. For example, the state of Georgia — long a home to several TV series and movie sets — is set to start opening up now, but studio heads seem to have no intention of returning.
And we have yet to see if people will want to go back to movie theaters once they have the chance. During the weekend of April 17th, there was just one theater still showing first-run movies: the Ocala Drive-In in Florida. Its ~$5,000 worth of ticket sales represented the entire US box office for the week. Gulp.
But back to the top 10 movies of 2020, the #1 film of the year — which honestly might REMAIN the #1 film of the year if things don’t return to normal this fall — just hit the Box and Redbox on Demand. It’s Bad Boys for Life, the third installment in the Bad Boys franchise, which kicked off a full 25 years ago in 1995. Ah, such simpler times those were.
Here’s the full list! The ones with a * were technically released in 2019.
5) Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker*
8) Little Women*
Which of the top 10 do you still have left to watch?