Sunday, April 4, 2021

2020 Box Office Top Ten

The strangest year yet at the box office thanks to the pandemic, obviously the results will always look weird, so let’s have a look, via Box Office Mojo as of today, for the top ten movies released during 2020:

  1. Bad Boys for Life - $206 million - For a year that also ended up known for the second wave of Black Lives Matter protests, it’s surely an irony that the third Will Smith/Martin Lawrence buddy cop flick ended up the highest grossing film at the US box office.
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog - $148 million - I prefer to think of this as a Jim Carrey movie, his big mainstream comeback, and by far his biggest box office success in years.
  3. Birds of Prey and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn - $84 million - Here’s where the skewed box office really sets in. You’d have to go back decades to find a year where a film made the top ten without having reached at least a hundred million (1995, Die Hard with a Vengeance at seventh place with $92 million). And this is the highest grossing superhero movie! 
  4. Dolittle - $77 million - Stop me if you would’ve predicted this: Robert Downey Jr. starring in a movie that is quickly forgotten that somehow still ranks as one of the top box office draws of the year. Only in 2020, folks.
  5. The Invisible Man - $70 million - One of the modern horror hits that I couldn’t care less about.
  6. The Call of the Wild - $62 million - A movie released just before the pandemic hit that probably would’ve made about as much after theaters reopened.
  7. Onward - $61 million - Likewise. A minor Pixar effort later eclipsed by Soul.
  8. Tenet - $57 million - Christopher Nolan drew criticism insisting that it be released in theaters. Managed to be the biggest hit post-shutdown anyway.
  9. The Croods: A New Age - $56 million - Family movies were an obvious boon in the pandemic era.
  10. Wonder Woman 1984 - $46 million - Closing out the list is the biggest superhero release post-shutdown.

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