The coronavirus continues to change the world of entertainment. We’ve chronicled those changes in this space over the last several months, watching as the box-office dollars shrank from the hundreds of millions to the just plain hundreds, and as movies moved from the multiplex to streaming services and video on demand.
Well, we’re changing a bit, too.
I admit that, as the main caretaker of Movie Monday (what we call this blog internally), I’m a little sad to see it leave this space.. I know it’s the wave of the future, but social media just doesn’t have as much room for atrocious puns.
But when we first launched Movie Monday, its primary purpose didn’t have anything to do with puns. Rather, it was meant to be a launchpad for conversation, a place where you could talk about the movies you saw over the weekend: what you liked, what you hated, what you thought of what we thought about them, etc.
Those sorts of conversations across our culture have largely migrated to social media. It seems time—past time, perhaps—that this conversation migrated there, too.
But it’s still Monday, and this blog still has a job to do one last time. So let’s take at the weekend’s biggest cinematic shakers, shall we?
Most prognosticators believe that the biggest rumble took place on Disney+, where the Broadway sensation Hamilton made its small-screen debut over the Fourth of July weekend. While Disney is not releasing viewership numbers, the streaming service did see a 64% download bump over the weekend, and buzz over Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning history lesson was louder than an Epcot fireworks display. In Uproxxx’s own box-office roundup, Dustin Rowles noted that Disney+ boasts 54 million subscribers. He speculated that a huge chunk of those subscribers watched the musical—then took walks and peered through their neighbors’ windows as they watched Hamilton—just to rewatch another number or two. (Which sounds a little creepy to me, but we’ve got other things to talk about.)
We can be pretty sure that Hamilton’s popularity far surpassed that of any movie actually playing in theaters this weekend. Box Office Mojo lists only one movie on its weekend wrap-up list thus far: Followed earned $11,200 in 90 theaters. More movies may, um, follow later today.
The video-on-demand charts look awfully familiar. FandangoNow features all the usual suspects we’ve seen on these charts for weeks now, if not months. Trolls World Tour—the undisputed star of the COVID cinematic season—leads the way once again, Followed by No. 2 The King of Staten Island, No. 3 You Should Have Left and No. 4 Irresistible. Newcomer Force of Nature, featuring a wizened Mel Gibson, lands at No. 5.
Over at iTunes, a new movie called The Outpost is in gold-medal position, followed by a couple of golden oldies: Independence Day and Terminator: Dark Fate. Trolls World Tour is fourth, and Force of Nature is fifth.