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U.S. Box Office Cratered 80 Percent in 2020

Thanks to the nationwide coronavirus closures and lockdowns in major movie markets from New York City to Los Angeles, the U.S. movie box office take crashed 80 percent last year, according to a new report by the Motion Picture Association.

People wearing facemasks walk at the Griffith Observatory with a view of the Hollywood sign at the start of Memorial Day holiday weekend amid the novel coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles on May 22, 2020. (Photo by Apu GOMES / AFP) (Photo by APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images)

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Debuts with $16.7 Million

NEW YORK — Despite premiering simultaneously by streaming service, “Wonder Woman 1984” managed the best box office debut of the pandemic, opening with $16.7 million over the Christmas weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot in a scene from "Wonder Woman 1984." The superhero sequel earned an estimated $38.5 million in ticket sales from international theaters, Warner Bros. said Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. via AP)

U.S. Box Office Expected to Plunge by 81 Percent in 2020

The U.S. box office is expected to drop by 81 percent this year as the coronavirus continues to decimate domestic moviegoing, according to new analyst report from MoffettNathanson. The report recommends that cinema chains swallow their pride and team up with streaming services like Netflix as a “lifeline to get more product on movie screens.”

Clouds are shown over the iconic Hollywood sign Thursday Feb. 27, 2014 in Los Angeles. Southern California got an overnight soaking Thursday as residents prepared for a second, more powerful storm that could bring heavier rain and prompted fears of mudslides in communities along fire-scarred foothills. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Nolte: Latest Theatrical Moves Make 2020 a Lost Year for the Movies

With Christopher Nolan’s Tenet doornail dead at the box office, a number of other big movies have just lost their nerve and scurried to next year or much later this year, which means 2020 is a total washout, a lost year for the movies. Something that has never before happened in this country. Not during world wars or previous pandemics.