The recent Covid-19 spike in China has had a significant impact on the box office revenues of the newly released Robert Pattinson-starrer ‘The Batman.’ According to ‘Variety,’ the trend at China’s box office has recently been the same for films of all backgrounds. The majority of cinemas in the main cities of Shanghai and Shenzhen were shuttered, as were theatres in a few other regions around the country.According to analysts, between 30 and 43 percent of Chinese movie theatres were closed last weekend as the country battled its largest Omicron epidemic to date.
When observed it was found that the according to Maoyan a ticket booking agency film The Batman made a collection of 12.1 million by the end of the first day and, based on preliminary figures. When Thursday’s previews was also included in it was observed that, Robert Pattinson’s “The Batman” had earned a total of 13.7 million, or we can say that $2.15 million, by early afternoon.
How Covid-19 affected cinema
The COVID-19 epidemic had a significant influence on the film business in 2020, 2021, and 2022, echoing its effects throughout other cultural industries. The movie theatres and cinemas halls have been shuttered to varied degrees throughout the world, festivals have been cancelled or postponed, and release of the movies have been rescheduled to later dates or postponed till unannounced date. Due to the closure of cinemas and movie theatres, the worldwide cinema and movie collection has plummeted by huge amount of dollars, streaming has grown in popularity, and the exhibitor film stock has also dropped considerably. Many blockbusters that were supposed to be released by mid-March 2020 have been postponed or cancelled throughout the world, and film development has also been suspended. As a result, opportunities for independent film producers arose.
- By March 2020, the film industry of China had lost US$2 billion after closing all of its theatres for the Lunar New Year period, which sustains the industry throughout Asia. Between March 13–15, it was observed that North America has collected its lowermostcollection of box office at weekend since 1998.
- It was anticipated in early March 2020 that the epidemic will cost the worldwide box office $5 billion.
- Countries with pandemics have shuttered or limited cinemas and movie theatres, reducing film income. Attendance has been decreased in other places as well. In the aftermath of the epidemic in mainland China, 70,000 theatres were forced to close in January 2020. China’s box office fell to US$3.9 million in the first two months of 2020, compared to US$2.148 billion in the same period in 2019. Later, as a result of the epidemic in Italy, the Italian government ordered all theatres to close for up to a month on March 8, 2020.
- Prior to the shutdown, box office tracking predicted a 94 percent reduction for the March 6–8 weekend compared to the same period the prior year. Because of the spreading epidemic in France, cinemas are running at half capacity, with crucial seats unavailable in order to decrease closeness in the screens, a measure that was quickly adopted by the Irish and Northern Irish movie operator Omniplex Cinemas. Qatar shuttered all theatres on March 12, as did the United States on March 17, Malaysia and Thailand on March 18, the United Kingdom on March 20, Australia and New Zealand on March 22, and Singapore on March 27.
Records about movies
- The Batman earned $3.6 million on its debut Friday in China, driving what will likely be a $14 million opening weekend and maybe over/under $35 million cume. That was unsurprising given that A) 30 percent of Chinese cinemas are shuttered during Covid’s revival and B) Chinese viewers haven’t been particularly interested in Hollywood exports since, honestly, 2019.
- It’s been nearly non-existent since 2020 (with the exception of Godzilla Vs. Kong, F9, and Free Guy), but even in 2019, we noticed a possible pattern in which only established franchises (The Fast Saga, the MonsterVerse, and Marvel movies) excelled in China at the detriment of almost everything else.
- Aquaman made a whopping $298 million in late 2018, whereas Shazam! only made $43 million. In late 2018, Venom grossed $269 million, although Venom: Let There Be Carnage did not even play in China. This is due to governmental politics more than moviegoer demand (none of last year’s Marvel films were shown in China), yet Matrix Resurrections made just $14 million and Wonder Woman 1984 garnered $25 million (compared to $90 million for Wonder Woman).
- However, even before the cinema closures, The Batman was only expected to make $25 million or more in its opening weekend, which would be at the low end of what well-reviewed Hollywood superhero pictures earned in China until just a few years ago. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, for example, earned $52.8 million in 2012, when China had around one-third the number of cinema screens it has now. In 2016, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice made $95.8 million, which was surpassed by Justice League in 2017 with $106 million.
Film productions in the key outbreak zones (primarily China, South Korea, and Italy) have altered their schedules, relocated, or shut down entirely. Sony Pictures shut down operations in London, Paris, and Poland after an employee was suspected of being infected with the virus. All in-person sessions have been cancelled by the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA. Dongyang, China’s Hengdian World Studios, is closed indefinitely. Star Cinema, Regal Entertainment, and Cinema One Originals in the Philippines similarly halted filming on March 15, the same day a quarantine was imposed in Metro Manila and Cainta, Rizal.
With the lessening of limitations and the slow return to pre-pandemic life (in some aspects), movie theatres and theatres have reopened across cities, and excited moviegoers are returning to the theatres. While COVID-19 has changed the way we look at things and assess the hazards of each public excursion, movie going is also something that is undeniably pleasant. With new films hitting theatres, it may be the first time in over two years that moviegoers visit a theatre.