'New Mutants' box office success sees drive in theaters emerge as nation's top earners amid COVID-19 pandemic
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hurt theater chains across the country, two drive-ins in southern California have emerged as some of the top earners in the nation for people looking to catch the latest superhero release from Marvel.
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The comic book giant's long-awaited project, “The New Mutants,” led the domestic box office with its opening of $7 million in 2,412 locations. The movie, which was made by 20th Century Fox prior to Disney’s acquisition, tested the waters of the new theatrical release landscape after news that Disney was releasing its major tentpole film, “Mulan,” as a digital release for Disney+ subscribers willing to shell out an extra $30.
According to Deadline, Southern California drive-in theaters The Paramount and the Van Buren were responsible for a lot of those profits, having packed, mostly socially distant, crowds there to see “New Mutants” and the Russell Crowe thriller “Unhinged.” The two theaters aren’t alone, with only 62% of U.S. theaters open, the last two weekends have seen drive-in theaters emerge as some of the most popular in the country. In fact, the outlet reports that three of the top five theaters showing “Unhinged” were drive-ins.
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