The Empire Strikes Back Again: Star Wars Tops The Box Office

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For the first time in two decades, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is once again the box office champ for the weekend. The second film in the original George Lucas trilogy has topped any of the new releases that are currently being screened in limited release while the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the world of movie theaters. Initially released in 1980, it's most often referred to as the best in the entire saga and has continued to break records since its initial theatrical run. The movie has seen numerous re-releases, special editions, and anniversary runs. Now, with barely anything to challenge it, Episode V has gone on to gross between $400,000 to $500,000 this weekend with almost all showings coming from drive-in theaters. It grossed $175,000 on Saturday alone. 

Black Panther and Inside Out also received special limited re-releases this weekend, each bringing in more than $100,000 each. While many are okay sitting at home for their entertainment, many want somewhere to escape to. The outdoor venues have allowed a great source for families that have been on lockdown for several months. 

The next big theatrical movie that's scheduled to hit theaters is Christopher Nolan's Tenet which is supposed to finally see life on August 12th. However, if the health crisis continues as it seems to be, that won't happen. More and more it looks like some huge cinematic films might end up on streaming services.