The Covid-19 pandemic has caused extensive damage throughout the world, even more so to the global box-office. With major studios forced to postpone and delay their films, 2020 was clearly not a good year for cinema.
However, despite the fact that it was a largely forgettable year for film, a recent report by Box-Office Mojo has revealed the best performing films of the year. The Chinese blockbuster, The Eight Hundred was the top performing film of the year, earning over USD461 million worldwide.
Trailing close behind was Bad Boys For Life, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence with over USD426 million. The Bad Boys sequel was also the highest-grossing film in the U.S. with over USD204 million.
The report by Box-Office Mojo also revealed some surprises with films such as 1917 taking the second spot in the U.S. with USD157.9 million. This is despite the Sam Mendes film being released late in 2019. Third place was Sonic the Hedgehog (USD146 million), Jumanji: The Next Level (USD124.7 million) and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ($124.4 million).
Incidentally, both Jumanji and Star Wars were also 2019 releases. However these films were able to capitalise on most cinemas still being opened at the time, before the health crisis forced the shutdown.