Among the industries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic is film exhibition. From megaplexes to arthouses, movie theaters have been forced to close across all 50 states due to government-mandated (and frankly, common sense-driven) restrictions to enforce social distancing in public spaces and venues.
Things are so grim in the movie–screening business that according to Deadline, only 14 movie theaters remained open as of this past weekend, nearly all of them drive-ins, some of which have since closed. Weekend box-office grosses have topped $4,000 the past three weekends. By comparison, theaters brought in more than $100 million total the first weekend of March, and $182 million over Valentine’s weekend.