The box-office appeal of an enduring superhero may be stronger than Omicron, but what about everything else? Theaters need to see that a weak November was the outlier — not the elevated October led by “Venom: Let There Be Carnage.”
IndieWire’s box-office estimate for October was right on target, but we leaned pessimistic for November; the guess was it could gross 65 percent of November 2019. Turned out that we were off by 10 points. Total domestic box office for the month is around $525 million, or 55 percent of 2019. Normally, the month of November improves on its predecessor by about 40 percent. This year, it smashed records with a shortfall of 17 percent. Ouch.