BOX OFFICE: “Mutants” move the needle, “Bill & Ted” bomb (*in theaters)

“The New Mutants,” shelved even before Fox made it an orphaned film by selling out to Disney, became a classic “late August release when The Mouse took custody. Dumped in theaters this weekend, a last gasp of X Men rebooted earned $7 million, when $8 to $10 had been projected. Friday’s opening numbers pointed to $8 but it fell off a cliff Saturday.

“Mutants” with a no name cast, earned only $2.9 million in the rest of the world, where more cinemas are open because they had more competent folks handling the pandemic.

“Unhinged,” last weekend’s big (ish) opener, fell off by 34% or so and managed another $2.6.

It’s worth remembering that “Bill & Ted” is a 31 year-old franchise, that all involved and most of those who adore them have gotten that first AARP solicitation in the mail. I’m guessing this one did decent business as a video streaming release. In theaters? $1 million. Whoa. Big bomb.

The Dickens adaptation “The Pesonal History of David Copperfield” did not lure its even older target audience into cinemas. Over $520,000, but on over 2,000 screens. Bad weekend for a good film.

“Words on Bathroom Walls” added $435 to last weekend’s meek total.

Sources, Exhibitor Relations and Box Office Pro.

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