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Ticket sales dive at box office; lowest turnout in 20 years

Chris Pratt attends the world premiere of "Onward" at the El Capitan Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Ticket sales have plunged to their lowest levels in at least 20 years at North American movie theaters amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to studio estimates Sunday, receipts totaled about $56 million in U.S. and Canada theaters.

Data firm Comscore says that weekend box office revenue hasn’t been so low since September 2000.

More people went to the movies the weekend after Sept. 11, 2001. Pixar’s “Onward” remained the top film by earning $10.5 million in its second weekend.

The Christian romance “I Still Believe” brought in $9.5 million. “Bloodshot,” with Vin Diesel, grossed an estimated $9.3 million. Those totals are notably below expectations.

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