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How Covid Wiped Out The Studios’ Domestic Box Office Market Share In 2020

How Covid Wiped Out The Studios’ Domestic Box Office Market Share In 2020

It was supposed to be a year when the playing field became even.

After losing to Disney for four years in a row, with the Burbank studio setting an industry record in 2019 of $13.2 billion global box office, a new major studio was set to become the domestic king.

“I think 2020 is going to be more of a horse race,” I remember one studio distribution boss beaming to me.

Even though Disney had the newly acquired 20th Century Studios and Searchlight, and would count both in their annual box office, the behemoth in 2020 lacked the franchise titles it had in 2019 which fired up its Disney+ streaming service. That provided rivals Universal and Warner Bros with hope they’d have an edge.

Well, Disney didn’t win 2020 (Sony did — see the charts below). But still, the year didn’t

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