The weekend box office receipts totalled an estimated $55.3 million (£45 million) for theatres in the U.S. and Canada, the lowest figures since September, 2000, when ticket sales amounted to $54.5 million (£44.4 million), according to data experts at Comscore.
The downturn in theatre profits comes amid growing concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, with authorities across the U.S. enforcing limitations on capacity in public spaces in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
The virus had killed at least 62 people in the U.S. by Sunday, with more than 3,130 cases of infection confirmed.
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