The MLK Box Office Improves 49% From 2022 – But It’s Still Well Below Pre-Pandemic Years

Variety has returned to movie theaters, but the market is still lacking a new blockbuster or Oscar contender to jolt early-year numbers

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Much of the COVID-19 recovery period for the box office has been a mixed bag, and Martin Luther King Jr. weekend was no different as overall grosses improved from last year but remain well below what the January holiday brought prior to the pandemic.

The estimated final overall total for the four-day weekend is $127 million, approximately 49% above the $85 million grossed last year. But it’s also 32% below the $205 million grossed on the holiday weekend in January 2020 less than two months before the pandemic closed theaters.

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • • Twitter: @jeremyfuster