Beyond Bloodshot, the box office results were not super encouraging on any front. Pixar's Onward grossed an estimated $10.5 million over the weekend, taking a steady drop from its opening weekend total of $39 million. Hoping to ride a wave of controversy after being "canceled" last, Universal's satirical thriller The Hunt failed to find a large audience for its troll-like political provocations, finishing in the fifth place slot with around $5 million. Today, Universal announced that it will be one of a handful of films that they make widely available on VOD at a $20 price point, an unprecedented move that could establish a model for other major studios looking to weather the current moment.
All combined, the top 10 releases grossed $50.35 million, which, as Polygon pointed out, is the lowest cumulative top 10 gross since since the period of March 17-19, 1995. What was the biggest movie of that weekend? Outbreak, the Dustin Hoffman and Rene Russo starring medical disaster drama that's currently sitting on your Netflix queue waiting to be explored. The movie had the misfortune of launching when an Ebola outbreak in Zaire was making headlines around the world. Along with Steven Soderbergh's ultra-tense Contagion, it's been rediscovered by new audiences seeking out stories of disease and containment.
Will audiences rediscover Bloodshot in the years to come? While the movie has a handful of fun, loopy science fiction ideas, including an intriguing example of memory-wiping technology, it's mostly plays as an awkward mashup of parts scrapped from better, more original movies. Think Limitless meets Memento meets Groundhog Day meets The Matrix meets Deadpool -- you get the idea. For fans of Diesel and ridiculous action movies, it'd be worth seeking out if Sony decides to follow Universal's footsteps and release the film early on VOD. (Trust me: It's a more entertaining, less irritating movie than The Hunt.) Otherwise, Bloodshot feels like another curious footnote in Diesel's filmography, a speed-bump between the world-conquering Fast movies that have come to define his long, strange career.