The decision follows the worst weekend in more
than two decades at the North American box office last week.
"Given the current large number of theater shutdowns around the
globe, Disney will suspend global weekend reporting for the time
being. Wishing you and your families the best during these
testing times and please be safe," Disney said in a statement.
Universal Pictures said it was also pausing the circulation to
the media of box office data.
Movie studios typically release box office receipts from movie
theaters around the world that measure the popularity of their
films with the public.
However, in the past few days movie theater chains in the United
States, Canada and Britain have shut down due to bans on large
gatherings. Italy, France, South Korea and other countries have
imposed more stringent lockdowns in a bid to restrict the spread
of the disease.
Movie theaters in China, Hollywood's biggest overseas market,
have been shuttered for weeks because of the virus.
Hollywood's two other main movie studios - Sony Pictures and
Warner Bros - did not immediately respond to queries on Thursday
on whether they also planned to stop releasing box office data.
Ticket sales in North America last weekend slumped to the lowest
levels in more than 20 years, generating roughly $55 million
between Friday and Sunday.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)
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