Contagion, which has eerie similarities to the coronavirus outbreak, has jumped from Warner Bros’ 270th most watched film to its second.
The 2011 movie, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon and Kate Winslet, tracks a global epidemic as a mystery virus from Hong Kong travels to the United States and kills millions of people.
Almost a decade after its release, Contagion rose more than 260 places on its studio’s most watched back catalog, making the huge leap from 270th in December to number two this week.
It is also tenth highest rented on Apple’s iTunes store, alongside 2019 Oscar winner Parasite and Frozen II. A year ago it failed to make the top 100.
The number of coronavirus cases in New York has now jumped to six after the wife, two children and neighbor of a Manhattan attorney who is currently hospitalized with the disease all tested positive.
In total, the number of cases across the country have soared to more than 150 and 11 people have now died from the disease.