After a recent lull from disappointing genre flicks, Universal’s re-imagining of The Invisible Man managed overcome said lull, delivering a solid $29 million at the weekend box office. Certainly benefitting from extremely positive critical reactions (the horror flick is currently sitting pretty at a 90% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and strong marketing from Universal, the $7 million production starring Elisabeth Moss opened near the high end of optimistic weekend projections.
The Invisible Man enjoyed a stronger amount of walk-up business than usual for the event film the studio was marketing it as, further proving how influential the positive buzz turned out to be. Audiences dug it just as much as critics with a “B+” Cinemascore, an excellent result for a horror film. Internationally, the film made $20.2 million from 47 markets that adds up to a strong $49.2 million global debut, with the strongest showing coming from the UK with a $2.86 million launch. With no other direct competition until A Quiet Place Part 2 opens on March 20th, expect a leggy run for the Blumhouse production with a final domestic total somewhere between $75-$90 million.
In its third week of release, Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog saw a very strong hold with just a 39% dip with an estimated $16 million bringing its domestic total to a mighty $128.2 million. The film now stands as the third highest-grossing video game adaptation to date just behind 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider with $131.6 million (not adjusted for inflation).
In third place was The Call of the Wild with an estimated $13.2 million in its second week of release, down 47% from its strong opening of $24.79 million. The Disney/20th Century release has grossed $45.9 million thus far, but its reported budget of $130 million still leaves much to be desired.
A surprise result in fourth place was FUNimation’s My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising a feature-length anime based on the popular superhero manga and animated series, bringing in an estimated $5.1 million from just 1,275 screens. Opening on Wednesday, the film has already grossed $8.5 million, quickly becoming FUNimation’s second highest-grossing film domestically behind last year’s Dragon Ball Super: Brolly brought in a robust $30.7 million.
In fifth place this weekend, we still find Sony’s Bad Boys For Life which took in an estimated $4.3 million in its seventh week of release bringing its domestic total to an astounding $197.3 million, just shy of the $200 million mark.
After a great opening on only five screens last weekend, the Jane Austen adaptation Emma from Focus Features expanded to 97 screens and took in an estimated $1.1 million good for 13th place, bringing its domestic total to $1.47 million. The film expands nationwide next weekend, so look for it to gross $4 million or more by this time next week.
Next weekend sees the release of Disney/Pixar’s Onward starring Chris Pratt and Tom Holland. The animated film is aiming for an opening around the $55 million mark which would be a solid start. Also opening is the Ben Affleck-starring sports drama, The Way Back. Affleck, a box office draw in his own right, hasn’t seen a theatrical opening since 2017’s disappointing Justice League. Solid reviews will be key for how the WB-released film performs, but estimates are currently standing around $10 million, which could move higher or lower given the buzz headed into the weekend.
- The Invisible Man $29M (New)
- Sonic the Hedgehog $16M – $128.2M Total
- The Call of the Wild $13.2M – $45.8M Total
- My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising $5.1M – $8.4M Total
- Bad Boys For Life $4.3M – $197.3M Total
- Birds of Prey $4.1M – $78.7M Total
- Impractical Jokers: The Movie $3.5M – $6.6M Total
- 1917 $2.67M – $155.8M Total
- Brahms: The Boy 2 $2.62M – $9.7M Total
- Fantasy Island $2.3M – $24M Total
- Jumanji: The Next Level $2.1M – $313M Total
- Parasite $1.5M – $51.5M Total