In a much tighter-than-expected race, Paramount’s video game adaptation Sonic the Hedgehog managed to fend off Disney/20th Century’s The Call of the Wild.
Barely hanging on to the top spot, Sonic dipped 55% from last weekend’s surprise $58 million opening, bringing in an estimated $26.3 million, bringing its domestic total to a sizable $106.6 million to date. Sonic is already the fourth highest grossing domestic video game adaptation just behind The Angry Birds Movie ($107 million) and looks to pass Lara Croft: Tomb Raider ($131.4 million) and last year’s Pokemon: Detective Pikachu ($144.1 million) over the next few weeks. The worldwide total now stand at $203.1 million. Expect a sequel announcement from the studio very soon.
Coming in with a stronger-than-anticipated $24.8 million is the Harrison Ford-starring, The Call of the Wild. Based on the classic Jack London novel, Wild over-performed industry estimates that pegged the adventure film opening around the $15 million mark. Largely thanks to Disney’s marketing that included the Mouse-House forcing exhibitors to feature the trailer in front of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, The Call of the Wild appealed to a largely older demographic as Sonic continued to ring in family audiences. With an “A-” CinemaScore, the film over-indexed in many areas known for their retirement population including Orlando, Salt Lake City and Phoenix. This opening marks the best-case-scenario as the PG-rated adventure film cost upwards of $130 million. With its worldwide total coming in just over $40 million, Wild has plenty of terrain to cover if it ever wants to see a profit.
After a fairly strong second weekend hold of just 48%, WB’s Birds of Prey suffered a steep drop of 59%, bringing in $7 million this weekend. While not the box office disaster some talking heads on social media would lead you to believe, the $80 million-Harley Quinn vehicle has reached just $72.5 million domestically after three weeks of release with its worldwide total now standing at $173.7 million.
In fourth place, we find this weeks other new release, STX’s horror sequel Brahms: The Boy 2, opening with $5.9 million, a so-so result for the poorly received horror film that received a “C-” CinemaScore from opening night audiences. Just behind in fifth is Sony’s Bad Boys For Life dipping 49% with an estimated $5.86 million in its sixth week of release, bringing the long-awaited sequel’s domestic total to a stellar $191 million. Expect this to be the first 2020 film to cross the $200 million mark by next weekend.
Just outside of the top 10 is where you’ll find truTV’s Impractical Jokers: The Movie opening with an outstanding $2.5 million from just 357 screens. The big-screen expansion of the hit TV show surprised many with its per-theater average of $7,000. Look for the film to rapidly expand into new markets over the new few weeks. Finally, in limited release is Focus Features domestic opening of Emma, grossing an estimated $230,000 from just 5 locations. The period comedy expands nationwide on March 6th and look for it to become to first big platform release of the year.
Next Weekend’s sole new release is Universal’s much buzzed-about re-imagining of The Invisible Man starring Elisabeth Moss. Tracking currently has the R-rated horror film opening around the $30 million mark, with a real chance of opening even higher.
1. Sonic the Hedgehog- $26.3M – $106.6M Total
2. The Call of the Wild- $24.8M (New)
3. Birds of Prey- $7M – $72.5M
4. Brahms: The Boy II- $5.9M (New)
5. Bad Boys for Life $5.8M – $191.1M Total
6. 1917 $4.4M – $151.9M Total
7. Fantasy Island $4.1M – $20.1M Total
8. Parasite $3.1M – $48.9M Total
9. Jumanji: The Next Level $3M – $310.9 M Total
10. The Photograph $2.8M – $17.6 M Total
11. Impractical Jokers: The Movie- $2.5M (New)
12. Dolittle- $1.8M – $74.9M Total