BOX OFFICE REPORT
February 28-March 1, 2020
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|The Invisible Man||$29 million|
|Sonic the Hedgehog||$16 million|
|The Call of the Wild||$13.2 million|
|My Hero Academia:
|Bad Boys for Life||$4.3 million|
Even with an abundance of horror movies in the first two months of the year, fans looking for a scary good time turned out for Leigh Whannell's remake of The Invisible Man. The updated thriller took in a strong $29 million. That's almost as much as the more star-powered remake of The Mummy earned during its 2017 debut. This, of course, was not a big-budget affair, produced by Blumhouse, giving its director limited funds but unlimited creative freedom. It's clear creatively and financially this is the way Universal should go forward with its monster properties.
Sonic the Hedgehog fell to second in its third weekend. The little blue guy sped to $128 million total thus far, giving Paramount a much-needed win after their disastrous returns on The Rhythm Section. The Call of the Wild slipped down to third, continuing to find some gold in those hills. It's earned $45 million to date.
The big surprise this week was the anime film My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising crashing into the top five. Taking advantage of a lack of competition, the second film based on the popular manga series earned $5.1 million on only around 1,200 screens. FUNimation had even greater success last year with Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Bad Boys for Life hung onto the top 5 for a shocking seventh weekend, earning $4.3 million.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Religious-tinged comedy-drama Saint Frances earned $16,150 on its lone screen.
- Wendy and Greed aren't going to be big awards contenders for Fox or Sony. Both films earned mixed reviews despite coming from respected directors and averaged a weak $7,500 in their opening frames.
- Parasite finally crossed the $50 million mark, becoming one of only four foreign-language films to do so, and the only one of the four to be set in modern times.
Pixar is back to dominate with Onward, which will enthrall kids and make their parents weep uncontrollably. An opening around $70 million seems right. Meanwhile, adults without kids will probably flock to the Ben Affleck redemption/sports movie The Way Back, which should earn between $20 and $25 million.