BOX OFFICE REPORT
March 6-8, 2020
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|The Invisible Man||$15.1 million|
|The Way Back||$8.5 million|
|Sonic the Hedgehog||$8 million|
|The Call of the Wild||$7 million|
Conjuring up a $40 million opening, Onward was the No. 1 movie in the country, another top debut for Pixar. But that's on the low end for the studio. The only one in recent years to start so small was The Good Dinosaur, which earned $39 million its first frame en route to becoming the animation hub's lowest-grossing film ever. Whether audiences weren't as enamored with these characters – this was one of only two non-sequels for the company in the last four years – or if this is the start of a panic-related box office downturn remains to be seen.
The Invisible Man fell to second place, with a typical 46 percent slide. The film has made $52.6 million so far, much more than any other scary movie this year so far. The Way Back was another terrible opening for Warner Bros., who can seemingly only grab audiences with DC properties. The film likely cost in the $20-25 million range, so all hope is not lost. But this seemed like perfect counter-programming for adults, and even they stayed home.
Sonic the Hedgehog dropped to fourth, and it will peter out around $150 million domestically. But that fast blue critter will be back in two years or less I imagine. The Call of the Wild was right behind it with $7 million, but it won't make much beyond $65 million. Still, that makes it one of the strongest post-merger Fox titles.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: First Cow, Kelly Reichardt's latest tale of the American West. The film averaged $24,014 on its four screens.
- Emma. continued its expansion splendidly. The Jane Austen adaptation earned $5 million, finishing just outside the top 5.
- Greed, on the other hand, is not earning its riches. Adding more than 500 screens, it earned a weak $358 average.
The controversial thriller The Hunt finally gets its release. Will all its bad PR translate into good box office returns? I think there will be just enough curious souls for it to possibly take the top spot with $20 million. But be on the lookout for Christian biopic I Still Believe to have a strong showing. Both will likely do better than Vin Diesel's foray into comic book movies. Bloodshot will likely make between just $12 and $15 million.