Weekend Box Office (February 28 - March 1, 2020)
THIS WEEKEND In a year of horror misfires, Universal scored a big hit with the release of the new thriller The Invisible Man which opened at number one with an impressive result of an estimated $29M. Backed by raves from critics and audiences alike, the R-rated pic averaged a sturdy $8,033 from 3,610 locations. Six of the last eight weekends have been ruled by a movie with an R rating.
Reviews for the Elisabeth Moss starrer were great and the B+ CinemaScore was quite high for the scary movie genre. According to studio data, the audience was 53% male, 54% non-white, and 64% over 25. The road ahead for this low-cost production looks promising. The global launch this weekend was $49.2M.
After a fortnight at number one, the hit vidgame pic Sonic the Hedgehog settled for second place but declined by only 39% and captured another estimate of $16M in sales. Paramount has now grossed $128.3M which is its highest gross for any film since Mission: Impossible - Fallout from the summer of 2018. With $137.2M overseas, Sonic has banked $265.5M worldwide on its way to over $400M if a China release can end up happening.
Harrison Ford took third place with his latest adventure The Call of the Wild which collected an estimated $13.2M, off 47%. The 20th Century film has grossed $45.9M to date and may end up in the $70M neighborhood.
Anime fans showed up in strong numbers for the animated sequel My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising which opened to an estimated $5.1M from 1,260 theaters (the least of any film in the top ten) for a good $4,024 average (second best in the top ten.) Reviews were very positive for the Funimation film and audience feedback has been sensational. Since its Wednesday release the 5-day cume is $8.5M.
A pair of R-rated former number ones followed. Sony's Bad Boys For Life dropped only 26% to an estimated $4.3M boosting the killer cume to $197.4M domestic and $405.4M worldwide. Birds of Prey grossed an estimated $4.1M, down 40%, for $78.8M to date for Warner Bros. Global is now $188.4M.
The prank comedy Impractical Jokers expanded into 1,900 locations this weekend for a full nationwide release and jumped up 36% to an estimated $3.5M. Cume for truTV is $6.6M with a mild weekend average of $1,866. The Oscar-winning war film 1917 followed with an estimated $2.7M, off 37%, lifting the totals to $155.9M domestic and $362.4M worldwide.
Tumbling 55% in its sophomore round was the horror entry Brahms: The Boy II with an estimated $2.6M for a weak $9.8M to date. Rounding out the top ten was Fantasy Island with an estimated $2.3M, down 46%, and $24M overall for Sony.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $82.8M which was down 12% from last year when How To Train Your Dragon 3 opened at number one with $30M; and down 38% from 2018 when Black Panther remained in the top spot with an amazing $66.3M in its third weekend.
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|#||Title||Feb 28 - Mar 1||Feb 21 - 23||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||The Invisible Man||$ 28,205,665||3,610||1||$ 7,813||$ 28,205,665||Universal|
|2||Sonic the Hedgehog||16,261,393||26,192,294||-37.9||4,177||3||3,893||128,555,045||Paramount|
|3||The Call of the Wild||13,362,823||24,791,624||-46.1||3,865||2||3,457||46,018,474||20th Century|
|4||My Hero Academia: HR||5,750,000||1,172||1||4,906||9,100,000||Funimation|
|5||Bad Boys For Life||4,350,134||5,843,978||-25.6||2,708||7||1,606||197,418,519||Sony|
|6||Birds of Prey||4,104,283||6,802,003||-39.7||3,124||4||1,314||78,786,416||Warner Bros.|
|9||Brahms: The Boy II||2,622,542||5,823,006||-55.0||2,151||2||1,219||9,770,161||STX|
|11||Jumanji: The Next Level||2,181,242||2,875,302||-24.1||1,811||12||1,204||313,787,152||Sony|
|17||Portrait of a Lady on Fire||748,297||693,218||7.9||268||13||2,792||2,471,585||Neon|
|19||Las Pildoras de mi Novio||614,854||1,396,140||-56.0||350||2||1,757||2,352,280||Lionsgate|
|Top 5||$ 67,930,015||$ 69,452,905||-2.2|
|Top 20 vs. 2019||93,646,537||108,093,981||-13.4|
Last Updated: March 1, 2020 at 1:00PM ET
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