Weekend Box Office (February 28 - March 1, 2020)

by Gitesh Pandya

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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Last Updated: March 1, 2020 at 1:00PM ET

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