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Weekend BOX OFFICE update: 6-8 March, 2020



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Disney and Pixar has plenty to celebrate today as its latest animated venture, Onward (reviewed here), took the top spot this week as Coronavirus fears scared fans away from cinemas.

Onward (Walt Disney/Pixar)
Onward (Disney/Pixar)

Sitting atop the worldwide box office this week, Onward delivered a lukewarm $40m to take the crown in North America. According to BoxOfficeMojo that $40m lands on what they call the “extreme, lower end of expectations”. Despite high expectations heading into the weekend, an “A-” CinemaScore from opening day crowds and 96% audience score on RottenTomatoes, it was unable to catch fire over Saturday and Sunday.

Internationally, Onward grossed an estimated $28m from its first 47 territories. Leading the way was the UK with an estimated $4.4m followed by France ($3.3m), Mexico ($3.0m), Russia ($2.1m), Spain ($1.9m), Germany ($1.9m) and Brazil ($1.1m).

There are plenty of markets left to open with Korea, Italy and Japan set for mid-April and Australia, Turkey, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Taiwan to follow.

The Invisible Man (Universal)

Taking second place this week is Universal and Blumhouse’s The Invisible Man (reviewed here), which defied expectations to have a great holdover from its opening weekend, dipping just -46% for a $15.1m second weekend.

The $7m production now finds its domestic total climbing to over $52m after only ten days in release.

Internationally, the film added an additional $17.3m this weekend, bringing its international total to around $45m. Globally the film is just shy of $100m.

Landing in third place is Warner Bros.’s The Way Back with an estimated $8.5m. Audiences on opening day gave the film a “B+” CinemaScore in North America. Internationally, The Way Back debuted in 14 overseas markets this weekend with an estimated $640k on 448 screens. Australia is leading the way with $219k with more key markets to open in April.

In fourth place is our favourite blue hedgehog, Sonic, as Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog (revived here) grosses an estimated $8m. Its domestic cume now tops $140m. Internationally, the film added a further $12m to its total for an overseas box office around $154.8m and a global haul that tops $295m.

Rounding out the top five this week is 20th Century’s The Call of the Wild, finishing the lacklustre weekend with an estimated $7m for a domestic cume that now tops $57m. Internationally, it added $4.8m for an overseas total that now tops $42m and a global tally just shy of $100m.

Until next week Super Friends…

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