Weekend BOX OFFICE update: 28 Feb – 1 Mar, 2020

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Weekend BOX OFFICE update: 28 Feb – 1 Mar, 2020

As February draws to a close, 2020 finally gets its first breakout horror hit as Blumhouse and Universal Pictures The Invisible Man exceeds all expectations to take the top spot.

Directed by Leigh Whannell (and reviewed by our own James), The Invisible Man opens with an estimated $29m in the domestic market. According to BoxOfficeMojo opening day audiences gave the film a “B+” CinemaScore, a great score for a genre specific film like this. The film also holds a score of 89% from critics on RottenTomatoes.

Internationally, the film added another $20.2m from 47 markets for a $49.2m global debut. We’re very happy to say that the UK lead the way this weekend with an estimated $2.86m launch. This was followed by France ($2.19m), Mexico ($1.8m), Australia ($1.65m), Germany ($1.2m), Spain ($.1m) and Korea ($1.08m). Several markets will release next weekend including a March 5 release in Russia, ending with a May 1 release in Japan.

Landing in second place this week is Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog (reviewed here) with an estimated $16m. That takes the film’s domestic total to a little over $128m. This brings the film to just shy of the $131m domestic run for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which will make it the second highest grossing video game adaptation of all-time.

Internationally, Sonic added a further $26.8m from 62 markets for a $137.2m overseas total. Over this weekend the film added another six territories including a $2m opening in Indonesia and $1.1m in Poland.

Third place this week goes to Walt Disney’s Call of the Wild which added a further $13.2m, dipping -47% in its second weekend. It’s domestic total now sits at an estimated $45.9m. With $11m this weekend from overseas territories the global tally now stands at $79.3m. Given the $135m price tag for the Harrison Ford vehicle, it still has a ways to go to get in to the green for Disney.

Landing in fourth place this week is FUNimation’s My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising with an estimated $5.1m. After opening on Wednesday, this puts the film’s domestic total at an estimated $8.5m, making it the studio’s second largest domestic release of all-time, topping the $8m for 2015’s Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ while unlikely to catch last year’s $30.7 million run for Dragon Ball Super: Broly.

Rounding out the top five this week, Bad Boys For Life brought in an estimated $4.3m for a domestic total that now tops $197m. The film also added another $4.9m internationally across the weekend, pushing its overseas cume to $208m for a $406m global haul, BOM adds that figure is approximately $8m behind the worldwide total for the first two films combined.

Landing outside the top five this week is Warner Bros. Birds of Prey. The Margot Robbie produced picture brought in a further $4.1m in its fourth outing, a drop just shy of 40% from its third weekend. It’s domestic total now stands at an estimated $78.78m.

Added to its international total of $109.6m, the film now stands at $188.38m globally off of an estimated budget of $84.5m.

That’s all folks… until next week Super Friends!

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Doctor Who (BBC)

The Daleks will return in new, festive DOCTOR WHO special

Last night saw the twelfth series of BBC One’s Doctor Who draw to a shocking conclusion with the episode “The Timeless Children”. Immediately following that episode the BBC confirmed that Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor will return for a festive special later in the year.

In a statement the BBC said:

With the fate of the Doctor seemingly hanging in the balance following the climactic ending to Series 12, Doctor Who will next return to screens for a special in the upcoming festive season in an episode entitled: “Revolution of the Daleks”.

Following the latest series, which was packed full of shocking twists, turns and surprises, the one off special will see the return of one of the Doctor’s biggest and most feared enemies – the Daleks.

Showrunner Chris Chibnall said: “We can’t leave the Doctor there! On that cliffhanger! Well, we did. But rest assured, the Doctor and her friends will be back for a one-off extended Special around Christmas and New Year. (I don’t know when they’re going to put it on yet, otherwise we’d tell you!). There will be Daleks. There will be exterminations. Thrills, laughter, tears. You know. The usual. See you at the end of the year.”

Doctor Whostars Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor, Mandip Gill as Yasmin Khan, Tosin Cole as Ryan Sinclair and Bradley Walsh as Graham O’Brien.

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The Suicide Squad (Warner Bros.)

James Gunn confirms shooting is complete on THE SUICIDE SQUAD

Director James Gunn has shared an emotional post on social media to commemorate the end of shooting on The Suicide Squad. The Guardians of the Galaxy director was quick to thank the cast and crew of the upcoming DC Films production whilst sharing some personal tragedy.

“And that’s a wrap on #TheSuicideSquad.” said Gunn. “My father died two weeks before we started filming and my dog died two weeks before the end. It was a hard, hard time in my life and yet the most fulfilling time I’ve ever had making a movie. The professionalism, talent, compassion and kindness of this cast and crew inspired me every day. Thanks to everyone involved in this film, in every stage of development, in every department – I am grateful from the bottom of my heart for you all. You are why I make movies.”

Alongside the emotional message was a photo of the assembled cast and crew from the film.

Returning from Suicide Squad are Viola Davis (Amanda Waller) and Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg) and Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang).

Officially joining them are David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Joaquin Cosio, Nathan Fillion, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi,, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchoir, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Idris Elba and Michael Rooker.

The Suicide Squad (aka Suicide Squad 2) is aiming for an August 6, 2021 release date.

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