Weekend BOX OFFICE update: 13-15 March, 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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Weekend BOX OFFICE update: 21-23 February, 2020

Another weekend has drawn to a close as the Birds of Prey slip to third place and Sonic The Hedgehog defies expectations to hold on a number one.

Another great weekend for Paramount Pictures this week as Sonic The Hedgehog holds on at the top of the charts. In its second weekend frame the SEGA adaption fell -55% compared to its strong debut last weekend and delivered an estimated $26.3m over the three-day, pushing the film’s domestic total to a little over $106m after only ten days in release. 

Internationally, Sonic added a further $38.3m, pushing the international cume to $96.5m for a global total topping $203m. New openings this week were led by Russia with $6.3m whilst we here in the UK continue to lead the way overseas with a cumulative total of $19.1m.

Landing in second place this week was brand new Disney’s release of 20th Century Studios film Call of the Wild. The Harrison Ford starrer is an  adaptation of the classic Jack London adventure novel and arrived at a cost reported as $135m.

The domestic weekend news puts the film at around a $24.8m gross, a little ahead of pre-weekend expectations but still a ways behind making back that high budget.

Internationally, the film launched in 40 markets with an estimated $15.4m for a $40.2m global launch. Leading the way this weekend was a $2.6m opening in France followed by the UK ($1.9m), Mexico ($1.4m) and Russia ($1.2m). Next weekend sees openings in Japan, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela with an April 16 date set for South Korea.

Sitting in third place this week is Warner Bros. Birds of Prey. In its third weekend frame the DC Films picture fell -59% from its second weekend to gross an estimated $7m. The film’s domestic total is now around $72m whilst globally it sits around  $173.7m.

Plenty of rumours now put the film in the green for Warner Bros. but this is yet to be confirmed by the studio.

Narrowly edging out Bad Boys for Life for fourth is STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment’s horror sequel Brahms: The Boy II with an estimated $5.9m. Internationally, the film launched in 23 markets with an estimated $2.22m for a global launch just over $8m.

Rounding out this week’s top five is Sony’s Bad Boys for Life with an estimated $5.86m, pushing its domestic tally to $191m as it will soon become the first release of 2020 to top $200m domestically.

Internationally the film added another $8.1m, including a $1.1m debut in Italy. That pushes the overseas cume to $200m for a worldwide tally reaching $390m.

Until next week Super Friends!


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Final weekend box office breaks records for SONIC THE HEDGEHOG

Yesterday we brought you our usual roundup of the weekend box office with Paramount Pictures Sonic The Hedgehog stealing the top spot from the Birds of Prey.

Now that the four-day weekend has drawn to a close in North America we have updated numbers to show how each of the top ten films performed across the three-day and four-day finals.

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount) – $58M 3-day; $70M 4-day 
  2. Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (WB) – $17M 3-day; $19.9M 4-day
  3. Fantasy Island (Sony) – $12.3M 3-day; $14M 4-day
  4. The Photograph (Universal) – $12.2M 3-day; $13.3M 4-day
  5. Bad Boys for Life (Sony) – $11.5M 3-day; $13M 4-day
  6. 1917 (Universal) – $8.1M 3-day; $9.4M 4-day
  7. Parasite (Neon) – $5.7M 3-day; $6.8M 4-day
  8. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony) – $5.5M 3-day
  9. Dolittle (Universal) – $5M 3-day; $6.3M 4-day 
  10. Downhill (Fox Searchlight) – $4.6M 3-day; $5.1M 4-day

That $70m weekend for Sonic becomes the biggest opening for a video game adaption across both the three-day and four-day weekend and is also one of the top Presidents’ Day weekends of all time.

Warner Bros. Birds of Prey continues to show a less than significant drop in business in its second weekend which may prove that the film will have some sustainability in the coming weeks.


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Weekend BOX OFFICE update: 14-16 February, 2020

This weekend at the box office a certain furry, blue hedgehog displaced the Birds of Prey from the top of the worldwide box office. With the US out for a four-day weekend there’s plenty more updates to come but for now we’re taking a look at the three-day numbers.

Paramount Pictures has plenty of reason to celebrate this morning as Sonic The Hedgehog has debuted with an excellent $57m across the three-day weekend. According to Box Office Mojo the film is set to finish the Presidents’ Day Weekend with around $68m in the bank.

The film is a a hit with audiences, earning itself an “A” CinemaScore to go along with that impressive 95% audience rating on RottenTomatoes. Opening weekend crowds were 56% male with 70% of the audience coming in aged under 25 years old.

Sonic launched in 40 markets across the weekend (read our review here) and brought in an estimated $43m for the studio, bringing the global total to around $100m for the opening three-day weekend.

Leading the pack was Mexico with a $6.7m debut followed closely by us here in the UK, where the film opened with an estimated $6.2m. Additional markets include France ($4.3m), Germany ($3.3m), Brazil ($3m), Australia ($2.8m), Spain ($2m), Italy ($1.9m), Ukraine ($1m) and Colombia ($1m). Paramount now takes Sonic to Russia next week followed by a March release in Japan. No date is yet set for a China release.

Warner Bros. Birds of Prey had to settle for second place this week, dipping by a mild -48% in its second weekend and bringing in an estimated $17.1m over the three-day. The film expected to deliver $19.6m for the four-day holiday frame in North America, pushing it’s domestic total to $61.7m.

Internationally, the DC Films release generated an estimated $23m from 78 markets, representing a -46% drop from opening weekend. The film’s international cume now totals $83.6m, pushing the global box office to just shy of $143m.

Mexico currently leads the way overseas with an estimated $7.9m, followed by the UK with $7.6m.

In third place we find Sony Pictures Fantasy Island with an estimated $12.4m over the three-day and an expected $14m for the holiday weekend. The film received a “C-” CinemaScore from opening day crowds, a generous result when compared to the 9% critical rating on RottenTomatoes.

Fantasy Island launched in 35 markets across the weekend and brought in an estimated $7.6m for the studio. France leads the way with an estimated $1.3m debut followed by Indonesia ($950k), and Australia ($700k). The film will open in Germany next week followed by debuts in Russia (Mar 5), UK (Mar 6), Mexico (Mar 27), Brazil (Apr 16) and South Korea (May 14).

Rounding out the top five this week is Sony’s Bad Boys for Life, the film dipped just -6% this weekend, bringing in an estimated $11.3m over the three-day weekend. It is expected to finish with $12.8m for the holiday frame as its box office now tops $182m domestically. Internationally, the film added another $11.1m, pushing the overseas total to $187m for a global cume that now stands at $368m.

Until next week Super Friends!


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Weekend BOX OFFICE update: 7-9 February, 2020

Finally, after three weeks atop the North America box office, Bad Boys For Life has been de-throned by Warner Bros. Birds of Prey. Elsewhere on the chart Oscar hopeful 1917 showed impressive legs ahead of last night’s ceremony.

Warner Bros. hit a speed bump in the road of DC Films as Birds of Prey landed atop the chart with $33.25m. Going in to the weekend the film was widely expected to gross between $50-55m although Warner Bros. insiders point to the studio looking more around the $45m mark.

Either way Birds of Prey underperformed despite impressive reviews from fans and critics (read our 9/10 review here). The film also scored a healthy B+ CinemaScore from opening weekend audiences.

The news is more encouraging on the international front where Birds of Prey raked in $48m from 72 markets. Thanks to the Coronavirus outbreak in China the film has lost any chance of gripping the Asian market which is currently in a tailspin.

Leading the way in international markets was Mexico with an estimated $4.6m launch followed by Russia ($4m), UK ($3.9m), Brazil ($2.8m), France ($2.7m), Australia ($2.7m), Indonesia ($2.4m), Korea ($1.9m), Germany ($1.8m), Taiwan ($1.5m), Italy ($1.4m) and Spain ($1.38m). Japan will be the final market to open on March 20.

Globally the film has grossed $81.25m to date from a reported $84.5m production budget.

Bad Boys For Life had to settle for second place this week. The Sony Pictures film dropped -32% for an estimated $12m three-day and pushing the domestic total to over $166m.

Internationally, the film added another $15.8m for an overseas gross totalling $170m and a worldwide total now reaching $336m. Don’t forget that a fourth entry in the franchise is now also in active development.

Continuing to show incredibly strong holdovers is Universal Pictures 1917 which takes third place on this week’s chart. The multi-Oscar nominee fell by only -5% on previous week, grossing $9m and taking it’s North America total to $132.5m.

The World War One epic continues to play strongly in international markets, bringing in around $15m this weekend. The Sam Mendes directed film has now grossed $287m and is sure to be boosted this week following its performance at last night’s Oscars ceremony.

Universal’s Dolittle finished in fourth with an estimated $6.66m, dipping just -12% as it heads in to its fourth weekend in release.

Rounding out the top five this week is Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level (reviewed here), which brought in an estimated $5.5m, dipping just -8% as it slides in to its ninth week of release. It’s domestic gross now tops $298m whilst internationally saw its international cume rise to $470m for a worldwide total of $768m.


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BIRDS OF PREY targeting $110m global opening weekend

With Birds of Prey now in cinemas world wide the guessing game begins as to how much money the film will make in its opening weekend.

The Hollywood Reporter is predicting that the Cathy Yan directed picture will gross in the region of $50m in North America. A conservative number by most comic book movies but remember that Birds of Prey is R-rated in the US meaning its audience is already smaller than wider, PG-13 releases.

Internationally, Warner Bros. is expecting a gross of around $60m from the markets where the film is making its debut.

The reported production budget for Birds of Prey is in the region of $80-90m meaning it looks like the studio as a hit on its hands. Are you heading out to see Birds of Prey this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. The movie will be directed by Cathy Yan and arrives in cinemas on February 7, 2020.


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Weekend BOX OFFICE update: 1-3 February, 2020

For the third straight weekend Sony Pictures Bad Boys For Life has topped the North American box office. The film faced little competition a new releases this week fell below expectations.

Bad Boys For Life topped the box office with an estimated $17.7m this weekend. The film’s domestic gross now tops an impressive $148m, easily making it the highest grossing release in the Bad Boys franchise. A fourth film is now in development.

Internationally, Bad Boys continued to perform well bringing in an estimated $30.8m and elevating the film’s international cume to $142.7m for a franchise best, $271m global total.

Holding on strong in second place was Universal’s 1917 delivering an estimated $9.66m  this weekend. That pushes the film’s domestic total to just shy of $120m.

Internationally, 1917 brought in an estimated $20.9m from 61 markets, this week included openings in Russia, Taiwan, Sweden, and Thailand. The international gross currently stands at $129.8m.

According to BoxOfficeMojo, Universal also took third place with Robert Downey Jr. vehicle Dolittle. Unfortunately the film is performing much like its name, bringing in just $7.7m.  The struggling $175m production has now managed to gross just over $55m domestically as it kicks off its third week in release.

Internationally Dolittle has now grossed over $71m after bringing in an estimated $17.7m this weekend from its 63 markets. The film’s global cume now stands at $126.6m with releases in France, here in the UK, Brazil, Russia and Japan yet to come along with a release date for China not yet set.

Rounding out the top five this weekend were United Artists Gretel & Hansel which grossed an estimated $6m and STXfilms’s The Gentlemen which also grossed in the region of $6m.


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Weekend BOX OFFICE update: 24-27 January, 2020

Sony Pictures Bad Boys For Life held on to the top spot in North America this week with a strong holdover in its second weekend frame. The film held off competition from holdovers 1917 and Dolittle, plus the opening of Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen which had to settle for forth place.

Bad Boys For Life closed out the weekend with an estimated $34m, bringing its domestic total up to a respectable $120m after ten days in release and dipping just -46% from its opening weekend. The film is now only $20 shy of becoming the highest grossing film in the franchise, a fourth Bad Boys entry is now in the works.

Internationally, Bad Boys added a further 19 markets and grossed $42m this weekend. That pushes the international tally to $95m and brings a global cume estimating around $215m. According to BoxOfficeMojo, the weekend’s top market was Russia where the film brought in an estimated $4.7m. This is closely followed by France ($4.1m), Belgium ($1.4m), Netherlands ($1.5m), Ukraine ($1.1m), Colombia ($1.1m) and South Africa ($1m). Our home market in the UK remains the film’s top overseas market where it has grossed $10.7m to date.

In second place, Universal’s 1917 held on strong grossing a further $15.8m, dipping just -28% on the previous weekend. The war epic’s domestic total now sits at an estimated $103.8m. Internationally, 1917 added an estimated $23.7m from 50 markets, including new openings in Brazil, Italy, Norway, Indonesia and Colombia with the international cume now close to $97m. For those doing the math, that’s a global tally that now tops $200m.

Rounding out the US domestic top five is Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level which brought in an estimated $7.9m and pushing the sequel’s domestic performance over $283m. The film added a further $9.6m this weekend internationally, bringing the global total to $738m. Though it looks unlikely to reach the $1 billion mark, Jumanji: The Next Level is still a huge success for the studio.

For those keeping a close eye on the performance of The Rise of Skywalker, the ninth film in the main Star Wars saga has this week become only the fifteenth film to cross $500m at the US box office. Its current total sits at $501.5m with a further $544.6m internationally. That brings the J.J. Abrams directed picture to $1.04b globally.

Until next week Super Friends…


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