Box Office: ‘The Invisible Man’ Screams with $29-M in NA Start, $49-M Worldwide


Universal and Blumhouse’s The Invisible Man scared up $29-M in its North American box office debut and $20.2-M overseas for a $49.2-M global take over the weekend.

Driven by a 92% Rotten Tomatoes score, The Invisible Man had the best domestic opening for a horror pic since last September’s It: Chapter Two, and 1 of the best ever for Jason Blum’s production company. The film, which cost just $7-M to produce before marketing, is also a win for Universal’s fresh Monster Universe.

The latest adaptation of the classic HG Wells novel tell us about a woman who escapes an abusive relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist. When her ex commits suicide, Cecilia begins to suspect his death was a hoax and believes he has found a way to become invisible after a series of eerie coincidences and encounters that turn lethal.

While horror movies traditionally skew female, the audience for The Invisible Man was 53% male. The film is playing in 3,620 cinemas in North America.

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog fell to # 2 in North America with a $16-M in its 3rd weekend for a domestic total of $128.2-M. Overseas, the family pic won the weekend with another $26.8-M for a foreign take of $137.2-M and a $265.4-M globally.

20th Century and Disney’s The Call of the Wild fell 47% in its 2nd frame, taking in $13.2-M for a domestic take of $45.9-M and $11-M internationally from 50 markets for a foreign total of $33.4-M and $79.3-M globally. Because of its hefty $150-M budget, the pic appears destined to land deep in the Red signaling that Harrison Ford, 77 anni, can no longer ‘carry a picture’.

The anime pic My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, based on the popular Japanese manga franchise, came at #4 with $6.3-M from 1,260 theaters for a 5-day debut of $9.6-M.

Sony’s breakout hit Bad Boys for Life achieved a major milestone as it cleared $400-M globally. In North America, the film rounded out the Top 5 with $4.3-M for a domestic take of $197.4-M and $405.4-M globally.


Impractical Jokers: The Movie, a big-screen adaptation of the reality TV show, continued to impress in its 2nd weekend with $3.5-M for a take of $6.6-M and # 7 on the chart.

The specialty box office

Holdover Parasite earned $1.5-M for a domestic take of $51.6-M.

Searchlight’s Wendy failed with a location average of $7,500 from 4 theaters in New York and Los Angeles.

Sony Pictures Classics’ Greed also failed with a location average of $7,124 from 4 theaters in New York and Los Angeles.

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