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Paramount’s blue video-game hero outpaced Harrison Ford and a CGI dog to take the top spot at the domestic box office.
Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog and Disney’s The Call of the Wild, numbers were close, but the hedgehog that beat out Harrison Ford and a CGI dog at the North American box office this weekend.
Sonic, the CGI and live-action hybrid based on the popular Sega games, zoomed past the $100-M milestone at the domestic box office after collecting $26.3-M in its 2nd weekend, bringing its total to $106.6-M. Internationally, Sonic grossed $38.3-M in 56 markets with openings in 16 markets this weekend.
The movie opened with a record $70-M over Presidents Day weekend, the largest domestic opening for a video game adaptation. It dropped 35% in its 2nd outing.
Call of the Wild, the latest cinematic adaptation of Jack London’s classic novel, debuted to $24.8-M at the domestic box office. Internationally, the film took in $15.4-M across 40 territories, bringing its worldwide bow to $40.2-M.
“It’s a beloved classic and somewhat of a timeless story and with Harrison’s performance, it elevates the film to a level of bringing people out,” Disney’s distribution chief says,
Warner Bros.’ DC anti-heroine movie Birds of Prey picked up $6.7-M domestically in its 3rd weekend landing in # 3 spot over the weekend. Internationally, it collected another $10-M across 78 markets, bringing its global haul to $173.7-M.
Sony’s Bad Boys for Life raked in another $5.9-M in its 6th week in theaters and came in #4. The action movie has grossed $191-M at the domestic box office and $379-M worldwide since its release.
Additionally, the studio’s Little Women adaptation from Greta Gerwig hit a milestone at the box office as it crossed $200-M worldwide at the weekend.
STX and Lakeshore Entertainment’s horror sequel Brahms: The Boy II opened with $5.9-M domestically, keeping in line with projections. The audience was 53% female, with 56% of moviegoers under 25.
Universal’s war epic 1917, which won 3 Oscars, grossed $4.4-M in its 9th week of release, bringing its domestic total to $152-M.
Searchlight Pictures’ Downhill, a remake of Force Majeure took in $1.4 million in its 2nd outing, bringing its domestic gross to $7.4-M.
At the specialty box office
Focus Features’ period piece Emma grossed $230,000 across 5 theaters, with a strong per-screen average of $46,000. The movie drew more females, with 69% of the audience being women, and attracted an older audience, with 58% of moviegoers being 35 and over. It will expand to more theaters nationwide this week.
Amazon Studios’ Seberg, starring Kristen Stewart as French New Wave actress Jean Seberg, grossed $60,500 from 3 theaters, with a per-screen average of $20,200. It will expand to over 300 theaters this week.
WarnerMedia’s Impractical Jokers: The Movie, produced by Funny or Die and TruTV and based on the hidden-camera reality comedy series, laughed up $2.5-M from 350 screens, with a per-screen average of $5,500.
Pantelion Films’ Spanish-language Las Pildoras De Mi Novio, directed by Diego Kaplan, grossed $1.4-M from 350 screens, with a per-screen average of $4,000.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.