Box office goes Sonic again but hears Call of the Wild


“For Call of the Wild heading into weekend the estimates were all over the place, as low as 10 million for the weekend, some saying it could do 15, maybe 20,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “So like Sonic it over-performed.”
In a very distant third with 7 million dollars was Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey in its third week. The weekend’s other wide release, Brahms: The Boy II starring Katie Holmes, was fourth with just 5.9 million dollars. “PG-rated films are more immune to reviews and are more about the audience. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Best picture winner Parasite continued its post-Oscars surge in a week where its victory was mocked at a rally by President Donald Trump, bringing in 3.2 million dollars in North America, where it has earned nearly 50 million dollars. 2020 appears to be bucking that trend with family films thriving in the early weeks of the year. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. And those family audiences may be why critics didn’t matter for the top two films. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. Sonic The Hedgehog zoomed to the top of the box office with a take of 26.3 million dollars in its second weekend while audiences ignored critics and heeded The Call of the Wild as the Harrison Ford CGI dog flick finished a close second with 24.8 million dollars, according to studio estimates Sunday. “Sonic and Call of the Wild represent two PG-rated movies where that void in the marketplace for families is the key to their success in this part of the year, a time that’s usually dominated by awards holdovers and R-rated films,” Dergarabedian said. 20th Century Studios’ The Call of the Wild was also mocked by many on social media for its CGI dog — the first five film adaptations of Jack London’s 1903 novel all used real ones — and reviews were decidedly mixed with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 62 percent, but moviegoers bought into the digital dog and his 77-year-old co-star, who would have won the weekend were it not for a late surge from Sonic. By: AP | Los Angeles |

Published: February 24, 2020 10:19:21 am

Sonic The Hedgehog zoomed to the top of the box office with a take of 26.3 million dollars in its second weekend. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. The hedgehog edged the sled dog by a nose at the box office. That was a disappointing opening at a time of year when horror films often do well. If a kid wants to go see a film, they’re going to go see it” he said. Paramount Pictures’ Sega video game adaptation Sonic the Hedgehog was a laughingstock when its first trailer was released last year, but after a delay and a title-character makeover, the film has now spent two weeks atop the box office and brought in over 200 million dollars globally. It was a strong weekend for both films, with each outperforming expectations and overcoming early doubts about design problems.