Sun. Mar 29th, 2020

Box Office: ‘Call Of The Wild’ Narrowly Takes First Place Against ‘Sonic: The Hedgehog’ With $27.8M

20th Century Studios’ “The Call of the Wild” is doing better than industry projections expected, with Saturday morning estimates now projecting a $27.8 million opening for the family adaptation of Jack London’s short story.

If that result holds after Saturday matinees, it will be enough to take the No. 1 spot from Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog,” which is currently estimated for a $24.8 million second weekend. That’s a 57% drop from the film’s $58 million opening weekend, but consistent with the $25.1 million second weekend earned by “Detective Pikachu” last May. It also makes “Sonic” the first Paramount release in over a year to cross the $100 million domestic mark, the last being the “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee.” “Call of the Wild” is receiving strong audience reception with an A- on CinemaScore and a 4/5 on Postrak. Critics have also been somewhat positive with a 63% Rotten Tomatoes score.

However, the film’s heavy use of CGI to create its St. Bernard protagonist the animals he encounters gave this film a reported budget of $135 million, making profitability very unlikely. In third is WB’s “Birds of Prey” with an estimated $7 million third weekend that gives it a $72 million domestic total. In fourth is the STX/Lakeshore horror film “Brahms: The Boy II,” which is estimated to take in $6 million in its opening weekend from 2,151 screens.

That’s below the $10 million opening earned by the first “Boy,” but still meets both tracker and studio projections. However, reception has been poor with a C- on CinemaScore and 9% on Rotten Tomatoes. 

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

Photographs are Courtesy: 20TH Century Studios/Disney  

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