Onward and Upward as Pixar Rules the Box Office Once Again

Onward and Upward as Pixar Rules the Box Office Once Again

Onward and upward as Pixar rules the Box Office once again

Pixar scored yet another #1 opening at the box office as Onward took in an estimated $40 million domestically, on the lower end of expectations. Unfortunately, the well-reviewed fantasy original earned one of the lowest openings in the studio’s history, the lowest since their dud The Good Dinosaur opened at #2 with $39.2 million in 2015. Overseas it also had a lackluster debut with $28 million, for a $68 million total. A non-IP movie with a complex premise was always going to be a hard sell, but hopefully good word of mouth (the film has an A- on CinemaScore) will help keep the Dan Scanlon-directed pic afloat.

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Dropping one place to #2 is Universal’s hit monster movie The Invisible Man, which scored $15.1 million over the three-day for a $52.6 million domestic take and $98.2 million worldwide. That’s all for a movie that cost a paltry $7 million before advertising.

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Opening at #3 was the Warner Bros. sports drama The Way Back, starring Ben Affleck. The film took in $8.5 million, on the lower end of expectations for the $20 million dollar film.

Paramount’s hit video game adaptation Sonic the Hedgehog fell from #2 to #4 with $7.9 million for a $140.8 million domestic take and $295.6 million worldwide. The film is now only a hair’s breath away from passing Pokémon Detective Pikachu‘s $144.1 million domestic take.

20th Century Studios’ The Call of the Wild fell two places to #5 with $7 million for a $57.4 million domestic take and a worldwide haul of $114.9 million.

Finally, expanding domestically to #6 is Focus Features’ new take on Jane Austin’s Emma with $5 million for a $6.8 million stateside total and $20.8 million worldwide. By comparison, the 1996 version of Emma starring Gwyneth Paltrow earned $22 million domestically and $37.8 million worldwide (not adjusted for inflation), a high benchmark for the new one to reach.

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