Box Office: Pixar’s ‘Onward’ Goes Nowhere With $68M Worldwide, ‘The Way Back’ Scores $8.5M

  1. Onward (review)- $40M

The narrative all along was that Onward looked like a mid-level Pixar film. The early reviews, including my own, confirmed that, but it didn’t perform like mid-level Pixar. Onward, which features a fantasy tale about two elven brothers on a magical journey to resurrect their late father, opened with just $40M. That’s the lowest opening Fri-Sun weekend ever for Pixar. The Good Dinosaur had $39M but had opened on Wednesday. The $200M movie has just $68M worldwide, and while some of that may be due to the Coronavirus wiping out the international market, that certainly wasn’t the case stateside.

2. The Invisible Man- $14.5M/$52M

3. The Way Back (review)- $8.5M

Ben Affleck’s basketball drama The Way Back scored just $8.5M. That’s on the low side of what analysts were hoping for, and speaks to the difficulty of movies like this breaking out in today’s market. The well-reviewed film, which many see as a comeback vehicle for Affleck, is a deeply personal one for the actor, mirroring some of the struggles he has contended with the last few years. What’s sad is this is exactly the kind of movie Affleck has been dying to make, and I hope it holds well enough that he can do more.

4. Sonic the Hedgehog– $8.2M/$141M

5. The Call of the Wild– $7.2M/$57.6M

6. EMMA. (review)- $5.1M/$6.9M

The Jane Austen adaptation EMMA. expanded to over 1500 theaters and earned $5.1M, bringing its total to $6.9M after three weeks. The delightful period drama stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Mia Goth, Johnny Flynn, and Bill Nighy, and is the best take on the classic matchmaking story since 1995’s Clueless.

7. Bad Boys for Life– $3.1M/$202M

8. Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey– $2.1M/$82M

9. Impractical Jokers– $1.8M/$8.6M

10. Jumanji: The Next Level– $1.5M/$316M

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.

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