The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.
Weekend Estimates Update:
Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 arrived in theatres this weekend with a strong estimated first place debut of $71.00 million. The video game based sequel directed by Jeff Fowler, starring Jim Carrey and James Marsden and featuring the vocal talent of Ben Schwartz, Colleen O’Shaughnessey and Idris Elba, exceeded its already lofty pre-release expectations. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 also comfortably outpaced the $58.02 million pre-pandemic three-day start of 2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog (by 22 percent) and even outpaced the $70.00 million four-day holiday start of Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 delivered the largest opening weekend ever for a video game based film (a record that previously belonged to Sonic the Hedgehog), the second largest opening weekend of 2022 to date (behind only The Batman), the seventh largest opening weekend since the re-opening of domestic theatres and the eighth largest opening weekend ever for the month of April. The strong reception of the initial Sonic the Hedgehog film with audiences and the addition of popular characters Tails the Fox and Knuckles the Echidna helped Sonic the Hedgehog 2 maintain (and build upon) the existing audience from its predecessor. Following Scream, Jackass Forever and The Lost City, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 represents another noteworthy performer for Paramount, as the studio has had a very nice start to 2022 thus far.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 started out with $26.50 million on Friday (which included an estimated $5.0 million from Thursday previews that began at 3PM and an additional $1.25 million from select Wednesday previews), increased 1 percent on Saturday to take in $26.80 million and is estimated to decrease 34 percent on Sunday to gross $17.70 million. Family audiences turned up in large numbers for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 this weekend, as family audiences made up an estimated 58 percent of the film’s overall audience. On the average, critical reviews for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 have been solid, which is good by the standards of most video game based films and is similar to the critical reviews for Sonic the Hedgehog. And like its predecessor, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 looks to be going over significantly better with audiences than it has with critics, as Sonic the Hedgehog 2 received a strong A rating on CinemaScore (Sonic the Hedgehog also received an A rating on CinemaScore) and currently boasts a 97 percent Verified Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. Given the film’s strong early word of mouth, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will have a chance of displaying better holding power than its predecessor did, especially since holds for Sonic the Hedgehog later in its run were hampered by the onset of COVID-19 in North America.
Internationally, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 grossed an estimated $37.0 million this weekend from 53 international markets. Respective totals for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (which opened internationally last weekend) stand at $70.0 million internationally and $141.0 million globally. This weekend’s international performance for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 included debuts of $6.3 million in Mexico and $3.4 million in Brazil. Additional international totals for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 to date include $14.0 million in the United Kingdom and $9.0 million in France.
Meanwhile, it was a rough second weekend for Sony’s Morbius, which placed in a distant second with an estimated $10.20 million. On the heels of last weekend’s solid start, Morbius tumbled a concerning 74 percent this weekend. Poor critical reviews, lackluster word of mouth, losing IMAX screens to Universal’s Ambulance and built-in front-loading to begin with (as a comic book adaptation with horror themes), all contributed towards this weekend’s second weekend decline for Morbius. With a ten-day start of $57.08 million, the current total gross to opening weekend ratio for Morbius stands at just 1.46 to 1. And going forward, Morbius is likely to remain highly front-loaded. It should be reminded that Morbius was significantly less expensive than most higher-profile comic book based films. Internationally, Morbius held up a bit better this weekend, as the film declined 62 percent from last weekend to take in $15.0 million from 62 international markets. That brings the film’s international total to $69.3 million and current global haul to $126.4 million. International grosses by market for Morbius through Sunday include $6.8 million in the United Kingdom, $6.0 million in Mexico and $5.0 million in France.
After experiencing a sharper than expected second weekend decline last weekend, Paramount’s The Lost City stabilized quite nicely this weekend by decreasing 38 percent to place in third with an estimated $9.17 million. With a solid 17-day gross of $68.85 million, The Lost City has moved into fifth place among all 2022 releases thus far domestically. Going forward, look for The Lost City to continue to hold up well, especially with the film’s second weekend decline moving further into the past. With a current international total of $9.7 million, The Lost City has grossed $78.6 million to date globally.
In other box office news, Universal’s Ambulance debuted in fourth place with an estimated $8.70 million. The Michael Bay directed action thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Eiza González opened on the low end of already modest expectations. Despite the advantage of playing on IMAX screens (which were responsible for an estimated $1.2 million of this weekend’s overall domestic gross) and boasting solid critical reviews, at the end of the day audiences just weren’t that interested in watching Ambulance, at least not in a movie theatre; perhaps the film will be able to attract a larger audience once it hits streaming on Peacock. Moviegoers who have caught Ambulance appear to be liking the film, as Ambulance received a healthy A- rating on CinemaScore. Domestic expectations for Ambulance were held in check due in part to the film’s lackluster international performance. After grossing an estimated $2.8 million this weekend from 68 international markets, respective totals for Ambulance stand at $22.5 million internationally (through four frames) and $31.2 million globally.
Warner’s The Batman rounded out the weekend’s top five with an estimated $6.50 million. That represented a solid 41 percent decline from last weekend. The Batman continues to pad its status as the highest grossing release of 2022 thus far domestically, with a 38-day total of $359.00 million. Internationally, The Batman took in an estimated $6.6 million this weekend from 75 international markets. That brings the film’s international total to $376.1 million and current global haul to $735.1 million.
After two impressive weeks of platform release, A24’s Everything Everywhere All At Once had a very successful expansion into semi-wide release with an estimated sixth place take of $6.06 million from 1,250 locations. That gave Everything Everywhere All At Once a solid per-location average of $4,847 for the frame and represented a 462 percent increase over last weekend’s performance (when the film was playing in just 38 locations). Compared to previous semi-wide release expansions for A24, this weekend’s performance for Everything Everywhere All At Once came in ahead of the $5.35 million grossed by 2015’s Ex Machina (from a similar 1,255 locations) and just below the $6.37 million grossed by 2017’s The Disaster Artist (from 840 locations). Everything Everywhere All At Once was directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (collectively known as Daniels) and stars Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, James Hong and Jamie Lee Curtis. Buzz for Everything Everywhere All At Once has continued to build thanks in part to the film’s terrific reception with critics and initial audiences alike. Everything Everywhere All At Once has grossed a promising $8.45 million through 17 days and A24 plans on continuing to expand the film to more locations in the weeks ahead.
In international news, Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore started out its international run this weekend with an estimated $58.0 million from 22 select international markets. International debuts this weekend for the third Fantastic Beasts film included $10.0 million in China, $9.4 million in Germany, $8.6 million in Japan, $8.0 million in the United Kingdom, $3.9 million in Australia, $3.1 million in Spain and $2.4 million in the Netherlands. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore grossed an estimated $4.3 million from international IMAX screens this weekend, with $1.5 million of that total coming from China. In addition to opening domestically this coming weekend, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore will also be opening in an additional 44 international markets, including Brazil, France, Italy, Mexico and South Korea.
Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys grossed an estimated $7.5 million internationally this weekend from 43 international markets. This weekend’s international performance included a $1.5 million start in France. Additional current international totals for The Bad Guys include $6.2 million in the United Kingdom, $5.0 million in Spain, $4.5 million in Mexico, $3.4 million in Germany and $3.3 million in Australia. Through four frames, The Bad Guys has grossed $40.3 million internationally. The Bad Guys will open domestically on April 22.