No quest worth its salt is ever easy.
Just ask the folks behind Onward. Pixar’s latest flick had to dodge controversy, leap competitors and wrestle the pesky panic over the coronavirus in order to reach the hallowed box-office mountaintop. But reach it Onward did—planting its tattered flag to flap over every other movie in the land.
Sure, Onward didn’t finish its quest without a few scars. The film earned “just” $40 million domestically, which was below what many had expected. It collected $28 million overseas, too. With coronavirus fears growing in the United States and still blanketing much of the movie-watching planet, one might expect Onward’s box-office run to log lower numbers than it otherwise would have. Still, a win is a win. Onward will continue to move forward in the coming weeks.
We continue to see plenty of sightings of The Invisible Man at the box office as well. Last weekend’s No. 1 pic slipped to second, earning $15.2 million in North America. It’s now taken in $52.7 million.
The weekend’s other big new release, The Way Back, finished way back in third place with $8.5 million. Ben Affleck’s R-rated inspirational flick about a high school basketball coach struggling with alcoholism also slid below expectations. But the season’s not over yet.
The blue protagonist from Sonic the Hedgehog continues to gather up the green, sweeping up another $8 million to push its total domestic tally to $140.8 million. That makes it the year’s second highest-grossing movie (Box Office Mojo lists 1917 above it, but the war flick was released in 2019). It’s earned $154.8 million overseas, too, giving it a worldwide take of just about $295.6 million. Talk about your Sonic boom.
The Call of the Wild closes the book on the weekend’s top five with $7 million.