Universal finally notches a win for their monster remakes as the Invisible Man takes first place.
It seems the answer to how to create a cinematic universe based on old monster movies was pretty straightforward: Don’t. Universal’s Invisible Man, a standalone re-imagining of the classic horror story, hit the box office to rave reviews and solid earnings. I guess we can go ahead and stuff The Mummy back in its sarcophagus after all.
This Week in Box Office History.
The box office fell again, but more modestly than in previous weeks. The domestic totals were down 5% week-to-week, and 16% compared to last year.
Top Film One Year Ago: How to Train Your Dragon- The Hidden World.
Top Film Ten Years Ago: Shutter Island.
Top Film 40 Years Ago: Kramer Vs. Kramer.
Top Three Films.
The Invisible Man snuck into first place. Universal’s latest remake of the classic monsters from the 1930’s notched just shy of 30 million dollars in the US and 50 million dollars worldwide. That’s an impressive return on investment; the film cost only 7 million dollars to make.
Sonic the Hedgehog finished second in the race this week, adding 16 million dollars to a domestic haul of nearly 130 million dollars in total.
The Call of the Wild legged it into third place. The infusion of 13 million dollars helps, but the film is still wildly behind when it comes to making back its budget of 135 million dollars.
FUNimation, hot off its biggest US debut with Dragon Ball Super – Broly, scored another big win. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising landed in fourth place, taking in a touch under 6 million dollars. FUNimation seems to be on a roll lately with their Shonen manga adaptations.
Top Ten Films.
- The Invisible Man (28.2)
- Sonic the Hedgehog (16.2)
- The Call of the Wild (13.3)
- My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (5.8)
- Bad Boys for Life (4.3)
- Birds of Prey (4.1)
- Impractical Jokers The Movie (3.6)
- 1917 (2.7)
- Brahms: The Boy II (2.6)
- Fantasy Island (2.3)