'Sonic the Hedgehog' edges out 'The Call of the Wild' for 1st place at the weekend box office

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  • “Sonic the Hedgehog” narrowly topped “The Call of the Wild” to
    win the weekend domestic box office.
  • “Sonic” brought in an estimated $26.3 million while “Wild”
    earned $24.8 million.
  • “Sonic the Hedgehog” has been number one at the box office for
    two straight weeks.
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It’s very rare that Disney has to duke it out with any other
studio for box office supremacy, but that’s what happened this
weekend with its 20th Century title “The Call of the Wild” against
Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog.”

The adaptation of Jack London’s classic novel starring Harrison
Ford and a CGI dog brought in an estimated $24.8 million its
opening weekend at the domestic box office. But “Sonic,” the
classic video game adaptation, topped that with a $26.3 million
take in its second weekend in theaters (its domestic total is now
over $100 million).

the call of the wildThe two
movies have been trading blows the whole weekend.
On Friday
, “Call of the Wild” brought in $7 million to top
“Sonic,” which brought in $6.2 million.
By Saturday night
, the hedgehog had passed the gruff Ford movie
as it took in $12 million on the day versus $9.9 million. Sunday
estimates have “Sonic” edging out “Wild” once the weekend ends.

Many believed “Sonic the Hedgehog” would easily win the box
office for a second-straight weekend, but the $25 million take by
“The Call of the Wild” is better than industry projections (though
it does have a hefty
$135 million budget
) as Ford’s name above the poster seems to
have motivated families to check out the movie. And it probably
didn’t hurt that “Wild” had the Disney marketing muscle behind
it.

However, Paramount gets the rare two weekends in a row above the
box office heap with “Sonic.” The movie scored a rare box office
win last weekend for the studio, and to win again is much-needed
fuel for Hollywood’s oldest studio that only shines these days when
it’s releasing Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible” titles.

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Box-office highlights:

  • STXfilms/Lakeshore Entertainment’s “Brahms: The Boy II” brought
    in $5.9 million. The horror starring Katie Holmes hit its
    projections and is a solid win for STXfilms.
  • But not all horrors are working in theaters. Sony’s
    “Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island” took in a minuscule $4.2 million in
    its second weekend out. Its domestic cume is now at $20.17 million.
    Thankfully for all involved, the movie was only made for $7
    million
    .

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'Sonic the Hedgehog' edges out 'The Call of the Wild' for 1st place at the weekend box office