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'Call of the Wild' Looking at $24-27M Opening and a Possible #1 Finish

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Disney's release of 20th Century's The Call of the Wild is performing ahead of expectations, bringing in an estimated $8 million and, depending on where you look, is expected to finish anywhere from $24-27 million for the weekend, which puts it in a tight race for a #1 finish against Sonic the Hedgehog. The film, while performing ahead of expectations, will still have some room to run as it carries a $135 million production budget. The film's "A-" CinemaScore may help it along the way as word of mouth could help propel it to a solid multiple.

'Sonic the Hedgehog' Races to Record Video Game Opening, Potentially Reaching $70M Four-Day Debut

Paramount's Sonic the Hedgehog exploded onto screens this Presidents' Day weekend, delivering the largest opening weekend ever for a video game adaptation to go along with an estimated $68 million, four-day holiday debut. Meanwhile Sony's Fantasy Island and Universal's The Photograph are neck-and-neck in a race for third and Searchlight's Downhill finished just inside the top ten.

'Sonic the Hedgehog' Rings Up $21 Million on Friday, Heading Toward $60M+ Four-Day

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Paramount's Sonic the Hedgehog brought in an outstanding $21 million on Friday and is now expected to deliver a $60+ million four-day performance with some expecting as much as $66 million. Opening day crowds enjoyed what they saw, giving the film an "A" CinemaScore.

'Birds of Prey' Grounded While Holdovers Thrive Over Oscar Weekend

Positive reviews and audience response wasn't enough to send Warner Bros.'s Birds of Prey flying too high this weekend. While the latest DC Comics adaptation was able to secure the weekend's #1 slot it fell well short of expectations. However, Oscar contender 1917 was one of three titles to see a single digit drop as audiences sought to see the film that is widely expected to take home tonight's Best Picture honors.

'Birds of Prey' Flying Much Lower than Expected

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: WB's Birds of Prey is flying much lower than expected, bringing in an estimated $13 million (including $4 million from previews) on Friday with expectations for a debut around $32-33 million. The performance is far lower than all expectations, including WB's $45 million pre-weekend figure. Opening day audiences gave the film a "B+" CinemaScore.

'Bad Boys for Life' Tops Super Bowl Weekend; 'Rhythm Section' Delivers a Record Worst Opening

For a third straight weekend in a row Sony's Bad Boys for Life topped the weekend box office, and continues to do so with ease, though it isn't as if the competition from a pair of newcomers was stiff. Both UAR's Gretel & Hansel and Paramount's The Rhythm Section fell below expectations, and the latter is even struggling to remain in the weekend top ten and earned a record no film ever wants.

'Bad Boys for Life' Looking at Third Weekend at #1

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: UAR's Gretel & Hansel brought in an estimated $2.3 million on Friday and may end up coming up just shy of $6 million for the three-day and Paramount's The Rhythm Section isn't performing any better, bringing in an estimated $1.15 million on Friday, expected to finish with just $3 million for the weekend.

'Bad Boys' Repeats at #1; STX's 'Gentlemen' Bags $11 Million Debut

Sony's Bad Boys for Life entered its second weekend with a strong holdover performance, repeating atop the weekend box office and topping $120 million domestically after just ten days in release. Meanwhile, STX's release of Guy Ritchie's The Gentlemen enjoyed a solid debut while Universal's The Turning finished just outside the top five, disappointing both critics and audiences alike.

'The Gentlemen' Heading Toward for $10-11+ Million Debut

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: STXFilms's The Gentlemen is pacing right on expectations, bringing in an estimated $3.7 million from 2,165 locations on Friday, heading toward a debut anywhere from $10-11+ million for the weekend. The film received a "B+" CinemaScore.

'Bad Boys for Life' Brings the Heat, Delivering $68 Million MLK Debut

The Martin Luther King holiday is bringing more box office heat than originally expected as Sony's Bad Boys for Life delivered the second largest MLK four-day performance ever as well as the studio's largest R-rated opening ever. Added to that, even Universal's Dolittle outperformed expectations, though the $175 million production still has a long way to go.

'Bad Boys for Life' Looking at Possible $70 Million MLK Debut

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Sony's Bad Boys for Life is looking to deliver the second largest MLK weekend performance ever after bringing in an estimated $23.5 million on Friday. Current expectations are for a three-day performance nearing $60 million and a four-day coming just shy of $70 million. Along with solid reviews from critics, the film received an "A" CinemaScore and holds a 96% audience rating at RottenTomatoes.

'1917' Expands with Excellent $36.5 Million Weekend

Universal's 1917 made the most of strong word of mouth and two Golden Globe wins, topping the weekend box office with ease as it expanded nationwide following two weeks in limited release. Meanwhile, Paramount's Like a Boss fell a bit shy of its pre-weekend expectations and Fox's Underwater drowned. WB's expansion of Just Mercy, however, was able to deliver a top five finish as it also went nationwide following its limited release over the December holidays.

'1917' Explodes On Scene, Targets $36M+ Wide Debut

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: 1917 built on a great start following Thursday evening previews, ultimately bringing in an estimated $13.97 million on Friday (including $3.25 million from previews) and is now expected to bring in north of $36 million for the three-day. Added to that, the film received an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences.

'Rise of Skywalker' Tops $900M Globally, 'Frozen 2' #1 Animated Release All-Time & 'Grudge' Debuts with $11.3M

Disney domination continues as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker leads the way domestically for the third straight weekend, topping $450 million domestically and over $900 million worldwide while Frozen II has now become the highest grossing animated release of all time worldwide reaching $1.325 billion worldwide. As for Sony's new release of The Grudge, it topped expectations and rounded out the weekend's top five, while nearly all of the weekend's holdovers within the top ten dropped less than 40% compared to last weekend.

'The Grudge' Set for $12 Million Debut

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: With an estimated $5.35 million on Friday, Sony and Screen Gems's The Grudge is expected to finish with anywhere from $11-13 million or so this weekend. One thing that might push that three-day total closer to the lower end of the range, as well as hamper any kind of long-term expectations, is the "F" CinemaScore the film received from opening day crowds.

'Little Women' and 'Uncut Gems' Ride High Over the Five Day Holiday Weekend

Disney's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker topped the weekend box office for a second weekend in a row, while the weekend's newcomers -- Sony's Little Women and Fox's animated feature Spies in Disguise -- both topped studio expectations as did this weekend's expansion of Uncut Gems, which has now topped $20 million domestically.

'Rise of Skywalker' Faces Incoming Competition from 'Little Women', 'Spies in Disguise' and 'Uncut Gems'

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Sony's Little Women is leading this week's crop of new releases, pulling in an estimated $5.74 million on Friday with the studio anticipating a three-day performance just shy of $16 million and a five-day opening topping $28 million. The film received an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences.

'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' Delivers $175.5M Debut While 'Cats' Coughs Up a Furball

Disney's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker led the weekend box office, though there is likely to be a bit of pushing and pulling from analysts as to whether the film's $175.5 million debut is a worthy opening for the final installment in the now 42-year-old Skywalker saga. Meanwhile, Universal's Cats fell well short of expectations and appears to have already been left out in the rain.

'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' Heading Toward $190+ Million Debut

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: With an estimated $90 million on Friday, Disney's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is looking at a $190-195 million, three-day debut. The performance falls below the two most recent Skywalker saga features, and audience response to the film appears to be a bit below both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, which both received an "A" CinemaScore while Rise of Skywalker received a "B+".

'Jumanji 2' Roars to $60M Opening While A24's 'Uncut Gems' Delivers Studio Record Debut

While the studio attempted to downplay expectations, Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level opened at the top end of industry expectations, leading the weekend charge with a December studio record opening and getting the box office off to a strong start for the holiday frame. Though, it has to be mentioned, that strong start didn't trickle down to the weekend's two other new wide releases as both Universal and Blumhouse's Black Christmas and WB's Richard Jewell fell well below expectations.
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