When first seeing the original footage of Paramount’s semi-animated video game adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog back in 2018, it’s safe to say fans were worried about what the film studio was going to do to their beloved blue hedgehog. After listening to those fans, the studio reworked Sonic’s design entirely and there was an audible sigh of relief from around the world when Sonic finally looked like Sonic again. Throw Jim Carrey into the equation as the evil Dr Robotnik and you’ve got yourself a successful video game adaptation.
It’s safe to say the box office numbers reflect exactly that.
In the UK, Sonic opened with £4.7mil and put it at the top of our top ten for this weekend.
In the US it smashed the box office with a huge $58mil opening.
See Sonic the Hedgehog up and down the country this half term for guaranteed excitement and thrills! Not convinced? Read The Film Magazine’s review.
Another new entry this week is the 2020 remake of Jane Austen’s famous novel Emma, starring Anya Taylor-Joy as the titular character alongside Josh O’Connor, Bill Nighy, Johnny Flynn and Miranda Hart. Full of heart, charm and whit, Emma opened with £1.6mil and places at number 6 in our top ten.
After its huge success at the Academy Awards last weekend, Parasite sits comfortably in second place at the UK box office this week with a total to date of £5million. This is a huge success considering it has had a limited release and therefore people have had to travel further to see it. Cinema goers around the UK clearly wanted to see the first ever foreign language Best Picture winner and it shows.
The UK box office chart for the weekend of 14th-16th February 2020:
|Film title||Weeks of release||Weekend total||Total UK box-office to date|
|1. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)||1||£4,733,768||£4,733,768|
|2. Parasite (Studiocanal)||2||£2,523,518||£5,092,732|
|3. Dolittle (Universal)||2||£2,135,951||£8,197,463|
|4. 1917 (Entertainment One)||6||£1,950,909||£39,229,416|
|5. Birds of Prey (Warner Bros.)||2||£1,773,023||£5,820,838|
|6. Emma (Universal)||1||£1,635,797||£1,635,797|
|7. Bad Boys For Life (Sony)||5||£842,038||£14,371,453|
|8. 365 Dni (Phoenix Pictures)||1||£378,790||£378,790|
|9. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)||10||£326,564||£35,236,372|
|10. The Gentlemen (Entertainment)||7||£238,781||£11,536,705|
The highest grossing UK films of 2020 thus far:
|Film title||Release date||Total|
|1. 1917||10th January 2020||£39.2 million|
|2. Bad Boys For Life||17th January 2020||£14.4 million|
|3. The Gentlemen||1st January 2020||£11.5 million|
|4. Dolittle||7th February 2020||£8.2 million|
|5. Jojo Rabbit||1st January 2020||£7.5 million|
With it being half term here in the UK this week, there are plenty of films to take the family to see…
This Wednesday (February 19th) Call of the Wild hits cinemas up and down the country.
A remake of the 1935 film of the same name, and based on the 1903 novel by Jack London, Harrison Ford and his new four legged companion struggle for survival as they find themselves in the adventure of a lifetime. Set in 1890s Alaska, Call of the Wild boasts an impressive cast and is likely to be a family hit this half term.
Steve Coogan and Michael Winterbottom team up again for new theatrical release Greed, a semi-biographical satire about a retail tycoon celebrating his 60th birthday with an elaborate party in Greece. Alongside Coogan are Isla Fisher, David Mitchell, Asa Butterfield and Shirley Henderson. Coogan and Winterbottom have worked together on multiple projects in the past including 24 Hour Party People and The Trip. See Greed in most cinemas from February 21st.
Like A Boss is an American comedy starring Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek about two female employees who try to take back complete control of their cosmetics brand. The domestic box office opened with a relatively sub-standard $10million and negative reviews from critics. Like A Boss hits the big screen here in the UK this Friday!
Little Joe (Ben Whishaw) and Brahms: The Boy II (Katie Holmes) are also set for release this coming weekend.