Box-Office Watch: The Invisible Man Sees Big $29 Million Opening Weekend

The Illuminerdi breaks down the weekend box-office from February 28th to March 1st, 2020, with The Invisible Man topping the charts.
The Invisible Man Box-Office

Blumhouse Productions’ The Invisible Man, the newest adaptation of HG Wells classic tale, written and directed by Leigh Whannell (InsidiousUpgrade) came out big for opening weekend.

The thriller took the number one spot at the box-office from Sonic the Hedgehog, which has held that position for the past two weeks. This is 2020’s first big success in the horror film genre. The Invisible Man stars Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) as Cecilia Kass and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting At Hill House) as Adrian Griffin, the main protagonist and antagonist respectively. Cecilia Kass is being terrorized by her ex-husband, but no one believes her because Adrian committed suicide. With many twists and turns this reimagining of the well-known story brings The Invisible Man an impressive opening weekend which exceeded expectations by earning $29 million domestically and $49.2 million worldwide. 

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The success of The Invisible Man which gained praise from audiences and critics alike is proof positive of the new plan for the Universal Classic Monsters. After the lackluster reception to 2017’s The Mummy remake, which starred Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible: Fallout) lead to the collapse of the planned Dark Universe. Which would have been the Universal Classic Monsters shared universe similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


The new approach features standalone films made by talented filmmakers who have an interesting new take on these established characters. The Invisible Man was made on a much lower budget than the other films it beat at the box-office, with only a $7 million price tag. Whanell’s success has led to him signing a 2-year first look deal with Blumhouse Productions. The Invisible Man which has a 90% Rotten Tomato Score and a “B+” from CinemaScore will likely continue to bring in profits for Blumhouse in weeks to come.

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Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog was unable to hold onto the top spot this weekend, but still made a respectable $16 million domestically to add to its total of $128.29 million in the U.S. and $265.5 million worldwide. Sonic had the highest opening weekend for a video game movie in the U.S., beating out Detective Pikachu from 2019.


Meanwhile, Disney 20th Century Studios’ Call of the Wild was bumped down to number three, unable to get past Sonic once again, earning $13.2 million in the U.S. during its second weekend in theaters. The total domestically is now $45.86 million and worldwide $79.26 million. 

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Kenji Nagasaki’s (My Hero Academia) Manga movie, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, which opened in Japan back in December 2019 had its domestic release this weekend. The film played in over 1,000 theaters in the U.S. alone. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising did surprisingly well placing at number four in the U.S. box office this weekend having earned $5 million. 

Box-Office Breakdown

TitleWeekend TakeTotal Domestic
The Invisible Man$29,000,000$29,000,000
Sonic the Hedgehog$16,000,000$128,293,652
The Call of the Wild $13,205,000 $45,860,651
My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising $5,109,247 $8,482,448
Bad Boys for Life $4,300,000 $197,368,385
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn $4,100,000 $78,782,133
Impractical Jokers: The Movie $3,545,000 $6,622,091
1917 $2,670,000 $155,867,069
Brahms: The Boy II $2,622,381 $9,770,000
Fantasy Island $2,330,000 $24,059,653


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Caitlin Tyrrell

Features Manager & Producer with The Illuminerdi. Caitlin has a deep love for storytelling of every kind. She is a huge fan of television, animation, and film, but Star Wars, the MCU, and Critical Role hold a special place in her heart.