The Call of the Wild isn’t strong enough to topple Sonic The Hedgehog at the box office

The newest adaptation of Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, starring Harrison Ford and set in the 1890s gold rush, has failed to topple Sonic The Hedgehog and Birds of Prey on its first weekend out.

The film took just $843,040 across 272 screens, a far cry from the $2.779m Sonic managed across 365 screens and Birds of Prey’s $1.180m across 299 screens.

The Call of the Wild hasn’t wowed audiences

The Call of the Wild hasn’t charmed critics either, with the film described as ‘heartwarming’, but the CGI ‘unnecessary’.

The film sat ahead of Emma, the latest adaptation of the Jane Austen classic, which took $751,171 across 302 screens in its second week. It currently holds $2.340m at the Australian box office, Sonic holds $7.132m and Birds of Prey $9.082m.

The Oscars are still impacting the box office rankings, with 1917 taking fifth place after seven weeks of release, taking another $745,945 across 291 screens for a running total of $21.678m. This year’s Best Picture winner, Parasite, sat in sixth place after 35 weeks, bringing in another $652,998 across 135 screens.

Bad Boys for Life took seventh place with $506,065 across 194 screens, followed by Fantasy Island which took $464,206 for its second week out.

Richard Jewell and The Gentlemen rounded out the top 10, taking $294,024 and $282,384 respectively. Jojo Rabbit narrowly missed out on the top 10 for its ninth week, taking $214,655 across 124 screens.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Sonic The Hedgehog (Paramount) $2,779,486 365 $7,132,124
Birds Of Prey (and The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) (Wb) $1,180,028 299 $9,082,591
The Call Of The Wild (Disney) $843,040 272 $843,040
Emma (Universal) $751,171 302 $2,371,605
1917 (Universal) $745,945 291 $21,684,770
Parasite (Madman) $652,998 135 $4,701,191
Bad Boys For Life (Sony) $506,065 194 $18,274,848
Fantasy Island (Sony) $464,206 206 $1,672,491
Richard Jewell (Wb) $294,024 230 $1,108,967
The Gentlemen (Roadshow) $282,384 145 $14,314,621
Jojo Rabbit (Disney) $214,655 124 $8,843,707
Midway (Roadshow) $192,724 253 $3,290,357
Bombshell (Studiocanal) $177,041 138 $6,496,672
Little Women (Sony) $150,130 142 $15,249,053
Brahms: The Boy Ii (Jbg Pictures) $140,740 115 $140,740
The Professor And The Madman (Transmission) $131,244 103 $232,223
Ford V. Ferrari (Disney) $119,514 6 $10,739,009
Dolittle (Universal) $114,355 143 $10,950,320
Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, A (Sony) $104,885 150 $3,597,699
Just Mercy (Wb) $65,259 83 $2,644,968

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