Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Box Office: “Hedgehog” Breaks Sound Barrier with $71 Mil, Bay’s “Ambulance” Screeches to All Time Low


Who saw this coming?

The “Sonic the Hedgehog” sequel was a blockbuster that no one predicted. The animaed film broke the sound barrier. Three day total was a whopping $71 million. The original only did $58 mil on its opening weekend. What’s going on? Parents are dying for someplace to take kids. They went to the movie theaters. Paramount scored a huge winner.

“Sonic” has now made more money than Paramount’s “Lost City” in one week, compared to the latter’s three weeks. “Lost City” started strong but has petered out to $68 mil. This weekend was $9 million. Next weekend should be half of that, and so on down the line. “Lost City” will have to find some fans internationally although so far the release hasn’t really launched.

And “Ambulance”? The $50 million misfire is looking at $8.7 million tops, maybe less, took fourth place after “Lost City.” For Michael Bay, the “Transformers” director and producer of commercial hits, this wasn’t his brightest moment.  As I noted yesterday, it’s an all time low for Michael Bay, champ of the meaningless blockbusters.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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