‘Invisible Man’ surpasses fandango as ‘Bad Boys 3’ and ‘Sonic’ hit VOD
The best studio release of the year and the two biggest global hits of the year will all be perfect home entertainment for a quarantined nation.
The problem with comparing different online streaming platforms is that the results, in terms of rankings, are different for each of them. Jumanji: the next level is always overtaking google play, but Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot (available to purchase for $ 20) is above Amazon and The invisible Man (available to rent for $ 20) is still on top for the second consecutive weekend at Fandango now. In addition, these rankings can change at any time. Damn, as I post this, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (now available for rent) and Bad boys for life and Sonic the hedgehog (both now available for purchase) could climb the charts.
Nevertheless, more to Fandango now, eight of the top ten titles (Invisible Man, Forward, Bloodshot, Birds of prey, I still believe, the way home, Dolittle and The hunt) are very recent (or downright early) theatrical offers at purchase price. The exceptions are Jumanji: the next level and 1917, which the latter just entered last week in the “you can rent it for $ 5” step. Today sees the beginnings of the “electronic sale” of Bad boys for life and Sonic the hedgehog, as this Friday sees the first “buy-price” debut of Focus Features’ acclaimed indie Never Rarely Sometimes Always and STX Brahms: The Boy 2 (purchase price for only $ 10, mimicking gentlemen go early for only $ 13).
The invisible Man is doing very well in its premature post-theatrical afterlife. Alas, even though the studios are getting more of this rental / purchase price than they would with a ticket sale (which is usually 50/50), it’s not like anyone at Universal or Blumhouse was happy to have had to pull off a successful theatrical release in two weeks. The Leigh Whannell-directed film and starring Elisabeth Moss had grossed $ 124.5 million worldwide, with many overseas territories to follow. Unlike most pre-shutdown versions, The hunt, bloodshot, forward and The way back, Blumhouse is acclaimed (arguably the best film of the year) and buzzy The invisible Man was a success that was metaphorically reduced to its peak.
Oh, and with $ 425 million worldwide and $ 204 million domestically, Sony‘s Bad boys for life is the biggest global and national gain of the year. The action comedy Will Smith / Martin Lawrence was the first “new” January release (not counting Oscar expansions) to surpass $ 200 million domestically, and it’s one of January’s biggest grossers. , even taking inflation into account. Speaking of Oscar, Universal and DreamWorks extensions‘1917‘s joined Hidden numbers ($ 169 million in 2016/2017), La La Land ($ 151 million in 2016/2017) and The ghost ($ 183 million in 2015/2016) as the biggest Oscar season expansions in recent years. It’s no American sniper ($ 350 million in 2014/2015), but he certainly performed, with $ 157 million domestic, as an Oscar title in the early 2000s.
Sonic the hedgehog was also a runaway success, sorry, earning $ 146 million domestically (the biggest video game movie ever, without inflation, in North America) and $ 306 million worldwide. While Paramount’s $ 85million film was a big bang, the pandemic and related theater closings prevented a total greater than the inflation-adjusted cumulative totals of Mortal combat ($ 70 million in 1995 / $ 156 million adjusted) and Pokémon: the first movie ($ 85 million in 1999 / adjusted $ 155 million). Additionally, a delayed release (for now) in China may have made the difference between being one of the biggest video game movies in the world (currently just below Resident Evil: The Final Chapters $ 312 million) and be alongside Carnage ($ 428 million), Detective Pikachu ($ 431 million) and Warcraft ($ 438 million).
Speaking of China, had their lockdown come a few weeks later, the best movies of the year would likely consist of several huge Chinese releases which were all delayed from the debut of their New Years frame. As Chinese cinemas reopen and start playing beyond past blockbusters from China and North America, the list of “top earners of the year” may be very different. But until people like The Rescue, Detective Chinatown 3 (Detective Chinatown 2 earned $ 585 million at the start of 2018) and Jiang ziya (a sequel to the fantastic, more than $ 720 million animated fantasy action Ne Zha) appear in Chinese cinemas, Bad boys for life will be the biggest blockbuster of the year.