Box Office: Sonic #1 after 22 weeks as slow cinema return continues

• Jumanji: The Next Level also returns to the top five

The slow burn of Australian cinemas has continued with no new releases making the top five of the Australian box office this past weekend. Instead, we saw the return of Sonic the Hedgehog to #1, 22 weeks after it was first released in cinemas.

The overall total saw a somewhat sideways move as movies generated $1.87m which was a 1% decline on last weekends total.

#1 Sonic the Hedgehog $298,400

Distributed by Paramount the big screen adaption of the Sega video game franchise was near the end of its run before the COVID-19 lockdown and seems to have received some level of reprieve with its re-emerging on the other side as one of the preferred choices of returning cinema-goers. The film averaged $1,538 on 194 screens bringing its total to $13.15m.

#2 The Personal History of David Copperfield $258,580 

After debuting at #1 last week the film has slipped one spot in its second week of release, despite being one of the few new releases since cinemas started to re-open. The movie was the most screened film in the country being shown on 221 screens averaging $1,170 with its total sitting at $827,414.

#3 Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs $239,797 

The South Korean animated film has seen its revenue shoot up 74% in its second week of release. With some controversy surrounding the release of the film, it appears to be building momentum after averaging $1,471 on 163 screens, with a total of $581,353.

#4 The Invisible Man $158,805 

The remake of the black and white classic starring Elisabeth Moss and directed by Australian Leigh Whannell is another one of the pre-lockdown films that finds itself in the top five more than 20 weeks removed from its release. The film’s total is now $8.80m after averaging $1,471 on 163 screens.

#5 Jumanji: The Next Level $131,943

29 weeks since its Boxing Day release the second sequel to Jumanji finds itself in the box office top five again. The film is the highest-grossing film of 2020 making $46.24m which is almost a quarter of the total box office for 2020. The film averaged 1,137 on 116 screens.

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