BOX OFFICE: “Invisible Man” leads the way — $27 million, anime “My Hero Academia” $9 million Wed-Sunday

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“The Invisible Man,” opening to strong reviews and a rising “Let’s not sit with crowds — ANYwhere” Corona (NOT the Beer) Virus fear, is falling right in the middle between low projections and its possible high water mark.

Last week, $20 was the safe bet for its opening, but as reviews flooded in late, expectations rose. Thursday night’s numbers pointed to a $33 million+ opening.

But the onslaught of bad news over this contagion and the growing sense of the incompetence of the Trump administration expected to contain it seems to be dampening its opening weekend take. A $27 million weekend isn’t bad, but people are already making informed decisions about risks they won’t take.And MAGAs have stopped drinking Corona beer.

The manga-based anime “My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising” sequel got a wide Wed. release and is doing quite well — a $9 million opening week and weekend. These aren’t typically of much interest outside their fan base, and dropping “in on it” expecting a movie that stands alone, impresses with its story, animation and novelty and, well — makes sense — is often an overreach.

I may try to get to it today. Most critics don’t bother.

“Bad Boys for Life” just crossed the $400 million mark worldwide. Looks like we have to pay attention to Martin Lawrence again. Will Smith just rebooted his previously fading career for another three years, at minimum.

“Sonic the Hedgehog” now looks like it will clear the $160 million mark before it fades away in March.

“The Call of the Wild” will clear $50 million before NEXT weekend ($46 by the end of this one).

All of which is predicated on how bad the virus news gets and how the public responds.

Yes, we’re living through “Contagion.” Yes, that film seems prophetic.

 

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