Disney’s Call of the Wild couldn’t overtake Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, which held the no. 1 spot in its second weekend with an estimated $26.3 million. The videogame adaptation has now grossed $106.6 million through its first two weekends.
Call of the Wild, a production that Disney inherited from 20th Century Studios, marked the live-action debut of animation veteran Chris Sanders. The film earned an estimated $24.8 million in its debut weekend, which doesn’t exactly make it a bomb, but still represents underwhelming debut for a film that cost around $135 million to produce. The film, based on a well known American novel, didn’t heat up the international markets either, pulling in just $15.4 million from 40 foreign markets, for a $40.2 million global total. Its top five markets abroad were France ($2.6m), U.K. ($1.9m), Mexico ($1.4m), Russia ($1.2m), and Italy ($900k).
Call of the Wild starred Harrison Ford and an animated dog, a mixture that was broadly panned by critics, who felt the dog was unconvincing.