Paramount’s ‘Wonder Park’ Rides to $700,000 at Thursday Box Office

Animated family film contends with “Captain Marvel,” which is expecting a strong second weekend

Last Updated: March 15, 2019 @ 9:10 AM

“Wonder Park,” an animated family film from Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies, earned $700,000 in its Thursday box office previews from 2,620 screens. It opens on approximately 3,800 screens this weekend.

Paramount is looking at an opening weekend between $10-$14 million for the children’s fantasy tale, but it is of course contending with “Captain Marvel” in what is expected to be an especially strong second weekend for the Marvel superhero film. “Wonder Park” is tracking similarly to Paramount’s “Sherlock Gnomes,” which opened in March last year to just $10.6 million on a $59 million budget.

“Captain Marvel” meanwhile grossed an additional $9.1 million domestically on Thursday, bringing its domestic total to $196.8 million. It also made an additional $16.1 million internationally on Thursday, bringing its overall global total to $575.5 million.

“Wonder Park” tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive. One magical day, June is running through the woods to find her way home where she discovers an old rollercoaster car and climbs inside. She suddenly finds herself in Wonderland, an amusement park she had created in her mind and put aside. All of her rides and characters are brought to life but are falling into disarray without her. Now, with the help of her fun and lovable park characters, June will have to put the wonder back in Wonderland before it is lost forever.

Jennifer Garner leads a voice cast that also includes Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Norbert Leo Butz, Brianna Denski and Ken Hudson Campbell. Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec wrote the screenplay.

Also opening this weekend are “Five Feet Apart” from Lionsgate, starring Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse, and “Captive State” from director Rupert Wyatt via Focus Features.