Country: United States
Category: Upcoming Fantasy/Adventure
Release Date: March 15, 2019 (USA)
Director: David Feiss
Produced by: John Walker, Nicole Paradis Grindle
Music by: Steven Price
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Production company: aramount Animation
Wonder Park just opened in theaters with no credited director. It took five years to get it to the big screen. It reportedly cost close to $100 million even before marketing and distribution. Critics ripped it, and moviegoers seemed to think it was just OK. But at least they watched it! Wonder Park was initially expected to make around $10 million for its opening weekend, per THR. Instead, it opened to $16 million. That's not one of the world's great success stories, but the PG film overperformed from projections. Wonder Park made $16 million at the domestic box office and another $4.3 million in 19 international markets. So the current worldwide total is $20.3 million. The film clearly has a long way to go to recoup the $80M-$100M it reportedly cost to make the movie even before distribution. But it could've been worse! Just saying. Find those silver linings where you can. Wonder Park managed to take second place at the March 15-17 box office, behind repeat winner Captain Marvel but ahead of fellow newcomer Five Feet Apart. In other good news, Wonder Park has a B+ CinemaScore from moviegoers polled on opening night. In less good news, Wonder Park currently has a 30% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 42% rating from the audience. That 30% from critics is even lower than our own CinemaBlend projection.
It’s not often that I begin a review for a children’s animated film like this but seriously: What the f*ck did I just watch? I’ve never seen a movie - let alone a children’s movie - miss its mark as spectacularly and borderline offensively as this. This becomes even more remarkable when you factor in the list of A-list talent voicing the film — Jennifer Garner, John Oliver, Matthew Broderick, Mila Kunis, Ken Jeong, and Kenan Thompson are all onboard for this strange, sinking ship of a film, one whose production is almost as inept as its marketing. If you’ve seen the trailer for Wonder Park, then you’ve perhaps been mildly interested in its story of a young girl who discovers an old park roller coaster car in the woods, one that propels her into a hidden magical amusement park run by silly talking animals while also being overrun by “chimpanzombies” - odd little stuffed animals come to life and bent on mayhem. It looks blandly charming, an inoffensive but forgettable tale about imagination and … whatever. Here’s what the trailer doesn’t tell you: Wonder Park is the story of June (Brianna Denski), who invents a wild, imaginary amusement park with her adoring mother (Jennifer Garner). Mom and Dad (Matthew Broderick) love to indulge her imagination, as long as it doesn’t get too wild, and their bucolic life is as perfect as can be. And then her mother gets cancer..
With 50 review to date, the movie holds an abysmal 28% score on the review aggregation platform Rotten Tomatoes, which is the lowest for an animated film since last year’s Sherlock Gnomes (27%), which was also from Paramount Animation. Centered on a young girl whose imaginary amusement park comes to life to help her overcome grief, Wonder Park has gained notoriety beyond negative reception because it was release without a credited director. As far as we can remember, this is the first time that a major studio cg feature has opened without anyone being listed as the official helmer.