Sonic the Hedgehog has been racking up some rings at the box office over the weekend. Despite the cold weather and competition from the star-studded Birds of Prey, Sonic has already pulled in a massive $57 million haul at the domestic box office and over $100 million internationally.
That large sum marks a new record in cinematic history. It’s the largest opening ever for a movie based on a video game franchise, speeding past last year’s Detective Pikachu which brought in $54.3 million domestically over its opening weekend.
To be fair, Detective Pikachu was based off a spin-off Pokémon title and it was in theaters at the same time as Avengers: Endgame, which itself raked in almost $3 billion. To be facing that kind of competition and still walk away strong remains impressive in its own right.
Still, that doesn’t detract from Sonic‘s dazzling big screen debut. Nobody would have predicted this remarkable success last April when the first infamous trailer for the movie dropped and was universally panned for its revolting design of the titular hedgehog.
The negative reaction was so strong that Paramount Pictures and director Jeff Fowler decided to delay the film for three months to totally redesign the character. Their gamble has obviously paid off, as the final design is not only a huge improvement, but also their reaction to customer feedback has been met with high praise from fans and industry analysts alike.
It doesn’t hurt that the film features a great performance by Jim Carrey as the villainous Dr. Robotnik that harkens back to his most famous roles.
Meanwhile, Birds of Prey continues to flounder with a paltry $142 million box office even as it nearly finishes its second week in theaters. The R-rated Suicide Squad spin-off made a number of odd marketing, writing, and directorial choices that severely impacted its appeal to moviegoers.
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