For the second week in a row, Sonic the Hedgehog has sped past expectations and the competition to remain in first place at the box office with a nearly $210 million haul worldwide.
The fact that it broke records and made box office history by having the biggest opening ever for a movie based on a video game was already impressive, not to mention that it outperformed comic book movie Birds of Prey in spades. Now, the blue blur also has the distinction for holding his own against Disney itself as he managed to defeat Harrison Ford’s Call of the Wild.
Despite receiving average reviews from professional critics, Sonic the Hedgehog is poised to continue dominating movie ticket sales as audiences around the world have responded with glowing praise. It hasn’t even opened in China or even Sonic’s home country of Japan yet, so it’s remarkable that it’s still earning as much as it is.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it might not have a strong theatrical run in Asia. Still, Paramount Pictures and Sega will probably eventually score big via streaming and home media sales for Sonic in those territories. They’re undoubtedly planning for the sequel considering its huge success so far.
Indeed, Sega has been quick to capitalize on the film’s success. The company recently uploaded a brief history of Sonic on its YouTube channel – strongly hinting at more Sonic releases in the near future. With a franchise that encompasses everything from video games, comic books, TV shows, board games, and now movies – Sonic fans have a lot to look forward to.