Paramount Pictures has landed some exciting box office news this weekend.
Deadline reports that Sonic The Hedgehog has now earned an impressive $70 million over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend and $58 million during the regular three-day weekend.
This gives Sonic the title of biggest opening for a video game film, taking the record from Legendary’s Detective Pikachu, which was released last year.Both video game adaptations were live-action/animation hybrids.
The film’s PG rating likely help contribute to the holiday weekend boost as younger audiences were able to watch the film while most releases are PG-13, skewing a little too mature for little kids.
I wouldn’t be terribly shocked if Paramount Pictures moves quickly on getting sequels in development given this weekend’s success.
The film notoriously got some fan backlash after the original teaser trailer was released and there was a collective displeasure in the character design of Sonic, the studio heard the concerns and when to work to fix things.
Luckily, Sonic’s animation wasn’t fully completed within the film and Paramount delayed the film’s release a couple of months to allow them to rework the character.
Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth.
In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination.
The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.