Sonic the Hedgehog Races To Biggest Opening For A Video Game Movie

Who knew that the one of the best video game movies of this generation involved a talking, blue hedgehog and Jim Carrey with a mustache? But if there’s anything we can learn from Sonic the Hedgehog‘s box office success, it’s that you can’t take feedback for granted.

The live-action adaptation of one of the most iconic video games in history enjoyed a spectacular opening weekend, grossing an estimated US$57 million (S$79.2 million) domestically in the US (via Business Insider).

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This meant it beat out 2019’s Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (US$54.3 million) as the most successful opening weekend for a live-action video game movie, as well as knocked Birds of Prey off its perch as last weekend’s top movie.

Globally, it raked in an impressive US$100 million (S$139 million). After such a strong initial showing, Sonic is widely considered to be a surprise box office hit, considering its US$87 million budget.

Writing and performances aside, this, of course, can certainly be attributed to the fact that the animation for Sonic the Hedgehog was taken quite seriously, after the severe backlash the post-production team faced when the initial design for the titular character was unveiled.

If only Cats learned its lesson, right?

Sonic the Hedgehog opens in theatres in Singapore on 20 February 2020.

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