What many expected to potentially flop nearly a year ago has ended up becoming a massive success thanks to a ton of hard working animators. Sonic the Hedgehog has seen a great debut at the box office opening, making about $57 million dollars domestically. With Presidents’ Day weekend going on, the film is expected to make $68 million dollar for its first four day total gross.
Not only is Sonic the Hedgehog slated to be a profitable success of over $100 million worldwide on its opening weekend, but it also surpassed Detective Pikachu‘s record of the biggest opening for a video game adaptation. Paramount should be very glad with Sonic‘s box office performance and their decision to delay the film to redesign the titular character, as one could only wonder how things would have done financially if the old design was kept while being up against Frozen 2. Having cost over $90 million dollars to make, things are starting out very well for the Blue Blur’s first big screen appearance and, given positive reception from fans, we should expect it to stick around for a good while. It IS the only major kids film out at the moment.
Elsewhere at the box office, Bird of Prey came in a second place with about $17 million and expected to make $19 million overall for the four day weekend. The film dropped 48% from its previous weekend and it is now at $83.6 million at the worldwide box office. As for the other new releases, The Photograph opened at $12.3 million, Fantasy Island opened at about $7.6 million and Downhill opening at $4.7 million on its opening weekend. All three films performed as expected, considering how they were smaller releases and could not compete against Sonic‘s family friendly appeal. Regardless, this provides an overall satisfying Valentines Day/Presidents Day weekend at the box office, giving one blue hedgehog some well-deserved gold rings.