Sonic movie beats Detective Pikachu for largest game movie opening weekend ever

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It’s been a long and winding road for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, rife with disappointment, confusion, a studio closure, and, ultimately, redemption. Box Office Mojo is reporting that the Sonic movie is currently on track for an estimated $68 million four-day holiday debut, and it made an estimated $57 million box office with its three-day performance, enough to dethrone Pokémon: Detective Pikachu for the largest opening for a video game movie adaptation ever. The film has pulled in an additional $43 million internationally from 40 markets. Sega and Paramount reign supreme for now.

Sonic the Hedgehog movie box office is glowing because people like it

Contributing to the Sonic movie’s stellar performance are positive word of mouth and an arguably strong marketing campaign. Moviegoers polled by CinemaScore gave the film an “A” rating, and in fact, even review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has the movie currently pinned at 63%, which is (arbitrarily) considered a “fresh” score. (For reference, Detective Pikachu has 69%.) In other words, audiences and critics mostly agree that the Sonic movie is an enjoyable time.

Jim Carrey’s performance as Dr. Robotnik in particular has been sighted as a standout, hailed as a zany return to form for an actor who first rose to fame from performances in the likes of Ace Ventura, The Mask, and Dumb and Dumber. The stars have aligned in a lot of improbable ways to make the Sonic movie a success. Now we just hope that Sonic the Hedgehog can find himself in a quality video game in the near future.

If you saw Sonic the Hedgehog this weekend, what did you think of it?


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!