THR is reporting the latest Sonic News:
Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog made a loud boom at the Presidents Day box office with a three-day domestic opening of $57 million, a record for a video game adaptation. The film’s projected four-day gross of $68 million is among the best showings ever for the long holiday weekend, which coincided this year with Valentine’s Day.
Until now, 2019’s Pokemon Detective Pikachu boasted the top North American opening for a video game adaptation with a three-day start of $54.3 million, not adjusted for inflation.
Overseas, Sonic the Hedgehog launched to a strong $43 million from its first 40 markets for a global bow of $100 million through Sunday, and $111 million through Monday. Top markets included Mexico ($6.7 million). The U.K. followed with $6.2 million.
The $87 million film — which nabbed an A CinemaScore — is based on the popular Sega video game and sees the titular character (voiced by Ben Schwartz) team up with a small-town sheriff (James Marsden) to battle the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey).
The movie’s better-than-expected debut is a big win for Paramount and director Jeff Fowler, who redesigned the character after a loud outcry from fans even though it meant pushing the film’s release date.
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