- Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” won the domestic box office over the weekend with an estimated $57 million ($68 million by Monday).
- That performance was higher than the studio’s projected $40 million.
- It’s the biggest opening ever for a video game movie, besting the $54.3 million opening by “Pokémon Detective Pikachu.”
- The best picture Oscar winner “Parasite” took in $5.5 million, its biggest weekend to date, after it was expanded to 2,000 screens.
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Paramount finally has a box-office winner, and it’s thanks to a video game character and Jim Carrey wearing a silly mustache.
Following duds like “Gemini Man,” “Terminator: Dark Fate,” and, most recently, “The Rhythm Section,” the studio was atop the domestic box office this Presidents Day weekend with “Sonic the Hedgehog.”
The family-friendly movie brought in an estimated $57 million on more than 4,100 screens ($68 million by Monday). That’s quite a performance for a movie Paramount had projected only in the low $40 million range for the weekend.
It was also a nice rebound for a title that had been best known for the uproar online over its CGI portrayal of the iconic gold-ring-loving Sonic in the movie’s first trailer. The visual-effects artists went back to the drawing board and created a version more true to the way Sonic looks in his video games, which Sega launched in the early 1990s (Carrey portrays the game’s main villain, Dr. Ivo Robotnik). The movie was pushed from a November release to this weekend so the team had enough time to redo Sonic’s look.
With the $57 million opening, the $85 million-budgeted “Sonic” has the best opening weekend ever for a video game adaptation, passing Warner Bros.’ “Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” which had a $54.3 million opening in May.
- Coming off its big Oscar night, including becoming the first non-English movie to win best picture, “Parasite” brought in a hefty $5.5 million in 2,000 screens, its biggest weekend to date.
- Warner Bros.’ “Birds of Prey” dropped a steep 49% from its opening weekend, taking in $17 million.