Good news for Sony and Paramount Pictures. Their adaption of the SEGA franchise Sonic The Hedgehog raced into becoming the largest box office opening weekend ever for a film based on a video game.
Box Office Mojo reports,
“With an estimated $57 million three-day performance, Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog topped last May’s Pokemon Detective Pikachu to become the largest three-day opening ever for a video game adaptation. The film, based on the iconic SEGA video game, is expected to finish around $68 million for the four-day holiday frame, which would be the fourth largest Presidents’ Day opening ever, with some anticipating the film will top $70 million by the time the long, holiday weekend is over.”
GameSpot adds that Sonic The Hedgehog was the number one film for the weekend of February 14-16 earning $57 million, topping WB’s adaption of Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey, which only pulled in a little over $17 million in its second weekend. On its opening weekend, Sonic was also pulling in a 95% audience rating based on over 6,000 views.
Clearly, Sonic is a winner for Sony, which has struggled to develop a film franchise of its own. At one point, they tried to renegotiate their deal with Disney over Spider-Man’s presence in the MCU. When Disney asked for a bigger cut of the pie, Sony tried to take Spidey back, only to earn the ire of angry Marvel Comics fans, causing a reversal of the decision. They have launched some spin-offs to mixed results, but Sonic is clearly speeding across the finish line, this could help them begin a possible franchise for Sony in the future.
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