Sonic the Hedgehog: Jeff Fowler’s Video-Game Movie Dominates Box-Office

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog dominated 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.

Previously, Pokemon Detective Pikachu, in 2019, boasted the top North American debut 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 $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) and the U.K. ($6.2 million).

The $87 million film — which received 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).

Sonic the Hedgehog‘s launch is a win for Paramount and director Jeff Fowler, who redesigned the character after an outcry from fans even though it meant pushing the film’s release date.

Sonic quashed Warner Bros. and DC’s Birds of Prey, which fell to No. 2 in its second weekend with an estimated $17 million over the three days and $19 million for the four-day frame. The troubled superhero picture tumbled 48 percent, a steep drop for a holiday weekend, to finish Monday with a domestic total of $61.7 million. Internationally, it took in $23 million in its sophomore outing for a foreign tally of $83.6 million.