Monday Morning Box Office Report: Sonic is a Surprise Hit

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Video game movies are back in a big way with Sonic the Hedgehog racing to a $57 million debut for Paramount over the weekend. That surpasses the opening weekend for Pokemon: Detective Pikachu last year, giving Sonic the biggest opening ever for a movie based on a video game. The movie also earned an estimated $68 million over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend and $111 million worldwide, pushing it beyond expectations and overcoming the initial negative buzz that resulted from the very first trailer (clearly that character redesign paid off). Elsewhere, Birds of Prey fell to second with $17 million followed by Fantasy Island and The Photograph neck in neck for third. Bad Boys for Life rounded out the top 5. Parasite also jumped into the top 10 following its expansion and big Oscar win while Downhill opened at #10, which seems low for a Will Ferrell / Julia Louis-Dreyfus movie (to be fair, it didn’t have a huge marketing push behind it).

1. Sonic the Hedgehog — $57M
2. Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn — $17.1M
3. Fantasy Island — $12.4M
4. The Photograph — $12.3M
5. Bad Boys for Life — $11.3M
6. 1917 — $8.1M
7. Jumanji: The Next Level — $5.7M
8. Parasite — $5.5M
9. Dolittle — $5.1M
10. Downhill — $4.7M



  • Ben Bueno

    That whole list is just brutal, damn. Well except for 1917

  • LordAwesome

    Birds of Prey:

    Didn’t listen to fans.
    Disrespected that characters.
    Flop.

    Sonic:
    Listened to fans.
    Respected the character.
    Hit.

    There’s a lesson there. Will Hollywood learn it?

  • joshdani92

    Sonic the Hedgehog movie is being rewarded for listening to their fans in redesigning their character. They listened to the very source of their box office number (customers’ money). They move their release into a more suitable opening weekend. This Sonic movie is in the right place and at the right time.

  • Facebook User

    I assume that’s a rhetorical question.