The live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie has officially become the highest-grossing video game movie in the US, and it’s great news for fans.
Though most of the world is currently being advised to stay at home, this past weekend saw the Sonic flick surpass $145.8 million at the box office, finally besting Detective Pikachu’s $144.1 million.
According to the US figures, Sonic the Hedgehog grossed $57 million USD over its opening weekend earlier this year, surpassing 2019’s Detective Pikachu, which raked in $54.3 million in North America over the same period.
The worldwide stats tell a slightly different story though, with Sonic grossing $43 million USD across the globe for a total of $100 million in its opening weekend revenue. This is still a ways behind Detective Pikachu, which totalled $161 million worldwide during its opening weekend.
It was uncertain for a while just how successful the Sonic movie would be. Sonic’s original design for the movie was scrapped following public outcry over the hedgehog’s very strange looks. A full redesign and a delay in the movie’s launch seems to have paid off though.
Although the redesigned Sonic for the Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie is loved by fans, the game series’ original creator still wants to see the original get his time on the silver screen. Will we ever see it? Sadly, probably not.
In case you missed it, the movie’s official description reads as follows: “Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth.
“In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.”
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